Director, Strategy and Educator
I have an audacious goal of inspiring one million people and helping them work towards achieving financial independence by having their own successful entrepreneurial business.
I have 25+ years consulting experience in commercialising IP and innovation and I have been intimately involved with 21 startups, 47% of them still operating and profitable.
This is a huge success rate, and you can find my complete resume on LinkedIn!
In addition, I was a Consultant to the BluGlass IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:BLG).
I grew-up in The Netherlands and lived in California before moving to Australia to study Marine Biology. This was followed-up with a Post-Graduate Degree in Social Sciences, and a Masters in Innovation Commercialisation.
My interest in commercialisation began when I took the job of Business Development Manager at the Adelaide Technology Park.
Commercialisation demands a firm grasp of the real world, a place that is at once chaotic and organised, and my background in science, politics and business formed the foundation of my success.
After several years with Sydney’s Australian Technology Park, I launched my first startup, a boutique consultancy in innovation commercialisation.
I became an Angel Investor (cash and mentoring) in several talented teams, and for revenue generation I concentrated on University and other Research and Development (R&D) spin-offs.
For 15+ years, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, Meat and Livestock Australia (Australia’s 3rd largest R&D funder), and other happy clients kept me busy.
I was offered my own column in FastThinking, Australia’s premier innovation journal and this allowed me to indulge my passion for writing.
As time moved forward I decided I wanted to be more socially relevant, and help those with a burning desire to dream big and achieve amazing outcomes for themselves and others.
Startup entrepreneurs absolutely need our advice but can’t afford to pay for it, and I have wanted to launch an entrepreneurial education and training company.
BusinessNavigate and BusinessNavigateAcademy is the result.
I continue to be a publisher and contributor to several Blogs, I lead and mentor the BusinessNavigateAcademy program development team, and am also one of its educators.
I absolutely love the entrepreneurial process, the satisfaction of achievement and the creativity it demands.
In my free time I like go hiking, enjoy time relaxing at the beach, playing tennis and catching-up with friends over casual meal.
Oh yes, I’m also on a quest to perfect my home barista skills, always striving for that perfect cup of coffee … still a long way to go on that one!
My favourite book and movie of all time is “A Good Year”, set in the south of France. It is about the importance of mindfulness and to focus on what the French lovingly call “joie de vivre”.