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Urban List with Susannah George

Susannah George is the award winning CEO & Founder of Urban List – Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent lifestyle publisher. 

Identifying a gap in the Australian market for an independently curated city guide, Susannah built the brand from her bedroom in 2011 and has since established a platform with over three million visitors every month.

10 years later, her dedication to digital publishing has led her to be recognised with several accolades and collaborate with brands like Mercedes Benz, Bank Australia, Intrepid and Rolling Stone.


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Delivery Through Downturn with Shane Delia and Jason Wyatt

Today’s guests are partnered on the food delivery marketplace, Providoor. Shane Delia – director of Delia Group Restaurants – and Jason Wyatt, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Marketplacer – a global technology company.

Shane – author, TV host and Brand Ambassador (Mercedes-Benz and HostPlus) – joined Jason – Chartered Accountant (KPMG, Morgan Stanley and General Motors) and Founder of BikeExchange – to establish a premium food service in the height of covid.


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Italian Liqueurs, Marketing and Distribution with Trent Russell

Trent Russell is the Regional Director of APAC for the Italian business, Illva Saronno – the company behind leading liquor brands, Disaronno and Tia Maria.

Responsible for growth and strategy, Trent applies tertiary knowledge in psychology, law and commerce, a Masters-level education (acquired from an Executive MBA) and 10 years with the 3rd largest spirits company, Bacardi-Martini, to lead Illva Saronno across the Asia-Pacific region.

His brand management and marketing executive experience also previously based him in Sydney, Shanghai and London, before working with a family-owned Russian vodka brand.


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The Amazon of Foodservice with Ben Lipschitz

Ben Lipschitz is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at FoodByUs, a wholesale food marketplace for restaurants to order from hundreds of suppliers.

Dubbed ‘Amazon for the foodservice industry’ FoodByUs is the market leader and has received Venture Capital investment from, amongst others, Macquarie Bank’s Venture Capital division.

Prior to founding FoodByUs, Ben founded and sold international footwear company, Flipsters. He has a Bachelor of Arts/Law (UNSW).


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KeepCup, B Corp and Scaling Sustainability with Abigail Forsyth

Bright, bold and instantly recognisable, KeepCup is servicing demand in over 76 countries with offices in LA and London but remains loyal to its roots in Melbourne, where Abigail and her brother, Jamie launched their first reusable cup, 10 years ago.

A long way since the original search for a more sustainable way to serve food, Abigail joins the program with an international presence, B Corp certification and a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2025. 


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Data-Driven Customer Engagement and SevenRooms with Joel Montaniel

Joel Montaniel is the CEO and Co-Founder of SevenRooms, a fully-integrated, data-driven guest experience platform for hospitality operators. SevenRooms is venture-backed by Amazon, Comcast Ventures and Providence Strategic Growth and has been named on Inc.‘s Best Workplaces and Forbes’ Best Startup Employers lists. The company’s clients range from independent restaurants to global enterprises including MGM Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Topgolf and Live Nation. 

Joel’s experience is wide and varied from investment banking – dealing with Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) – to global AI-powered messaging technology. 


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Opening the Liquor Loot with Joel Hauer

Joel Hauer is the Founder and CEO of Liquor Loot – one home for two subscription services, delivering three premium whisky and gin tasters from around the world each month. These brands, Whisky Loot and Gin Loot are designed to take subscribers of all knowledge levels, on a deeper journey to understand whisky and gin. 

After an early career in advertising, Joel started his own agency – to help businesses navigate the digital ad world – and later combined this experience with his passion for spirits, to build Liquor Loot.

As the sole-founder and CEO of the business, Joel’s role involves sourcing the monthly product and implementing changes in its delivery systems, managing supplier and investor relations and ensuring continued growth of the near-five year old business.


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Kaddy and The Beverage Industry with Mike Abbott and Rich Coombes

Co-founded by high school and university mates, Rich Coombes and Mike Abbott, who have each had previous entrepreneurial successes – Rich, with Batlow Cider, Capital Brewing and Will & Co Coffee and Mike, who co-founded Uber in Australia – Kaddy, was designed to evolve the antiquated methods of ordering and payment in the beverage industry and operate as a centralised platform to connect venues and retailers – to discover, order, invoice and pay.

Following an $800,000 angel investor raise in June 2019 and launch in September, June 2020 saw the business raise another $3.5 million dollars in an oversubscribed round to ultimately list names like KTM Ventures, SpringCapital and a previous guest and friend of the show, Stevan Premutico (the founder of Dimmi and me&u) all on their cap table.

Now, having grown to over ten times the size it was pre-COVID, Kaddy is rolling out across the East Coast of Australia with significant plans for the future.


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FMCG, Chocolate and Koko Black with Nicolas Georges

Nicolas Georges is an innovator and a system thinker leading Koko Black through major transformational change. Challenged in his first year of leadership by a global health pandemic and business lockdown, Nic’s previous FMCG and retail experience was put to the test. 

Before Koko Black, Vitasoy Australia and Bakers Delight, Nic had already spent 15 years with Nestle in Europe and then time with Kraft Foods and Mondelez in Australia – where he helped spearhead the AUD$2billion multinational to become one of the most innovative food manufacturers in the country – and joined Monash University to create the Food Innovation Centre – where he remains an adjunct professor in Chemical Engineering.


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SPC, Much More Than Baked Beans and Spaghetti with Robert Giles

SPC is Australia’s leading producer of premium packaged fruit. It’s a company with over a hundred years of history and one that has subsidiaries that many of us have fond memories of. Robert Giles – a recognised senior leader of large scale FMCG and multiple channel businesses – leads them as their CEO.

With 30 years of experience across brands like Simplot, Nestle and Coca-Cola, Rob believes that despite Australia’s small market, if executed correctly, SPC will put Australian food manufacturing on the map.


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