Specialty Coffee and Wolff Coffee Roasters with Penny Wolff


Penny Wolff is the Co-owner of three distinct retail coffee brands – Dandelion & Driftwood, Queen of Pops, and Big Bad Wolff – and a roastery – Wolff Coffee Roasters – of which she is the CEO and operates in a Non-Executive capacity.

With a strong background in education, Penny brings a creative touch to the craft and sheds a unique perspective on the industry. She’s very spiritual and has a mantra “to act with intention, integrity and persistence”.


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Three Generations of Taylors Wines with Mitchell Taylor

Managing Director of Taylors Wines, Mitchell Taylor, follows in the footsteps of his father, Bill Taylor and grandfather before him, Bill Taylor Snr – but his career began with a large stockbroking firm in London in the mid 80s.

His passion for wine led him back to Australia, where he worked across all facets of the family business – from export and finance director to winemaker. Over 30 years later, he now oversees all aspects of the business. 

Mitchell has degrees in Commerce and Science and is deeply involved with key industry associations, including as a Director of Wine Australia and The Drinks Association and founding and current director of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW). 

One of the first major companies to transition to the screw cap, Taylors has continued to hold its strong international reputation as a highly-regarded Australian wine company.


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Blackbird Ventures and The Future of Food with Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong is a partner at Blackbird Ventures, a technology venture capital fund with $1B in funds under management. Blackbird was an early investor in Australia’s startup successes: Canva, Zoox and CultureAmp.

More recently, the fund invested in Fable Food Co. – Founder, Michael Fox, was on the show back at Episode 106.

Prior to joining Blackbird, Sam was a startup founder, product manager with multinational e-commerce startup, SurfStitch.com and a corporate lawyer with Minter Ellison.


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Stagekings Makes Furniture with Jeremy Fleming

Jeremy Fleming is the Managing Director of Stagekings – the company behind the sets of events like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Ninja Warrior and Ultra Music Festival.

Navigating the company through this very difficult time, Jeremy saw an opportunity for Stagekings to manufacture WFH office furniture and thrive over 2020.

After reemploying his staff and another 70 more, the company has built the IsoKing range and donated over $50k to Support Act – a music industry crisis relief charity.


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Animal Feed and ProAgni with Lachlan Campbell

Lachlan Campbell, the Co-Founder and CEO of ProAgni – an antibiotic-free animal feed supplement company – opens conversation on the economics of animal food and what he’s doing to make a difference in the industry.

Lachlan grew up on the family sheep farm in Australia and has decades of experience in livestock production and farm management – as a specialist consultant, advising hundreds of family farming businesses on planning and long-term sustainability.


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Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.


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Banking to Baskin-Robbins with Ben Flintoff

Long before his current role as General Manager of Baskin-Robbins, Ben Flintoff worked in small business lending with a major Australian bank and further developed his finance career with a private bank in London, establishing a strong analytical foundation that led him to a holiday resort company in Canada, winery in Queensland and cafe and catering business in Brisbane. 

Ben’s passion for food and guest satisfaction ring through as he leads his team to create unforgettable memories through ice cream.


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Irrigation and SWAN Systems with Tim Hyde

Tim Hyde is the CEO and Co-Founder of SWAN Systems, a Perth based AgTech company that enables irrigators to optimise their water and nutrient applications to improve yields, reduce costs and conserve resources. 

With extensive experience across major horticultural and agricultural groups, as a grower and consultant, Tim has gained a deep knowledge of the issues that irrigators face on a daily basis and now, through SWAN Systems, heads a team of irrigation experts throughout Australia, to fulfill their vision of becoming ‘the global industry leader in irrigation and nutrient management software’.


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The Australian Superfood Co with Hayley Blieden

Hayley Blieden is the Founder, Chief Dietitian and Managing Director of The Australian Superfood Co (TASC) – a major supplier of native ingredients to food and beverage manufacturers and service companies in Australia and overseas.

Prior to founding TASC, Hayley worked as a nutrition journalist and nutritionist at the North Melbourne Football Club. She has a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition (Monash), an MBA (Deakin) and last year, completed the Mars Seed of Change Accelerator program.


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Proof and Company with Paul Gabie

Paul Gabie is the Co-founder and CEO of Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirit companies.

With over nine offices across China, Singapore and Australia, Paul has established one of the most highly regarded creative teams in the bar world.

Guiding the development of countless bars across Asia, five have ranked in the World’s 100 Best Bars in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In addition to engineering and law degrees, Paul holds also an MBA from IMD, in Lausanne Switzerland.


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