Seedlip and Starward Whiskey are two of the companies Frank Lampen has scaled through his business, Distill Ventures. The six year old beverage accelerator has invested in another eight brands, globally – at various stages of development.
Prior to working with startups, Frank held operational roles across the hospitality, music and media industries and consequently draws on incredible and wide bodies of knowledge.
Soon after starting the interview, James’ microphone cut out, so we’ve used our backup to share this insightful conversation. Enjoy.
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Twenty minutes before recording, Sean O’Meara’s first company, Impos, was acquired by Jonas Software – but his attention remained resolute.
In true tech founder form, Sean started his journey in a garage but his recent company, Doshii, as been backed by Reinventure (Westpac) and Coca-Cola Amatil and aims to change how Point of Sale (POS) systems connect venues to the apps around them.
Sean is a big believer in conceptual design, testing and failing to learn as quickly as possible to solve problems.
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Katy Barfield has dedicated the past 12 years to fighting food waste. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, she led the organisation to redistribute over two million kilograms per year, until leaving in 2012.
Now, through her award-winning social enterprise and Australia’s first online food surplus marketplace – Yume – Katy works with market leaders like Kellogg’s, Sodexo, Unilever and Mondelez to redistribute surplus food.
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