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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Distill Ventures and Liquid Investments with Frank Lampen

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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The Coffee Club with John Lazarou

John Lazarou went from being a hairdresser 1989, to joining two forwarding-thinking business minds the following year, in operating a small cafe in Brisbane.

That same venue over the next 30 years, evolved into one of the most notable franchises in the coffee industry – now, with 400 venues across 9 countries.

John joins the program as a Director of that brand – The Coffee Club – and its holding company, Minor DKL Food Group.


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Barista Hustle with Matt Perger

Barista, Roaster, Green Coffee Buyer and Researcher, Matt Perger is a true purveyor of coffee. He’s won multiple competitions, including the World Brewers Cup in 2012, World Coffee in Good Spirits Competition in 2014 and placed twice in the World Barista Championship – third in 2011 and second in 2013.

Matt is often recognised in the coffee industry for his publication, Barista Hustle. He’s a partner at Sensory Lab Coffee Roasters and also works with St Ali in Melbourne, Australia. 

In Matt’s words, he loves ‘details, science and taste’.


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Fighting Food Waste with Katy Barfield

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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Digital Farmers’ Market with Alex Stefan

Alex Stefan has been backed by Celebrity Chef, Matt Moran, for his new social marketplace for small food producers, Oomami.

Aiming to bring the farmers’ market experience online and connect consumers directly with producers, Alex is applying a life-long career in hospitality, with over half a decade as an educator of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University.


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Opportunity and Innovation with Phil Di Bella

Phil was featured in the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and reveals that 80% of what he says in this episode, he has never spoken about before – things like the lessons learned spending time with Richard Branson and insights into hospitality, business and life.

This episode is with man who has built a business that epitomises what Hospopreneurs is about – customer-centricity, opportunity and innovation.


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