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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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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Meat Meeting with Alex Shirazi

Alex Shirazi is a co-founder of the Cultured Meat Symposium – a Silicon Valley-based conference on lab-grown or cultured meat – he’s the Founder of Phlint, a retail analytics firm and he’s also a really nice guy.  

We first met online, in the lead-up to Global Table – where he chaired a panel on the Future of Meat. Coincidentally, one of those panelists is also coming up on an episode ahead… 

After the conversation you’re about to hear at the WeWork office in Melbourne’s CBD, Alex and I continued our discussion into the early hours of the morning – prompted by the n’th round at the The Black Pearl, to wrap up. 

If you like this episode, Alex has his own podcast called Cultured Meat and Future Food, about cellular agriculture technology.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.


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Mr Yum with Kim Teo

Kim Teo joins us today to share her experience in the startup world and how she’s applied it to hospitality, with her digital menu application, Mr Yum.

During capital raising, Mr Yum attracted the attention of angel investors, bar and restaurant owners and Australian Venue Co to quickly and confidently cover the $700,000 they originally aimed for.

Kim is also a co-founder of Pitchblak, a startup incubator based in Melbourne and is active in the Australian startup community.


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