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From Zero with Adam Schwab

Luxury Escapes co-founder and financial journalist Adam Schwab speaks with business founders to get the real stories behind their successes and setbacks.


Season 3


Ask Adam Anything: choosing a co-founder, investing in start-ups and the ideal payback period

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: When you're bringing on a co-founder, should you choose someone you know or someone you don't know but whose skillset aligns with yours? (00:47) What do you look for in an early stage start-up that you're investing in? (8:30) Do you look out for different things when the start-up is pre or post revenue? (8:43) How do you determine what payback period is most optimal for a new customer? (20:39) What's the right amount of cash for a growth stage company to have on a balance sheet? (21:08) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

Ask Adam Anything: choosing a co-founder, investing in start-ups and the ideal payback period

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: When you're bringing on a co-founder, should you choose someone you know or someone you don't know but whose skillset aligns with yours? (00:47) What do you look for in an early stage start-up that you're investing in? (8:30) Do you look out for different things when the start-up is pre or post revenue? (8:43) How do you determine what payback period is most optimal for a new customer? (20:39) What's the right amount of cash for a growth stage company to have on a balance sheet? (21:08) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

32:10

EP08 - S3

16 May 22

How Dr. Julio Ribeiro is using 3-D printers to revolutionise cancer treatment

From Brazil to Sydney, Dr. Julio Ribeiro has totally revolutionised two industries and created hundreds of millions of dollars of value, while potentially saving thousands of lives. Hear how Julio founded Inventia Life Sciences, a game-changing product that allows drug companies to massively speed up treatments for cancer. Host Adam Schwab speaks with Julio to hear what brought him to Australia, how he went from working with cattle to cancer cells and how he has built Inventia Life Sciences into a business that is changing the game for hospitals and patients. 

How Dr. Julio Ribeiro is using 3-D printers to revolutionise cancer treatment

From Brazil to Sydney, Dr. Julio Ribeiro has totally revolutionised two industries and created hundreds of millions of dollars of value, while potentially saving thousands of lives. Hear how Julio founded Inventia Life Sciences, a game-changing product that allows drug companies to massively speed up treatments for cancer. Host Adam Schwab speaks with Julio to hear what brought him to Australia, how he went from working with cattle to cancer cells and how he has built Inventia Life Sciences into a business that is changing the game for hospitals and patients. 

42:14

EP07 - S3

9 May 22

Ask Adam Anything: How To Sell Your Vision, Investor Pitch Must-Haves and Building the Perfect Team

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: Should I try to get a warm introduction to an investor or is it worth reaching out cold? (00:50) Once you land the meeting with the investor, what's the most important thing to convey in your pitch?(1:03) How did you identified what your team needed in the early days of Luxury Escapes? (7:58) How did you sell your vision to your team? (8:07) Do you sell your vision differently now vs when you first started? (8:13) How do I best plan for a software transformation? (15:22) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

Ask Adam Anything: How To Sell Your Vision, Investor Pitch Must-Haves and Building the Perfect Team

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: Should I try to get a warm introduction to an investor or is it worth reaching out cold? (00:50) Once you land the meeting with the investor, what's the most important thing to convey in your pitch?(1:03) How did you identified what your team needed in the early days of Luxury Escapes? (7:58) How did you sell your vision to your team? (8:07) Do you sell your vision differently now vs when you first started? (8:13) How do I best plan for a software transformation? (15:22) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

24:46

EP06 - S3

2 May 22

The Grittiest Guy in Tech: How Domm Holland fell and rose and fell again

What do you do when your business folds? Domm Holland picks up and starts again. Domm burst onto the scene with his marketplace called Tow, which became the 'Uber of towing'. After a dispute with the Queensland Government, the business wasn’t able to survive but incredibly, Dom had a second act, when he moved to Silicon Valley to launch his next business: the one-stop online checkout solution Fast. Despite raising more than $100 million and briefly becoming a unicorn, Fast was not able to survive and was forced to shut its doors. In this episode, which was recorded just weeks before Tow collapsed, Domm speaks with host Adam Schwab about building resilience as a kid, why his ideas were always too big for Australian VCs and his grand plans for Fast.

The Grittiest Guy in Tech: How Domm Holland fell and rose and fell again

What do you do when your business folds? Domm Holland picks up and starts again. Domm burst onto the scene with his marketplace called Tow, which became the 'Uber of towing'. After a dispute with the Queensland Government, the business wasn’t able to survive but incredibly, Dom had a second act, when he moved to Silicon Valley to launch his next business: the one-stop online checkout solution Fast. Despite raising more than $100 million and briefly becoming a unicorn, Fast was not able to survive and was forced to shut its doors. In this episode, which was recorded just weeks before Tow collapsed, Domm speaks with host Adam Schwab about building resilience as a kid, why his ideas were always too big for Australian VCs and his grand plans for Fast.

42:25

EP05 - S3

25 Apr 22

Ask Adam Anything: When Should I Raise Capital?, Overrated Traits in Founders & Healthy Habits for Success

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: What is the most overrated trait that's valued by investors? (00:48) Advice for Aussie start up with a direct competitor in the US (00:57) My business is expanding quickly. Should I continue bootstrapping it or raise capital? (8:24) What do I need to consider when I'm thinking about making an acquisition? (8:56) What are some healthy habits that make you a successful founder? (17:24) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

Ask Adam Anything: When Should I Raise Capital?, Overrated Traits in Founders & Healthy Habits for Success

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: What is the most overrated trait that's valued by investors? (00:48) Advice for Aussie start up with a direct competitor in the US (00:57) My business is expanding quickly. Should I continue bootstrapping it or raise capital? (8:24) What do I need to consider when I'm thinking about making an acquisition? (8:56) What are some healthy habits that make you a successful founder? (17:24) If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

24:04

EP04 - S3

18 Apr 22

Paul Bassat transformed job seeking and venture capital in Australia

Seek and Square Peg Capital are just a few of the credits to Paul Bassat's name...and he's not done yet. Paul was a lawyer before he made the first big pivot of his career: he took a bet that the internet would replace newspaper classifieds...and the bet paid off. Paul built Australia's largest job-seeking site, Seek, from a St Kilda office with his brother Andrew in the 1990s. When he was at the top of his game at Seek, he made his next big pivot and founded the venture capital firm Square Peg Capital. In this episode, Paul speaks with host Adam Schwab about leaving a safe career in law to start his own business before start-ups were cool, learning James Packer wanted to invest in Seek and what drew him to invest in Canva and ROKT.

Paul Bassat transformed job seeking and venture capital in Australia

Seek and Square Peg Capital are just a few of the credits to Paul Bassat's name...and he's not done yet. Paul was a lawyer before he made the first big pivot of his career: he took a bet that the internet would replace newspaper classifieds...and the bet paid off. Paul built Australia's largest job-seeking site, Seek, from a St Kilda office with his brother Andrew in the 1990s. When he was at the top of his game at Seek, he made his next big pivot and founded the venture capital firm Square Peg Capital. In this episode, Paul speaks with host Adam Schwab about leaving a safe career in law to start his own business before start-ups were cool, learning James Packer wanted to invest in Seek and what drew him to invest in Canva and ROKT.

45:07

EP03 - S3

11 Apr 22

Ask Adam Anything: What Should Founders Pay Themselves?, Should I Start A Side Hustle? Best Advice for New Founders

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: What trends have you noticed from all the interviews you've done that under-30's should pay attention to? When should founders pay themselves a wage? How much is too much? Can great businesses start from side hustles? If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

Ask Adam Anything: What Should Founders Pay Themselves?, Should I Start A Side Hustle? Best Advice for New Founders

In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions: What trends have you noticed from all the interviews you've done that under-30's should pay attention to? When should founders pay themselves a wage? How much is too much? Can great businesses start from side hustles? If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to [email protected]

21:09

EP02 - S3

4 Apr 22

How Bruce Buchanan built two multi-billion dollar global giants

Most people wouldn’t dream of building one billion dollar business, let alone two. Bruce Buchanan may just be Australia’s best ever business builder. A natural entrepreneur, Bruce began his professional career as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, before going on to create one of the world’s most successful airlines, Jetstar. Now, almost 10 years later, he's bought a tiny ad tech business called Rocklive and within a few years has turned it into ROKT - a US$2.5 billion global giant. In this episode, Bruce speaks with host Adam Schwab about his difficult childhood, why a chance meeting with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce changed everything, and what’s next on his great vision list. 

How Bruce Buchanan built two multi-billion dollar global giants

Most people wouldn’t dream of building one billion dollar business, let alone two. Bruce Buchanan may just be Australia’s best ever business builder. A natural entrepreneur, Bruce began his professional career as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, before going on to create one of the world’s most successful airlines, Jetstar. Now, almost 10 years later, he's bought a tiny ad tech business called Rocklive and within a few years has turned it into ROKT - a US$2.5 billion global giant. In this episode, Bruce speaks with host Adam Schwab about his difficult childhood, why a chance meeting with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce changed everything, and what’s next on his great vision list. 

31:43

EP01 - S3

28 Mar 22


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