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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 1


Pete Cleary - Zinc Group

Pete Cleary is proof that nice guys sometimes do really finish first When Pete Cleary couldn't find a workplace that had the kind of culture he was looking for, he built it himself. Pete created Zinc Group and built it from a dream in a business plan to a workplace consistently voted as one of the best in Australia. In this episode Pete shares speaks to Adam Schwab about standing up for what he believes in, building a business that people love to work for and creating a massive media empire after coming close to the brink.

Pete Cleary - Zinc Group

Pete Cleary is proof that nice guys sometimes do really finish first When Pete Cleary couldn't find a workplace that had the kind of culture he was looking for, he built it himself. Pete created Zinc Group and built it from a dream in a business plan to a workplace consistently voted as one of the best in Australia. In this episode Pete shares speaks to Adam Schwab about standing up for what he believes in, building a business that people love to work for and creating a massive media empire after coming close to the brink.

49:08

EP08 - S1

5 Jul 21

Marcus Tan - Health Engine

Dr Marcus Tan is the king of Health Marketplaces in Australia Marcus combined his background as a doctor with a deep curiosity about technology to create Australia’s largest health marketplace, HealthEngine. In the space of a decade, Marcus grew Health Engine from tiny start-up to an online giant, with one in four Australians regularly booking their doctor, dentist or physio through Health Engine. In this episode Marcus shares the challenges of building an online marketplace from his own savings, pivoting the business from medical directory to booking site and then somehow convincing thousands of GPs to accept online bookings. And just when the business was flying, Marcus had to deal with an existential threat and grow as a leader and founder through the most difficult period in the business’ existence.

Marcus Tan - Health Engine

Dr Marcus Tan is the king of Health Marketplaces in Australia Marcus combined his background as a doctor with a deep curiosity about technology to create Australia’s largest health marketplace, HealthEngine. In the space of a decade, Marcus grew Health Engine from tiny start-up to an online giant, with one in four Australians regularly booking their doctor, dentist or physio through Health Engine. In this episode Marcus shares the challenges of building an online marketplace from his own savings, pivoting the business from medical directory to booking site and then somehow convincing thousands of GPs to accept online bookings. And just when the business was flying, Marcus had to deal with an existential threat and grow as a leader and founder through the most difficult period in the business’ existence.

45:06

EP07 - S1

28 Jun 21

Greg Roebuck - Carsales

Greg Roebuck is one of Australia’s greatest ever founders. Greg spent twenty years running Carsales.com from a tiny start-up to one the world’s leading automotive marketplaces, worth almost $6 billion. Host Adam Schwab talks to Greg about going from playing with computers as a kid to working on one of the first digital accounting systems to building Carsales.com. Hear how Greg mortgaged his home, brought on James Packer as a major investor and how he has coped with life after Carsales.

Greg Roebuck - Carsales

Greg Roebuck is one of Australia’s greatest ever founders. Greg spent twenty years running Carsales.com from a tiny start-up to one the world’s leading automotive marketplaces, worth almost $6 billion. Host Adam Schwab talks to Greg about going from playing with computers as a kid to working on one of the first digital accounting systems to building Carsales.com. Hear how Greg mortgaged his home, brought on James Packer as a major investor and how he has coped with life after Carsales.

40:21

EP06 - S1

21 Jun 21

David Shafer - Kogan

David Shafer is co-founder, COO and CFO of Kogan.com, Australia’s largest home-grown ecommerce business. Kogan.com grew from nothing, to be worth more than a billion dollars in little more than a decade with more than three million Australians purchasing something from Kogan in the last year. Hear how David Shafer and school friend, Ruslan Kogan, survived a near death experience and made a bunch of bold bets to create Australia’s largest on-line retailer. And why David and Ruslan prefer to focus on the business fundamentals than the company’s rampaging share price.

David Shafer - Kogan

David Shafer is co-founder, COO and CFO of Kogan.com, Australia’s largest home-grown ecommerce business. Kogan.com grew from nothing, to be worth more than a billion dollars in little more than a decade with more than three million Australians purchasing something from Kogan in the last year. Hear how David Shafer and school friend, Ruslan Kogan, survived a near death experience and made a bunch of bold bets to create Australia’s largest on-line retailer. And why David and Ruslan prefer to focus on the business fundamentals than the company’s rampaging share price.

46:44

EP05 - S1

14 Jun 21

Jane Martino – Smiling Mind, Shout & Undertow Media

Jane Martino is one Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors. It’s hard enough to create one successful start-up. Jane Martino has created three. Jane joins host Adam Schwab to talk about how she started her first business before she was 25, how she co-founded Smiling Mind before turning it into Australia’s number one wellness app and how she built and sold Shout to one of Australia’s largest banks. Hear her inspirational journey to becoming one of Australia’s favourite founders and angel investors.

Jane Martino – Smiling Mind, Shout & Undertow Media

Jane Martino is one Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors. It’s hard enough to create one successful start-up. Jane Martino has created three. Jane joins host Adam Schwab to talk about how she started her first business before she was 25, how she co-founded Smiling Mind before turning it into Australia’s number one wellness app and how she built and sold Shout to one of Australia’s largest banks. Hear her inspirational journey to becoming one of Australia’s favourite founders and angel investors.

46:24

EP04 - S1

7 Jun 21

Adir Shiffman – Catapult Sports

Adir Shiffman: Master of all Trades.  A born entrepreneur, Adir has been launching incredible businesses since he was a kid. He also found time to study medicine, work as an ER doctor, found and sell successful businesses including Global Reviews and Help Me Choose and join a fledgling sports data business and help turn it into the ASX-listed global giant: Catapult Sports.   Adir tells Adam Schwab how he went from saving lives to becoming one of the world’s top people in sport business, almost losing everything during the Global Financial Crisis and bouncing back from the brink.

Adir Shiffman – Catapult Sports

Adir Shiffman: Master of all Trades.  A born entrepreneur, Adir has been launching incredible businesses since he was a kid. He also found time to study medicine, work as an ER doctor, found and sell successful businesses including Global Reviews and Help Me Choose and join a fledgling sports data business and help turn it into the ASX-listed global giant: Catapult Sports.   Adir tells Adam Schwab how he went from saving lives to becoming one of the world’s top people in sport business, almost losing everything during the Global Financial Crisis and bouncing back from the brink.

42:50

EP03 - S1

31 May 21

Ido Leffler - Yes To Carrots, Yoobi & Beach House Group

Ido Leffler is probably one of the most successful Australian entrepreneurs you’ve never heard of (yet). In 2006, Ido co-founded the organic beauty brand Yes To Carrots and then in 2014, co-founded the huge school and office supply business, Yoobi which donates an item for every item purchase. Not long after, Ido co-founded Beach House Group which collaborates with huge stars like Mille Bobbie Brown, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kendell Jenner and Shay Mitchell. Ido is also one of Australia’s most successful angels, investing in five ‘unicorns’. Ido joins host Adam Schwab to share how his parents influenced his business ambitions, his near business death experiences and giving back.

Ido Leffler - Yes To Carrots, Yoobi & Beach House Group

Ido Leffler is probably one of the most successful Australian entrepreneurs you’ve never heard of (yet). In 2006, Ido co-founded the organic beauty brand Yes To Carrots and then in 2014, co-founded the huge school and office supply business, Yoobi which donates an item for every item purchase. Not long after, Ido co-founded Beach House Group which collaborates with huge stars like Mille Bobbie Brown, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kendell Jenner and Shay Mitchell. Ido is also one of Australia’s most successful angels, investing in five ‘unicorns’. Ido joins host Adam Schwab to share how his parents influenced his business ambitions, his near business death experiences and giving back.

39:35

EP02 - S1

24 May 21

From Zero with Adam Schwab - Trailer

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

From Zero with Adam Schwab - Trailer

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

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