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Charlie Gunningham

Charlie Gunningham is the former chief executive of Business News. Originally an Economics teacher from the UK, Charlie taught in Singapore prior to landing in Perth in 1997, whereupon he did an MBA at UWA Business School, graduating as top student in 1999. Later that same year he set up aussiehome.com, an online real estate business, which was sold to REIWA in 2010. He ran reiwa.com for 3 years before joining Business News as GM of Digital in 2013. Charlie is a cofounder of eGroup and a past 40under40 winner (2003).

CEO lunch with Rowan Munchenberg

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with new Bankwest managing director, Rowan Munchenberg

App/tech business of the week ~ Builders Ecommerce

Billed as a world first e-commerce platform for builders, users can enter their address on the website, zoom in to the property and drop a scaled new structure (such as an extension or pool or granny flat) onto the site.

CEO lunch with Bronwyn Barnes

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with mining director Bronwyn Barnes.

App/tech business of the week ~ SoterSpine

SoterSpine aims to predict and prevent musculoskeletal injuries among industrial workers. 

CEO lunch with Michael Chaney

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with Michael Chaney to discuss his career at Wesfarmers and beyond.

App/tech business of the week ~ QuizJam

A world first, fun and exciting cloud-based multi-player trivia platform teams can use to educate, brands to connect, sports to engage and communities and NFPs to raise money.

Cutting-edge tech project launched in Perth

An innovative project involving government agencies and private players has the potential to streamline and coordinate public works projects, reducing traffic congestion and saving costs, according to its proponents.

Jury out on blockchain

Perth business is coming around to see the advantages of blockchain, although challenges remain.

App/tech business of the week ~ Spatula

Spatula is a delivery tracking app. When used, a live tracking link is sent via SMS that the customer opens in one click to track the oncoming driver.

CEO lunch with Deidre Willmott

CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott joined Business News at Julio’s to discuss her career in law, politics and business.

App/tech business of the week ~ JAK

JAK is an app that connects customers with qualified tradespeople. JAK ensures that every supplier is qualified, police cleared and insurance checked. Customers rate the service on completion of the job, and can track the arrival time of and see base rates before they post a job.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Charlie Gunningham discuss the Bank levy, Perth’s Lord Mayor, international property investors and WA’s wine sector.

CEO lunch with Susan Rooney

Outgoing Cancer Council CEO, and new St Vincent de Paul Society CEO, Susan Rooney, joined Business News for lunch at Julio's

CEO lunch with Terry Agnew

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with RAC head Terry Agnew to discuss his long career in the sector and the future of motoring.

App/tech business of the week ~ Fieldmagic from CRM Online

Fieldmagic is a job management, maintenance, quoting and CRM platform designed from the ground up with field services in mind. Built on a leading CRM platform, it comes with an ecosystem of add-ons and integrations.

CEO lunch with David Eaton

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with the small business commissioner, David Eaton.

App/tech business of the week ~ Famylia

Famylia is an online communications tool for co-parents, which aims to reduce conflict after a divorce or separation.

CEO lunch with Ray Wardrop

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with the experienced media executive, Ray Wardrop, managing director of Channel Nine Perth.

App/tech business of the week ~ FilteredHQ

FilteredHQ is an online subscriptions platform that tracks emerging technology, business models and global startups.

Tech players rue poor connection

There are plenty of people who want success for the local startup scene, but fewer seem willing to commit to fund it.

CEO lunch with Carolyn Chard

With WA Opera turning 50 this year, Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with its general manager, Carolyn Chard.

App/tech business of the week ~ Formalytics

Formalytics enables soccer players with a smartphone to film their kicks and become better players through the feedback received. The technology allows users to master a knuckleball, dip ball, curl ball and penalty strike.

CEO lunch with Rod Jones

Co-founder/CEO of Navitas, Rod Jones, joined Business News at Julio’s for a wide-ranging discussion on his personal journey and the future of education in Australia.

App/tech business of the week ~ Offpeak Games

Offpeak Games is a virtual reality (VR) games developer. It has released two VR games, Valiant, a medieval mounted combat multiplayer game, and Arcane, a fantasy wave shooter game.

CEO lunch with Ricky Burges

WA Local Government Association chief executive and former WA businesswoman of the year, Ricky Burges, joined Business News at Julio’s in West Perth to discuss her professional journey and what lies ahead.

App/tech business of the week ~ Immersia

Immersia has been developing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) products and services since 2014, particularly in the safety training, mining and property development sectors, as well as for concerts and marketing.

CEO lunch with Michael Stanford

Business News enjoyed lunch at Julio’s with Michael Stanford, who heads one of WA’s largest employers, St John of God Health Care.

App/tech business of the week ~ ImpRes People

ImpRes People is a cloud-based platform that connects businesses with operational and project talent.

CEO lunch with Scott Criddle

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with the CEO and managing director of Decmil Group, Scott Criddle, who says building relationships is an important part of his role.

App/tech business of the week ~ Cribber

Cribber Communication provides construction and mining work sites with their own mobile newsfeed.

App of the week- Wipo

Wipo is an online platform of home cleaners, which allows users to book a police-checked and insured professional cleaner (called SpotHeros) to clean their home or office.

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CONTAGIOUS by Jonah Berger (also available as an audio book on audible.com). I recommend it highly. Why do some things catch on (like iPhone 6) and others don't (Microsoft tried tablets in the 1980s and gave up)? If it sounds similar to Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point (another must read) and Made to Stick (also very good) then it is, Berger tips his hat to these 2 publications, but goes further adding his extensive research findings to explain WHY things catch on and are spoken about. It's all about STEPPS (a pneomonic for the 6 characteristics of things that are shared). Read the book to find out what 'STEPPS' are...

FAVOURITE QUOTATION

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

It really doesn't matter that there's absolutely no evidence that Einstein actually made this statement; it's still a great quotation.

If you want a different result, mix it up, try something new. Don't keep doing the same old, same old. And ban the answer "... 'Cos we've always done it like that!" in response to the question "Why do we do this?"

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App/tech business of the week – DrawHistory

A digital technology communications agency with a social impact focus, DrawHistory is a startup based at the new BloomLab co-working space in Crawley.

Cutting-edge tech project launched in Perth

An innovative project involving government agencies and private players has the potential to streamline and coordinate public works projects, reducing traffic congestion and saving costs, according to its proponents.

Well-funded foreign firms a digital disruption

Australia is at significant risk of a digital ‘invasion’ by overseas tech companies keen to disrupt the economic status quo.

CEO lunch with Bronwyn Barnes

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with mining director Bronwyn Barnes.

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Budget slashes start-up support

It's a case of 'where to now?' for the start-up sector after funding cuts in this month's federal budget.

Innovation Summit aims to get beyond base camp

At yesterday's WA Innovation Summit, put together for new Innovation Minister Bill Marmion, 250 invited guests came up with plans on how best to spend the newly allocated $20 million of innovation funds. 

Start-ups seek options on tax

With stock options being taxed immediately, start-ups are being held back.

Investors bank on startup wins

Perth’s tech network has grown significantly during the past three years; what it needs next are some success stories.