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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 Jennifer Lawrence

Brightwater Care Group CEO Jennifer Lawrence joined Business News for lunch at Julio’s to discuss some of the challenges facing the aged care and disability services sectors.

Safety Culture wins 2016 OzApp Awards

Now in its sixth year, the annual OzApp Awards concluded last night announcing the 2016 winner as Townsville-based Safety Culture, selected from five grand finalists which included Perth-based Formalytics, Melbourne’s Law Advisor and Reword, and Shippit (Sydney). 

CEO lunch with Christina Matthews

With the cricket season upon us, Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with the former Australian cricketer and CEO of the WACA, Christina Matthews.

App/tech business of the week ~ MyLeadPod

MyLeadPod is a fully automated digital platform that allows businesses to establish their own customer reward program in order to encourage referrals.

CEO lunch with Mike Young

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with the CEO of local uranium developer Vimy Resources.

App/tech business of the week ~ Yabble

A brand new service for parents to find and book kids activities online, and for activity providers to fill their classes.

CEO lunch with Dale Alcock

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with one of WA’s most successful homebuilders, Dale Alcock, who says a bipartisan political commitment is needed to drive investment and growth in the state.

App/tech business of the week ~ Feedmee

Feedmee is a food discovery app, the ‘Tinder for food’. Users swipe through photos of food until they find what they want.

CEO lunch with Gary McGrath

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with Gary McGrath, the well-travelled GM of corporate banking at the Commonwealth Bank.

App/tech business of the week ~ Mondoz

The Uber of home cooked food, Mondoz is a platform that connects people to homemade cuisine.

CEO lunch with Tracey Horton

Educated in Rockingham, Vancouver and at UWA, and with a corporate career stretching between San Francisco and WA, Tracey Horton has some interesting perspectives on business and academia, as Business News discovered over lunch at Julio’s in West Perth.

App/tech business of the week ~ PayNow for Stripe

PayNow for Stripe is a minimalist point-of-sales app, allowing users to accept credit card payments quickly on any mobile device. NFC is used to enable PayPass payments without any need for a swipe card reader.

App/tech business of the week ~ Wholesale Exchange

Wholesale Exchange is an online marketplace for the WA wholesale vehicle industry.

CEO lunch with Sherif Andrawes

Born in Egypt and raised in Scotland, Sherif Andrawes brings a world of experience to his role as WA chair of global accounting firm BDO, as Business News discovered over lunch at Julio’s in West Perth.

What the tech startup scene needs now

PODCAST: Business News chief executive Charlie Gunningham discusses the local tech startup scene with the director and co-founder of local venture capital firm Yuuwa Capital Matt Macfarlane and the founder of the Spacecubed and Flux coworking spaces Brodie McCulloch.

CEO lunch with Janet Holmes a Court

Perhaps best known these days for her support of the local arts and culture scene, Janet Holmes a Court spoke to Business News over lunch at Julio’s in West Perth about her first career as a teacher, how she was thrust into corporate life following the sudden death of her husband, Robert, and her current projects.

App/tech business of the week ~ Gigger

Gigger is a search engine for the music industry. The engine analyses data from sources such as Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Twitter to build a profile for bands.

CEO lunch with Andrew Crane

With CBH Group in the midst of an internal review of its structure, Business News thought it an opportune time to sit down with CEO Andrew “Andy” Crane at Julio’s in West Perth to discuss his career to date, and the grain cooperative’s future.

App/tech business of the week ~ Fleetsu

Fleetsu collects and analyses big data streams from various sources to aid asset management, such as the use of vehicles, machinery and equipment.

CEO lunch with Tony Howarth

With five decades of experience in the banking and corporate sectors, there was no shortage of issues to be discussed when Tony Howarth sat down to lunch with Business News at the newly reopened Julio’s restaurant.

App/tech business of the week ~ Instatruck

Instatruck connects businesses and consumers with trucks on demand.

CEO lunch with Sue Murphy

Water Corporation CEO Sue Murphy was Business News’s luncheon guest at the newly re-opened Julio’s restaurant, where a range of business and personal topics was on the menu. 

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. 

App/tech business of the week ~ Quufind

Quufind enables business owners to offer coupons/vouchers that customers can collect and later redeem.

CEO lunch with Diane Smith-Gander

As part of its series of interviews with top WA business leaders, Business News joined Broadspectrum chairman and Wesfarmers board member Diane Smith-Gander for lunch at the newly opened Julio’s restaurant in West Perth. A champion of gender equity, Ms Smith-Gander shared her thoughts on topics including the WA economy, her use of Twitter, and work-life balance.

App/tech business of the week ~ Tamad

An app that aims to reduce texting while driving by automatically sending estimated times of arrival at a predetermined distance from a location.

CEO LUNCH with Nev Power

As part of a series of interviews with top WA business leaders, Business News sat down for a one-on-one with Fortescue Metals Group CEO Nev Power. 

App/tech business of the week ~ FlowerBros

Buy flowers online, easily. In an otherwise crowded marketplace, this new e-commerce store tries to reduce clicks required and make it as easy as possible to for men to use.

App/tech business of the week ~ Plan-et

An app that connects businesses to users and users to business.

CEO lunch takeaways with Mark Barnaba

In the first of a series of interviews with top WA business leaders, Business News met with inaugural 40under40 First Amongst Equals winner and Macquarie Group chairman (WA) Mark Barnaba. Far from the boardroom, in the relaxed setting of Julio’s restaurant in West Perth, Mr Barnaba spoke of his education, mentors, leadership style, culture, diversity, and social media.

App/tech business of the week ~ CourseGenius

CourseGenius allows the user to create, sell, deliver and track online courses in a flexible cloud-based platform.

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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...

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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.