The run-down old factory in Gippsland screamed “demolish me” rather than “save me”, yet Rakesh Aggarwal, managing director and founder of Longwarry Food Park and creator of Gippy Milk, knew he had struck ‘white gold’. His gut feeling was correct: the company recently sold for $67 million to Italian-owned dairy company Parmalat – having grown from $1 million turnover to nearly $100 million in 13 years.
Economist Joseph Schumpeter famously predicted companies would dissolve in a “perennial gale of creative destruction”. This creative-destruction argument claims new technology and visionary entrepreneurship will birth new ideas and companies that obliterate existing ones.
When it comes to sharing media files, size matters.
We rely on email for communication to teams and clients but the method has its limits. Outlook and Gmail cap email attachments at 10 megabytes, forcing us to find an alternative.
Many companies need to share video, slideshows, photos and large documents – often urgently. Nothing is more frustrating than a looming deadline and a file that bounces because it is simply too big.
Stop tearing your hair out. If you’ve got a promotion video, a PDF of your print newsletter or a photo for your website to send, TGF has compiled a list of file-sharing websites and apps for you to try. They’re guaranteed to make it easy to:
- get artwork approved
- action video re-edits quickly
- improve editorial processes
- deliver the format you need
- help you meet deadlines
- save time
Are you ready to write your business growth story for 2015? Read these stories first. We compiled the best of The Growth Faculty news from 2014 to inspire you for another year of growth.
Online gift-giving company RedBalloon’s founder Naomi Simson shared her toughest leadership lesson with no-nonsense honesty. Sue Hollis, managing director of corporate travel management company Travel Edge, survived the toughest first year in business imaginable – she’ll inspire you to risk it all.
A glimpse into the habits of kikki.K founder and CEO, Kristina Karlsson, and Employment Innovations CEO, Ben Thompson, show what it takes to create successful business-building habits.
We’ve captured wisdom from the best business minds in the world.
Inder Sidhu, the man behind Cisco’s disruptive thinking, shows growing companies how to innovate and maintain profits. And if you’ve fallen asleep at the wheel of your fast-growing company,fear not! Margaret Heffernan, author of Willful Blindness, will help you stay awake by helping you see what you naturally want to ignore. Her advice: stop burning the midnight oil, avoid multitasking, believe the data and stay close to people who challenge you.
Author of Good to Great and Great by Choice, Jim Collins, exposes the five myths of great companies. They may surprise you. Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, advises how to be a “giver” without being a doormat.
Having claimed five of Australia’s top business awards in 2014, including winning BRW’s mid-market business leader title, and featuring on the business title’s Fast 100 and Best Places to Work lists, can information-searching company InfoTrack top its stellar year? CEO Stephen Wood thinks it can.
InfoTrack has experienced speedy growth over the past five years, says Wood, who joined the team in 2010. “Our revenue was 86 percent up from the previous year – a total of $87 million in revenue for the [FY13/14] year overall,” he says. “Our performance was very strong. We are predicting working our way up the [BRW Fast 100] list next year.”