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FEB'13
Here is my own personal analysis of the results from our Adelaide Startup Community Survey (http://cirillohooper.com/posts/adelaide-startup-community-survey-results). 1. Sample:The size of the sample was 27 which seems small, however considering there are perhaps 300 people actively engaged in this space, I would say the number was sufficient to identify a few patterns. The demographic, however was skewed toward predominantly early-stage/pre-revenue startups, with only 22% responding t.....read more
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FEB'12
We had 27 responses to our survey last week, and we believed we've gained some good intelligence as to what the Adelaide Startup Ecosystem needs to thrive. Here is s quick snap shot of our findings. Chris will provide a more in depth analysis tomorrow. Your situation: Which of the following applies to you? I live in Adelaide 92.59% I have a university degree 66.67% I am working a day job to pay bills 62.96% I am working from home .....read more
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FEB'13
Yesterday I attended the InnovyzStart (http://www.innovyzstart.com/)launch at Adelaide Town Hall. Of the presentations made, Martin Babinec of Upstate Venture Connect (http://uvc.org/) from New York spoke about the qualities of great startup communities. Martin was a pioneer in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Upstate New York which includes cities of similar size to Adelaide such as Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. I was inspired by his talk as it echoed my sentiments from las.....read more
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FEB'13
I have been interning with Cirillo Hooper & Company for the last six weeks as part of the UniSA Industry Placement Program. I have learnt a lot, and I though for my first blog I would post some tips for students going through the firm's program in the future: • Ask Questions Whenever you are not sure with what you need to do with the tasks given, do not be afraid of asking questions to your mentor. You tend to learn in greater depth and more efficient when you ask que.....read more
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FEB'13
Jo Shanahan and Chris Hooper addressing the troops at AIESEC Apprentice From my experience as both a mentor and a mentee, I can boil the process of finding a mentor down to three simple points: Figure out what you need Before you go shopping for mentors you first need to get very clear on what your outcome is: Do you want a better grade in your studies? Get an academic mentor. Do you want to climb the corporate ladder? Get a career mentor. Do you want to start .....read more
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FEB'13
When I signed up for Cirillo Hooper & Company, I had no idea my work life would look like this. Cloud computing and mobile technology have had such a profound impact on the way we do business. Here's a sneak peak (PS excuse the grammar and spelling fails, this was written as a raw brain dump). 6:30am Wake up. Remembered ;ast night I shuffled a client site visit around from 5pm to 10am today. Decide to sleep in, stay at home and head straight to the clients. Then realised the .....read more
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JAN'13
Chris' mentoring relationship with Jemma took a turn for the worse... I first started mentoring in an unofficial capacity at age 24, when I was training up a new accountant into the superannuation division and helping him settle in. From there I have taken on at least ten different students in various capacities over the past two years. Turns out there is a reason I keep doing it now, I just didn't consciously think about it until I thought about this article. Suffice to say, having.....read more
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JAN'13

Lead Gen Like A Boss

By: Jemma Schilling
There have been only a rare few moments in the business world so far where I haven’t felt like I need to absorb everything around me, in order to learn enough to be able to carry a conversation amongst professionals who live and breathe the lifestyle and lingo. Facilitating training sessions at AIESECs National Conference in Victor Harbour over the last few weeks though, I had many a keen student approach me to ask about networking, getting leads and even the link to my e-book (which.....read more
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JAN'13
Chris Hooper with his protégé Jemma Schilling It feels like it's almost redundant writing about the benefits of mentoring, but I find many people I speak with still haven't got themselves a mentor yet. Despite the best of intentions, I cannot mentor everyone so hopefully this blog helps. The main benefits of having a mentor can be broken into three parts: Career and business planning Career and business opportunities Sounding board for ideas and challeng.....read more
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JAN'13
When I was 19, I had a Chartered Accountant by the name of Carly who introduced me to the world of accounting and opened some important doors for me. Ever since that experience I have felt compelled to give back to young business people who are eager to learn. Anyone who knows me well, is fully aware that I am happy to spend my time with young people that are eager to learn and willing to buy me coffee. To date I have mentored a number of people in varying degrees of formali.....read more
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