Is working with family a dream or a nightmare?
There are plenty of stories to support either point of view: It’s not difficult to find stories about family working relationships that have turned into bitter rivalries, and even court battles, and there are other examples of companies that have thrived under the custodian of the same family for generations.
Not in a family business? No matter. In many ways, working effectively with members of your family isn’t much different from working with business partners. Come along and find out how family dynamics and/or close relationships impact business, and discover the secrets of how others have navigated this.
Georgia @ Startup Victoria
Georgia began her career studying entrepreneurship at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Babson College, Boston. Shortly after finishing her University degrees, Georgia raised seed capital to found wine startup Lupé Wines in 2011. Lupé Wines specialised in supplying events, airlines and hotel minibars with the world’s first single serve glass of wine designed for ease of use. The company expanded quickly across Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. Lupé was listed as top 10 startups to watch by BRW and Georgia was listed as Top 50 Entrepreneurs to watch in 2015. In 2016 the company was successfully sold.
Georgia took on the CEO role at Startup Victoria in 2016. Startup Victoria is the go-to independent startup body for Victoria that focuses on creating more founders and better founders. The main initiatives the company runs are a monthly Pitch Night, Australias first startup platform which offers a single location for events, jobs and mentors, and Victorias first startup ecosystem datamap.
Georgia also sits on the board of Second Bite and RMIT’s New Enterprise Investment Fund.
Miranda and Jose @ BFF
Miranda Unnerstall: American-made but a Melburnian at heart, Miranda grew up on a 40-acre farm in the middle of nowhere. A curious child, she asked a lot of questions, giving her the nickname Nosey Rosey (her middle name is Rose). Her curiosity took her globe-trotting from St. Louis to London, to Seoul, to where she now lives in Melbourne.
Having started in ad agencies a decade ago then transitioning to design studios, 2007 marked her move from offline to online—and she hasn't looked back. Over ten years she has mastered many roles in digital, from producer to strategist and now Director of Brand Strategy and UX at Bff.
In her spare time she loves working even more (consulting for some of Australia's biggest start ups) and brushing her pet unicorn.
Jose Maturana: After two decades shaping the Internet as a developer, interface designer and studio partner, José is now Co-founder and Creative Director at Bff. If nothing else, failing his way up through three businesses means great stories about starting ventures, merging them, fighting with partners, finding new ones and starting yet again, always thinking “I’ll get it right this time”.
He's still convinced he’ll make it to the moon before his time is up.
About The Masters Series
WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.
In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life.
In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.
To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies out of company to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.
City of Melbourne
The development of Melbourne as a knowledge city has long been a priority. Today, the knowledge city concept remains a central component to the vision of the city. The City of Melbourne seeks to create a future in which the knowledge sector is better branded, understood, valued and experienced.
“The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.”
Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong. At the end of the week, we savour the satisfaction of work well done over a cheese plate and glass of something nice at our friendly Friday Night Drinks.
The Dream Factory has created a space for extraordinary people to gather and innovate in design, technology and social change. It is owned and powered by Impact Investment Group and has become one of Melbourne’s premier workplaces and event locations. The building features an ample on-site and secure car parking, very accessible bike paths from Melbourne CBD and inner north, great end-of-trip facilities, and loads of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas. The rooftop is one of Melbourne’s best panoramas of the city and port and is accessible to all its tenants.
SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.
SPARK is more than just a moment in time, a source of funding, an event, or even a community. Spark is an startup ecosystem designed to help solve real problems and create a better future.
Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders.
Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.
Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.
- Factors that affect family relationship.
- Setting expectations with family members.
- Impact of outlining priorities between family and business.
- Healthy relationship between family members.
- Peace of mind and focus.
- Productivity in working with family members.
- Guidelines to make a family business partnership work.
- Invaluable pieces of advice from industry experts.
- Personal growth and learning.
- Empowerment to stop doubting yourself and make your ideas happen
- Increase follow-on business and referrals.
- Regain the momentum/motivation you lost somewhere along the road.
- The opportunity to meet the movers and shakers, as well as expand your network
- Notepad and pen.
- A camera to document your experience if you like.
Come as you are.
Startups, aspiring, and prevailing business owners.
Vendor sincce 2012
It was one afternoon when one of the Founders, Kym Huynh, called Angie Chong of The Humble Dumpling, just to have a conversation. It had been an intense start to 2017 and just shy of 3 months, Kym wanted to connect again with what brought him inspiration, joy and fulfilment - the people and companies that he works with.
For him that day, inspiration came in the form of Angie Chong. By some wonderful stroke of serendipity, Angie shared an inspiring excerpt from the book “The Last Chinese Chef” by Liang Wei. For Kym, the words were both beautiful and moving, and created a fundamental and tectonic shift. These words would later lay the foundation for the launch of the WeTeachMe Pop-Up School.
“Apprentices have asked me, what is the most exalted peak of cuisine? Is it the freshest ingredients, the most complex flavors? Is it the rustic, or the rare? It is none of these. The peak is neither eating nor cooking, but the giving and sharing of food. Great food should never be taken alone. What pleasure can a man take in fine cuisine unless he invites cherished friends, counts the days until the banquet, and composes an anticipatory poem for his letter of invitation?”
Angie Chong invites people into her own home to share food, so that she can pass on her heritage and knowledge. It is not only the act of sharing that is magical, but also the pleasure one can take when the bequeathed knowledge is used to leave a positive and lasting impact on cherished friends, family, and maybe - if it happens enough - our communities, and one day, the world.
And so the classes, workshops and courses, where we invite the best and most influential people in the world to present at, act as a conduit to pass on knowledge and heritage to a willing and mindfully curious audience. It’s an invitation that brings together people who believe in the the idea of sparking an eagerness to learn, so that together, we can propel a tidal wave of transformation that impacts not only on our own lives, but the lives of those who surround us, and then our communities.
Hence, each booking page is more than just a place where you can register your interest. It is an anticipatory poem in the guise of an invitation. When you claim your ticket, it’s an anticipation that the learning experience is set, the classroom is ready, and that the experience will be great. And best of all, that you’re going to be sitting next to people who are just as eager about learning and curious about life as you are.
It is a surprising thing. A surprising feeling. And it appeals to the human need to learn, to share, and to experience.