Climate Tech investor based in Sydney, passionate about the value of great design, innovation and imagining the future.
The best thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Climate is without doubt the most pressing challenge of our time. The world needs to look very different if we are to remain inhabitants of it.
A vast energy transition is underway, driven primarily by fundamental economics rather than the fact that energy is the largest contributor to CO2.
We're still in the early years of this transformation and this is where I focus my time, energy and attention.
Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
I trained in Industrial Design, now more frequently called Product Design, where the skills are much the same whether the product is physical or digital. I find it remarkable that the value that design excellence brings to business, particularly startups, is still largely mis-understood and under-valued.
This remarkable Marc Andreessen piece on product market fit is essential as is Build by Tony Fadell where he shares his wisdom and expertise from building insanely great products like the iPod, iPhone and Nest.
Much has been written about design thinking, but the best process for rapid design innovation is the design sprint outlined by Google Ventures.
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
I'm extraordinarily privileged to have been born into a place where education was highly valued.
Not only have I been able to travel widely, but I've witnessed those less fortunate and it's incredibly humbling to try to help do something about it. I invented one of the first digital micro-donation platforms, which helps change the lives of many people around the world, and as a family we continue to give.
To enable climate policy, we believe it's essential to shift the balance of power to Independents. Our matching campaign helped deliver an excellent result.
The EDO are effectively using the courts to hold companies and organisations to account.
The AGNSW help Australia develop appreciation of Asian culture through their Asian Collection.
WaterAid help create long-term sustainable change like hygene, sanitation and education.
Restoring someone’s sight, brings back their independence, ability to work, or get an education.
Have you ever gone more than a day without food? Every single day millions of people do.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
Heraclitus 475 BC
Many businesses have a good creation story, so this is mine.
In 1989, I quit my job, sold everything and headed off to explore the world. The experience of being able to go anywhere, do anything and taste unconstrained freedom was memorable.
When you're young, you feel bullet-proof. I had nevertheless bought travel insurance to cover me for six months but, as with all the best travel plans, they changed and I ended up in China during the tumultuous summer of 1989. Being pre-internet, staying in touch was by letter and post restanté and there was certainly no means to buy travel insurance while you were still away.
After emigrating to Australia in 1993, I bought worldnomads.com as my personal website, thinking the name philosophically reflected who I was. I created one of the first travel blogs before ‘blogging’ was even invented, by sending stories home by fax and film canisters by courier!
In 2000 I started developing an online travel insurance service for independent travellers like me. My travel experiences inspired the World Nomads core concept of being able to buy a travel insurance from anywhere and have the freedom to extend it as many times as you needed. It was the first of its kind.
For more on what I've done since, listen to my 2018 interview for the World Nomads PodCast.
Life unfolds in proportion to your courage.
Travel has always been a big part of my life and I've been dreaming about what's over the horizon for as long as I can remember. I'm fortunate to have had some incredible adventures over the years. Here are a few.