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September 2018

Start Up Grind Hosts Didier Elzinga – Event Review

By Business

This evening Start Up Grind hosted Didier Elzinga, Founder of Culture Amp. Culture Amp is an employee feedback platform that replaces the universally hated annual review meetings. The attendees predominantly operated their own Start Up businesses, coming from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, media and travel.

 

The major attraction of the event for many of the attendees, was the chance to learn about Culture Amp and Didier’s approach to start ups. Didier began his career working with Rising Sun Pictures, a filmography company specialising in CGI.

 

Culture Amp aims to improve the culture within businesses medium or larger. Often working with major businesses internationally. The Culture Amp provides a platform for larger companies to maintain an ongoing conversation with their employees. Focusing on performance, interactions amongst staff and identifying problems that have arisen in an efficient manner.

 

The audience were also given the chance to ask questions. Many of the questions related to the Start Up process, including how to gain funding and challenges that they may face. The standout question for me was related to the biggest challenge that Didier achieved during his time with Rising Sun Pictures. It was incredible to hear how Didier approached the issue of potentially having to cut staff numbers drastically during the fallout from 9/11. Didier made sure the conversation included his staff, as they were affected the most by the issue.

 

All in all the event provided an insight into the Start Up space and the importance of Culture within businesses of every level. While the attendance of this event was lower than other events hosted by Start Up Grind, I found the event was a great chance to speak to a number of people starting their own businesses.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Zendesk, 67 Queen Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Interesting conversation with a number of different Start-ups
  • Cost: 
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to have the LinkedIn app

Ratings:

  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: 2/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5

Total: 12.5/20

DWM Solutions: Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture – Event Review

By Business

This evening DWM Solutions held an event titled Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture. Held at The Larwill Studio the event was aimed at arming attendees with the right knowledge when it comes to IT Systems and Security, alongside how to adapt Business Culture to help foster a productive environment.

 

The attendees were from a variety of industries, from education through to hospitality. The majority of the attendees were either from DWM or had a connection with DWM.

 

DWM Solutions provided a hands on look at how efficient systems and a positive work environment can foster productivity and business success. DWM also sought to educate the attendees about Cyber Security and prevention of catastrophic data loss. Sophos, an international Cyber Security firm, specialising in Threat Detection and Prevention presented on cyber-crime. The presenter from Sophos was very informative, providing a variety of facts and anecdotes on how a data breach can occur and how common they are.

 

A presentation was also delivered by Datto, who specialise in the prevention of catastrophic data loss. Datto operate on an isolated data back-up system. Their systems run independently of a businesses systems, so that if an attack or disaster occurs a back-up can be available almost instantaneously. To demonstrate their product the Datto presenters backed up the laptop that was running the presentation for the evening. Don’t worry it was a used laptop! Then they proceeded to have an audience member demolish the laptop with a hammer. Once destroyed Datto demonstrated the steps it takes to recover and run, via a virtual desktop, the backup.

 

All in all the presentation had a certain Shock-and-Awe factor to it, alarming the audience with how prevalent Cyber-attacks like Ransom-ware are. Combined with the physical demonstration from Datto, the presentation was fascinating.

 

The catering by The Larwill Studio was also top notch, offering a variety of finger food and beverages to satisfy any taste. The space was interesting in its own right, with a selection of artwork by a number of different artists.

 

Overall the event was good, an insightful presentation on various methods of securing your information and mitigating the effects of data loss. I would attend more events held by DWM.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: The Larwill Studio, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville
  • Highlight: Smashing a laptop as part of the presentation
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Don’t overreact to Cyber Threats

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 15/20

Meet the Member Event Review

By Business

This evening the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia (NCCA) combined forces to hold Meet the Member. Held at the newly opened Spaces Co-working offices in the Rialto Tower, the event encouraged networking between the Chambers. Select members of each chamber also had the opportunity to present a sixty second pitch. The members who were given the chance to pitch came from a number of industries, from tax advisory and IT to photography and furniture wholesales.

 

While the attendees came from a diverse range of businesses, there was a significant presence from larger firms. I was also able to talk with a number of smaller businesses, based both locally and internationally. All of the attendees I spoke with had ties to either the UK or the Netherlands in regards to business. The one thing I found quite odd was a number of people did not have business cards, some forgot them and others simply do not have a business card.

 

The new Spaces offices felt a lot like a library or study space from a University or Highschool. The space reminded me of my days spent studying for exams with my peers. However, the space was fantastic for a networking event. Being large enough to allow attendees to move from one conversation to another, without being so large that the space felt empty. The catering offered by ABCC, NCCA and Spaces was wonderful, catering to every preference and need. My personal favourite were the miniature burgers!

 

All in all the ABCC and NCCA held a great event with a wide range of fascinating conversations to be had. I would definitely attend more events from the ABCC and NCCA.

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Spaces, Ground Floor, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: A diverse group of attendees from both the UK and the Netherlands
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Take some blank business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 3.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5

Total: 15/20

VTIC September Mixer

By Business

I have said this before and I will undoubtedly say it again, another month, another wonderful Victorian Tourism Industry Council Mixer! Held once again at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This month’s mixer gathered tourism and hospitality businesses from far and wide.

 

The attendees for the VTIC mixers are always a varied and fascinating bunch, ranging from tour operators through to destinations. There is never any shortage of engaging conversation to be had. Alongside many familiar faces, there were new people to connect with. I spoke with many people from both destinations and tours, as well as industries supplementing the Tourism Industry.

 

The VTIC and DoubleTree staff put on a wonderful spread, with catering options to cater to every need. As with previous months the VTIC team organised another ice breaker to encourage people to have more conversations. This month the theme was locations and destinations. On each name tag a place or area was printed, the idea being that you tried to find the matching half. For instance, I had Dal Zotto Wines and I had to locate the King Valley. This gave people a great way to break into conversations.

 

As always I had a wonderful time with the VTIC Mixer. The catering was fantastic, the people were more than happy to share what they do and the space was a great highlight of what Victoria has to offer. I am definitely excited to attend more VTIC Mixers in the coming months.

 

  Things to Note

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 270 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Highlight: The continued enthusiasm of the VTIC staff
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: A great way to discover the best of Victoria’s tourism offerings

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4.5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 14.5/15