When Bill Gates became the richest guy in the world, complete with gorgeous wife, an army of devoted code-cutting minions and huge global influence, he changed the landscape for spotty teen geeks with a prodigious talent for maths and a stymied social calendar worldwide.
Suddenly, smart was cool; doing your homework and getting extra credit for your science project was a potential stepping-stone to dot-com dominance. But although there’s no doubt that Bill Gates is a gifted thinker with extraordinary talent – it’s not his ability with maths, his strong negotiating skills or even his understanding of computers that has driven his success.
Cameron Reilly is a passionate technology advocate – and heads a growing new-media empire, The Podcast Network, (TPN) from his Brisbane base.
Although TPN isn´t well known in his native Australia, Reilly boasts that it is now one of the largest new media companies in the world.
And he´s attracted some heavyweight attention; EContent Magazine listed TPN as one of world´s most influential digital content companies and, closer to home, TPN scored a guernsey in B&T Magazine´s Biggest Players of Australia´s Digital Age.
Rubbish is big business, as Canadian Brian Scudamore discovered when he founded 1-800-GOT-JUNK nearly 20 years ago. The private trash collection business is now a hugely successful franchise, with over 300 outlets across Canada, the USA, Australia and the UK (where it is branded 'GotJunk.com.)
The delightfully named, Lentil as Anything chain of restaurants in Melbourne are doing very well, despite – or perhaps because of - their policy of not setting a price for any of the food on their menus.
At Lentil As Anything customers pay what they think the meal is worth, putting their money in a box as they leave.In a country where 'doing a runner' on a restaurant bill is almost a rite of passage for some groups of young men, the Lentil chain is doing well; they estimate that about twenty percent of their patrons don't pay, often people with limited resources who struggle to feed themselves.