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Ep 101 How Kevin Graham quit the suburban life and became a 'digital nomad' within months

n 2014, Kevin Graham was doing pretty well for himself in South Australia, working in online marketing and doing a few property investments. Then he decided to drop everything and move to Chiang Mai, Thailand .. even though he'd never even travelled to Asia before! I sat down with Kevin Graham for a really interesting case study on how to go from a fairly typical suburban life to ‘digital nomad’ in a matter of months. Even though the term is a little cliche, 'digital nomads' are basically...


Ep 100 2017 a year for surrender // Roosters reflect on 100 episodes

We deliver this episode to you a week later than planned. Looking back on 2017, and 100 episodes of this podcast, the conversation got personal and cathartic, and we did question whether we’d better off keeping some content out of the public forum. But in the end, true to Rooster Radio values, we’ve published the chat in full, because we believe the stories shared will bring you value. James Begley, co-host of Rooster Radio and CEO of PickStar, was forced to “surrender to the unknown” in...


Ep 99 Dr Elaine Stead on the human side of venture capital, tackling taboos, authenticity

We’re back after an early Christmas break, thanks for sticking with us! As you know we talk to interesting people doing amazing things, and this couldn’t be more true for our guest, Dr Elaine Stead. Elaine is Head of Venture Capital at Blue Sky Investments, which includes overseeing South Australia’s $50 million VC fund. More broadly Blue Sky manages $3 billion worth of investments across infrastructure, real estate and private equity. A lot of people think of VCs as khaki wearing white...


Ep 96 - Michael Brett on how quantum computing will change the world

This is yet another episode where we ask dumb questions of smart people, in fact maybe that should be the tagline of our show. We tackle the topic of quantum computing with Michael Brett, CEO of Q xBranch, a company based in Adelaide and the US, developing tools and applications powered by quantum computing. Michael says “Quantum computing is the biggest change in computing since computing” and it’s set to change the world. It's being embraced by aerospace, defence and finance industries,...


Ep 95 How Greg Mackie found success in the unlikely mix of business, government and the arts

Greg Mackie OAM is one of South Australia’s most influential people in arts and culture, and current Chief Executive of History SA. For Greg, the journey started with his family bookstore which built a cult following in the Adelaide CBD. His in-store events took a life of their own, and were the genesis of what would become the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, founded by Greg. He then applied for the state's most senior Arts gig, CEO of Arts SA, and to his surprise got the job. It was a steep...


Ep 94 Beers in the office with hospitality entrepreneur Josh Baker and property leader John Savva

The great thing about having an office nestled amongst Adelaide’s small bars is we get lots of visitors, many who are looking for someone to have a drink with. And on this day, we decided to put the microphone in front of a couple of them. Early Rooster Radio listeners will remember Josh Baker from RRE2, our first interview which is still one of our most popular, despite our cringeworthy production (please don't go back and listen to it!). And he was overdue for a follow up interview. Josh...


Ep 92 Steven Marshall’s leadership evolution and the curse of Opposition

How much do you know about the Leader of the South Australian Liberal Party, Steven Marshall? Not much, a lot of South Australians would confess. Others would say he’s negative. Steven says his image is influenced by a daily media cycle where he gets little more than a few seconds to criticise the State Government. This, he says, is the frustrating “the curse of the opposition.” During our interview at Parliament House, Steven is anything but negative. He’s relaxed, engaging and jovial....


Ep 91 Ali Clarke on brutal breakfast radio, criticism and compelling content

In this episode, Rooster Radio enjoyed a professional recording setting for the first time, taking over a studio at ABC Adelaide for an interview with presenter Ali Clarke. Unfortunately, Ali didn’t hit the red button and put us live to air. But we did record an interesting and insightful chat with one of South Australia’s top media personalities. Now occupying the premium breakfast slot on ABC Radio, Ali in fact first made a name for herself on commercial radio. By her own admission, she...


Ep 90 Michael Johnson on the truth about happiness and positivity, becoming the ‘Mojo Master'

Michael Johnson is ‘The Mojo Master’, a man who has built a thriving, global business by helping people shift their mindsets to grow personally and financially. Michael had a tough childhood. He struggled at school - academically and socially. He was told he’d never make it and was ultimately expelled for fighting, a response to years of bullying. He battled depression to the point of considering suicide. But there were a couple of key transition points that helped Michael completely shift...


Ep 89 What Ben Baker has learned from photographing the world’s most powerful people

Ben Baker is one of the world’s most sought-after portrait photographers. He has photographed the last five US Presidents and their families, as well as countless celebrities including Oprah, Kanye West, Bono, Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DeCaprio and so many more. Growing up in Adelaide, Ben couldn’t have dreamed of being in such a position. However, having spent a lot of time following his Dad through the Outback, he knew that an office job wasn’t for him. Eventually he lobbed...


Ep 88 How the Hon Chief Justice Kourakis went from the family farm to influencing the justice system

Rooster Radio had the rare opportunity to enter the Supreme Court of South Australia and spend an hour with the Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia. The Chief Justice breaks down many misconceptions about Judges, the Justice System and the Law. He’s personable, approachable, progressive and tech savvy. He communicates even the most complex legal issues in plain english. It all forms part of his mission to make justice inclusive and accessible to all. Such values...


Ep 87 Joshua Burchell’s million dollar bedroom business, flipping websites and Amazon sales secrets

At a recent family dinner, Rooster Radio's Andrew finally got to have a decent chat with the English lad who will soon marry his cousin, Emma .. Joshua Burchell. After hearing Josh's business story, he had to get him onto Rooster Radio. At 17, Josh started his first business from his bedroom with little more than 1000 pounds and the name of a Chinese manufacturer, which was given to him by a friend. This was in the early 2000s before the online shopping boom. After successfully importing...


Ep 85 Building the ecosystem and driving growth in online marketplaces (live at SouthStart)

Leaders from three of Australia’s top online marketplaces have revealed key business, growth and technical insights about their startups live at SouthStart. On the panel is Dan Draper, CTO at Expert 360, the marketplace that connects businesses to top freelance professionals, along with David Trumbull, co-founder at Car Next Door, Australia’s largest car sharing network and Edward Hartley, co-founder of Bluethumb, Australia’s largest online art marketplace. Andrew from Rooster Radio, the...


Ep 84 Beyond the hype of IoT & autonomous vehicles with Dr Alex Grant (live at SouthStart)

We kicked off SouthStart Conference with a live interview with Dr Alex Grant, CEO of Myriota and co-founder of Cohda Wireless. Alex is doing truly amazing things. He is CEO of Myriota, an Internet of Things company which is gaining recognition globally for low cost, low power satellite technology. Before Myriota, he entered the autonomous vehicle market with his company, Cohda Wireless. This was back in 2004, well before the buzz of driverless vehicles. Both companies are now leading the...


Ep 83 Risky business

People talk a lot about entrepreneurship and risk, but sh*t gets real when you have kids and a mortgage to pay. The heart says pursue your business dreams, the head says stick to your 9 to 5 and provide. But does it have to be one or the other? What if there was a way to transition into your own business life without having to fall off a cliff? If it's possible, how the hell do you make it work? James and Andrew talk about the issues, opening up about aspects of their own journeys and...


Ep 82 - Anthony Minichiello on the evolution of NRL and tackling life after sport

Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello saw the end of his playing career coming, and planned accordingly. Many of his footy mates didn’t, with tragic results. Anthony says the come down from the highs of a sports star life can be hard. Many athletes struggle to find a new purpose, and structure, for their new life. It was different for ‘Mini' who was raised by hard working Italian parents who made him get a trade in the early years of his NRL career. He maintained a life of balance,...


Ep 81 Crispian Fielke’s journey from the family farm to owning the 'world’s best' bars

Having shared an office space with Crispian Fielke over the last couple of years, we’ve seen first hand how he and his team have built a city small bar scene. Crispian is co-owner of Clever Little Tailor, one of Adelaide’s top bars which regularly gains recognition in the national press and is sought after by local punters like myself, along with slightly bigger names, such as Mick Jagger. He’s also co-owner of the iconic Pink Moon Saloon, a bar that has cleaned up national and...


Ep 80 David Cooke on the long game of urban design and the making and breaking of cities

David Cooke uses his urban design knowledge and global experience to address the urban renewal challenges that face Australian cities. David is an internationally qualified Urban Designer, registered Architect, accredited Planner. He is the Director of City Collective, a design studio that works across Australia and the world. He was the first South Australian to be awarded a prestigious scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, in their intensive Masters of Urban Design...


Ep 79 How Finn Peacock rejected the ‘9 to 5’ and built a multi-million dollar business

Finn Peacock's decision to quit the '9 to 5' life led him to build a home based business that now generates $3 million in annual revenue. Finn was an engineer earning good money in a job with the CSIRO that most people would aspire to. But he hated it. The bureaucracy was so frustrating that it was impacting all aspects of his life. On the back of some passive income from e-book sales, and some inspiration from Tim Ferriss’ iconic book the Four Hour Work Week, he quit his full-time job....


Ep 78 How to build a multisided online marketplace

Building a multi-sided marketplace requires hard work and cash, James Begley has learned. Not only is James the co-host of Rooster Radio, he is the founder of PickStar, the revolutionary marketplace to book sports stars for any kind of paid opportunity. Online marketplaces are tricky at the best of times, but the layers involved in PickStar are particularly challenging. Not only is there the elite athletes and the clients who want to book them, there’s also athlete managers, clubs and...