(Sydney International) I am currently waiting for my flight that will take me across the ocean and all the way back to Europe. It has become time to depart and say goodbye to Australia and everything that it has offered me.
It is with sadness but also joy that I’m about to leave this amazing country. One year ago I jumped on an airplane heading east, without knowing a lot about what was to meet me in this country down under. Now a year later, I’m on my way back again. It is hard to put words on the feelings that I am feeling in this very moment, but I am sure that any person who have experienced to say goodbye knows exactly which feeling I am talking about.
I came to Australia with no expectations, and am leaving with none. Australia turned out to be an adventure of a life time, and I can only hope that my future journey will bring me as much happiness and joy as Australia did.
I would like to thank all the people that made this adventure a unique experience. Without you it would not have been the same. Remember: “It is not about the places you see, it is about who you see them with.“
I am sure that I will be back with deeper and better reflections on all the things that I have learned from Australia, but for now I will focus on the flight ahead of me. One more time, thank you everyone.
Innovation starts when people ask the What if Question? Today I attend a great lecture in connection with the 10 year anniversary for the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. The lecturer was Steve Huff, form managing director of Typefi, an automated publishing too used by companies such as Apple, Lonely Planet and Telstra.
Steve Huff was sharing his entrepreneurial experience, which he did really well. In 1999, just after the IT bobble busted, he founded Typefi, after asking the question; What if we could automate book publishing and save the publishers money by shortening the editing process from several days to today’s just 3 minutes. The entire lecture was framed by this question of: What if? Because as Steve said, that is the main question entrepreneurs ask themselves.
Steve shared a great story of an episode with an online conference call with Apple in Cupertino, where they experienced constant fall outs. The Apple employees became pretty frustrated about the situation and Steve Huff and his team had to admit that they did not have broadband.
Even though Steve’s story was pretty amazing, he underlined that being an entrepreneur is a hard job and he also had a few stories to about sleepless nights, extreme frustration and fear. But as he stated, if you are passionate about what you do, you don’t want to take a break from it.
Today Steve has asked himself the question: What if we could supply refugee camps in Africa with lightning and by that minimize the risk of assault and rape of women and children? With this question has Steve set out to create jobs in a whole new industry of lightning under the name of Doble.
The anniversary also gave the opportunity to say hello to Gideon Shalwick, an online video marketing entrepreneur specialized in turning online videos into cash. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a guest lecture held by Gideon just a week earlier on Campus. It was a great lecture, and I was happy to be presented with the opportunity to have a little chat about Gideon’s book publishing history.
All over a regular Thursday turned into an extraordinary Thursday. Now I am about to ask myself the What if Question? And so should you?
Just as I was walking on the University of the Sunshine Coast campus today I noticed a little feature for Rain Water Management from the roof of the the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. The Sunshine Coast is subject to severe weather systems and a lot of rain during the summer (Rain Season).
What I want you to notice is the use of chains to lead the water from the roof to the sewer. The roof of the building is fairly large, and the amount of rain would be extremely significant in case of a rain storm. This will create a massive pressure on the gutter and without the chains the water would be as a waterfall from the roof.
A great little design feature of Tropical Australian architecture.