_SOUTHSTART. The Convergence.


BY Sam Davies


21 February 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes

_southstart19 • Humans • Impact • Technology

A tipi and a few scattered cushions in the Adelaide Convention Centre made the perfect set up for our podcast at _southstart 2019. Nestled between the coffee and the workshop rooms, we were in prime position to lure people in for a chat.

Keynote presentations and workshops were run throughout the days by professionals from a variety of fields. From CEOs to designers, astronauts, wellbeing professionals, investors, winemakers and more! Everyone had so much to share with each other.

We were lucky enough to record some amazing conversations with some awesome people. Each week we will be updating this blog with our latest episode from our time there.

A big thank you to the incredible _southstart team!

Our latest episode:

Out Of The Tank, And Into The Tent – Steve Baxter

We were joined at _southstart by investor and entrepreneur – Steve Baxter. Most people will know Steve from Shark Tank Australia but his career is a lot more extensive than that. He has worked with many successful companies in leading roles over the last 25 years, roles that include Founder, Director, CEO and more.  

We discussed the work ethic of young people and how it’s changed since Steve’s earlier work with start-ups; with an insight into the difference between millennials entering the workforce now vs the generation that were starting out just after the recession of the 90s.

I asked Steve how he maintains his teams, he likes to keep it old school – no ping pong tables and no working from home.

And of course, I had to ask Steve about his time on Shark Tank and whether, as an investor, it was beneficial. Also, touching on the Beer Pal pitch, an app we developed.  

A great chat with some insights into an old school work culture in a modern environment. Enjoy!

Previous episodes from _southstart:

How To Make Impact With A Purpose – Mark Reading, Sarah Gun, and Adam McCurdie

From Adelaide To The Heart Of Silicon Valley – Devin Mancuso

Why Your Business Needs A Clear Vision – Elaine Stead

How Busy Is A Barrier In The Way Of Happiness – Penny Locaso

Wearable Technology That’s Out Of This World – Alex Moss

Using Design Thinking As A Powerful Tool – Dan Levy

Blockchain Trading Is The Future Of Sustainable Energy – Jemma Green




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Sam Davies

Sam has been running a Digital Agency in some form or another for almost a decade. He loves the internet and the positive changes it has brought to the world but still loves time away from the glowing cubes. Surf, Fish, Drink, Cook, Laugh….Drink! You can follow him on Instagram @samdaviesdn and on Snapchat @digitalnoir