Category: work

Drivers of change in Australian agribusiness and using value chain management as a strategic response

Sturt Desert Pea

‘Agriculture has undergone much change over the last few decades. Key drivers have been shifts in consumer demand, changes in government policies, technological advances and innovation, emerging environmental concerns and an unrelenting decline in the sector’s terms of trade’ (Productivity Commission 2005, Trends in Australian Agriculture, p. xvi).   The Australian agribusiness sector must effectively and efficiently respond to change and innovate across the entire value chain in order to remain competitive in a global market. A strategic view of value chain management must be cultivated and ‘management procedures and a changing managerial culture, such as a shift towards market orientation’ (Meulenberg & Jongen 2005, p.14) should become modus operandi; coupled […] more

How to pitch your idea at Startup Weekend Khartoum

Startup Weekend Khartoum

On Thursday evening you’ll be given just 1 minute to pitch your idea at the inaugural Startup Weekend Khartoum. How to even? Because overwhelming excitement, it’s totally plausible that all 100 participants could be pitching their startup idea. How will you stand out and get your idea endorsed by the crowd? How will you attract co-founders and form a capable, cohesive and victorious startup team? #SWKhartoum will be limited to 20 startups only. That means only 20 ideas will make it through the 1 minute pitch playoff. The rest will be culled. If your pitch isn’t successful, you’ll have to sideline your idea for now and go join another startup and help work on […] more

How I became a Startup Weekend mentor

#SWKhartoum

That tech startup failure festival Startup Weekend is coming to Khartoum for the very first time (Nov 14-16) and I’ve been asked to mentor. How am I even qualified for such an esteemed job? For the uninitiated, Startup Weekend (SW) is where a bunch of wannapreneurs pitch a tech startup idea on a Thursday evening. They’re hoping to inspire a cohort of developers, designers and hustlers to champion their glorious idea into a working prototype by Saturday night. They’ll then demo that prototype to a panel of experts, who are judging – looking for the next big thing in tech  – providing feedback, and declaring winners for the weekend of the best startup idea. This is […] more

Here in Sudan, I had an idea

Suited Tim

I was gleefully celebrating my 31st birthday in the early hours and then BOOM! It hit me. Funnily enough, It was just after I’d belted out a passionate rendition of Enrique Englassius’s Hero. Was it a sign or merely a coincidence? I’m not afraid to admit it. Never mind. I’ve had ideas before and let them pass. This time was different. This idea had struck me with such tremendous force; immediately I had to go acquire a pen and paper to get it written it down. Never mind secluding myself from my birthday shindig. This idea had to get out of my head and put onto something tangible. Birthdays always make […] more

52 and 17: The Productivity Hack Your Boss Will Hate

Casino

I once had an associate who worked as a croupier at a casino. I thought it was an enviable job because of the generous working conditions. You’re basically getting paid to gamble, you get free meals, your uniform is taken care of and you get a 15 minute break for every hour worked. Despite the benefits, working at casinos can be incredibly depressing. It’s an environment full of losers losing. It’s no wonder this associate of mine had a drug problem. Anyway, there was one thing this casino was getting about right. The frequent breaks. A recent study by time tracking software spruikers Desk Time found that the most productive people take a 17 […] more

How I Funded 3 Years of Traveling

Tim Gardner Backpack

Have you ever wanted to take an extended trip overseas? It’s not an easy thing to do. It takes time and money. You need to take time away from whatever kind of life you’ve burdened yourself with and you need to scrape enough funds together to first buy that departure ticket. Now, I can’t help you escape from the drudgery you’ve trapped your life in (maybe) and I can’t help you with funding (yet) but I can give you a hot tip. I can tell you exactly what I’ve done to fund 3 years of travel. It involved hard work (I’ve worked in over 60 jobs, at times holding down 4 jobs at […] more

Why I Failed and What I Needed to Happen

Go Work

For 10 years my biggest goal has been “How can I make money online so that I can have the freedom to work where I want and when I want“   For 10 years I can categorically say that I have spectacularly failed at reaching this goal. The most money I have ever made online was $750 and it was by complete accident. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to film this happen and then MSNBC in New York happened to want the footage for their hit TV show “Caught on Camera”. I’m quite sure they aired the footage sans my excited commentary – hopefully. And sucked in to all the trolls […] more