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Coffee Chats: Pivot – The 2020 word of the year

1 October, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Free – $10

2020 has been an unpredictable year, there’s no denying that. As business goes back we wanted to start a new series – Coffee Chats at Tank Stream Labs. We will be discussing current topics of interest within the Perth Startup ecosystem.

These sessions are FREE for all current TSL members and just $10 for non-members. So join us for tea, coffee, muffins & a chat about what’s going on!

Join us for this panel discussion to find out just exactly what it means to pivot your business. We will discuss:

What does the word “pivot” mean?
How to identify when you need to turn things around
The importance of innovation and change to stay relevant in the current environment


Charlie Gunningham, Damburst Advisory, Startup News, Startup West podcast
Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor.

Arriving in Perth in 1997, he did an MBA at UWA, graduating as top student. He co-founded aussiehome.com, ran it for 10 years before REIWA acquired it, whereupon Charlie ran reiwa.com. In 2013, he moved to Business News, became CEO, and for the past 3 years has worked for a federal government startup fund.

He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He’s also working with a few startups as an angel investor/advisor, and is co-founder of Freo Startup Fest.

Lisa Smith, Director, Blow Your Own Mind
Lisa Smith is a Perth-based entrepreneur and is the Mastermind behind the recently launched P.I.V.O.T program, the Small Business Development Corporation initiative funded by the WA State-funded recovery program. With a strong background in business development and mentoring, Lisa brings much experience and skills to direct and coach people to grow their business by following certain fundamental business disciplines.

As co-founder of Blow Your Own Mind, Lisa has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, as well as teams within organisations across a variety of sectors to help them understand their entrepreneurial mindset.

Lisa is a Master Practitioner of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and believes strongly in self-development and enabling people’s capacity to learn; her aim is to instil true self-belief in everyone she comes into contact with.

Paul Faix, Founder & CEO, Fortix | Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Western Australia

Paul has a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering and Information Management, an Advanced Diploma in Information Technology, and a Diploma in Business Management.

Paul is an active member of numerous boards and advisory groups. He is passionate to achieve progress in all areas of business and social life.

In 2015 Paul set up a sporting event, that was dedicated to raising money and awareness for children’s cancer in Western Australia. Working closely with Volleyball Western Australia the campaign attracted many of Perth’s businesses and raised over $10,000 for children’s charities.


1 October, 2020
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free – $10
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Tank Stream Labs


Tank Stream Labs
Level 5, 11 Mounts Bay Road
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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