15 Inspiring Quotes from YEAH NAH 2018

 Image Credits:  LaunchVic

Image Credits: LaunchVic

The Victorian startup community convened on a sunny winter’s day in Melbourne’s Docklands to hear the state’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders share their insights and advice. We’ve shared some of our favourite quotes from Yeah Nah 2018, which focused on the theme of ‘Building Founding Teams’.

 

On Leadership…

“It’s against your nature to let people make mistakes. You think you could do it better – and you probably could - but it’s so important to just let go.”
- Rob Phillpot, Co-Founder & Head of Product & Engineering, Aconex

"Remove your hat as a founder and just be a team member. You’re not going to create value in your organisation, your people are.”  
- Darrell Wade, Co-Founder, Intrepid Travel

 Darrell Wade, Intrepid Travel

Darrell Wade, Intrepid Travel

On Australian Founders…

“Startups are the economic powerhouse of the future, we need to keep supporting them."
- Kate Cornick, CEO, LaunchVic

“Aussie founders have been trained to build lean, capital efficient businesses backed up by societal values of mateship and being ‘in it together’.”
- Tom Mcleod, CEO & Co-Founder, Myagi

“We don't celebrate success enough. We need to get to a point in Australia where we are comfortable talking about success, it's important."
- Rob Phillpot, Co-Founder & Head of Product & Engineering, Aconex

 Tom Mcleod, Myagi

Tom Mcleod, Myagi

On Recruiting Top Talent…

“Look for kindred spirits who are comfortable with ambiguity. Build roles based around models in the industry, seek council from special experts and take due time with the interview process.”
- Kirsteene Phelan, COO (& Acting CEO), Rome2Rio

“When people ask us where to find recruits, we suggest they look to Meetups, the industries they’re trying to disrupt and Universities for ‘academic outcasts’."
- Jason Mcpherson, Chief Scientist, Culture Amp

 Kirsteene Phelan, Rome2Rio

Kirsteene Phelan, Rome2Rio

On Keeping Balanced…

“The things that stressed you out twelve months ago are blips on the radar now.”
- Tom Mcleod, CEO & Co-Founder, Myagi

"It takes courage to slow down, but growth happens in the rest periods."
- Shahirah Gardner, Co-Founder, Finch

"Think about your inner scorecard and be true to what drives you, your passions and what you want. If you're happy & motivated, the people around you will be too."
- Charlotte Petris, Founder & CEO, Timelio

 Shahirah Gardner, Finch

Shahirah Gardner, Finch

Lessons Learned…

“Success doesn’t lead to happiness, happiness leads to success.”
- Anna Baird, Owner & Director, Bared Footwear

"In order to be the best, you have to be able to compete with the best."
- Shahirah Gardner, Co-Founder, Finch

“Before you launch anything, always validate it with someone who is willing to pay.”
- Nathan Chan, CEO, Foundr Magazine

“Don't sweat perfection. Be in the moment and enjoy the ride."
- Rob Phillpot, Co-Founder & Head of Product & Engineering, Aconex

"You will make good decisions, but learning from your bad decisions is really the key to entrepreneurship.”
- Darrell Wade, Co-Founder, Intrepid Travel

 Anna Baird, Bared Footwear

Anna Baird, Bared Footwear


The Yeah Nah conference was presented by LaunchVic, an agency established by the Victorian Government to develop Victoria’s startup ecosystem. LaunchVic support startups and investors to sustainably grow and deliver economic and cultural benefits for both Victoria and Australia.

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