YOUNG BUSINESS FORUM
Ned Moorfield, CEO & Founder, goCatch, Jon Rout, Innovation Manager, Commonwealth Bank, Ayal Steiner, General Manager ANZ, Outbrain and Prof. Dr. Lawrence Wallen, Head of Design, UTS, in conversation with Ky Chow, Associate Editor Multimedia, Australian Financial Review partnered with the AICC Young Business Forum to host an after hours event discussion around “Disrupting the World: How Innovation is Changing the Paradigm for Everyday Life”. This event was proudly sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and Optus.
“Creativity,” Steve Jobs liked to quip, “is just connecting things.” By that, the famed innovator referred to the practice of creating new ideas based on links others have yet to intuit. Creating a disruptive innovation boils down to finding new and better ways to solve problems. But it also involves the will to take risks. Our society has become, to a great extent, too risk-averse. If you are afraid to take risks you’re never going to get those quantum breakthroughs.” (The Economist)
Ned Moorfield – goCatch connects passengers directly to the nearest available taxi driver and provides a seamless payments experience at the end of the journey. Ned is passionate about applying disruptive, technology-lead business models to break open monopolised industries and deliver big improvements in outcomes for the end user.
Jon Rout – Founder of two start-ups, one was briefly the largest trader of carbon credits in NSW and the other a series of valuable lessons in what not to do when starting and scaling a company. Jon now works as an Innovation Manager at CBA. One area he is exploring is the power of blockchain technology.
Ayal Steiner - Outbrain helps people discover content they can trust to be interesting, relevant and timely. Outbrain reaches 500m people/month and is implemented across all leading publishers in ANZ. Ayal works with brands and publishers to successfully evolve beyond advertising into branded storytelling.
Prof. Dr. Lawrence Wallen - Lawrence is the Head of Design at UTS where significant research into 3D printing and advanced fabrication is being undertaken. 3D printing is disrupting the physical world through the ‘manufacture’ of goods that were once the domain of multi-million dollar production plants. From everyday items to prosthetics, 3D printing is revolutionising our lives.
Ky Chow has interviewed many of Australia's leading CEOs, ministers, investors and entrepreneurs. Following his success at Sky News as a business reporter, Ky has led the push into multimedia for the Australian Financial Review, as part of the iconic business masthead's evolution in the rapidly changing world of digital journalism.
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