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Fiverr & General Assembly Present: Struggles & Bubbles: Founders Lessons Learned

An inspiring panel series that discusses common business failures and how to grow from challenges on the path to success.

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Fiverr is a proud partner of Lightbulb to Launch 🚀 A 2-week long festival for all mission-driven entrepreneurs who want to launch their side hustles and make an impact! Head to the site to see the full schedule!

"If at first you don't succeed... dust yourself off and try again" - Aaliyah, 2000.

Celebrate with us and local entrepreneurs who have met, and overcome common failures that all startups face. Our panelists will answer questions from the audience, share lessons learned, and motivate you with advice to get through the ups and downs of your entrepreneurial journey.

You'll be inspired by real stories of how industry pros overcame their failures, and gain insight to help you on the path to success!

Why It Matters?

For every personal and professional success, there are countless failures leading up to it. Don’t let them discourage you or get in the way of your goals. Instead, find out how to celebrate and learn from these experiences so you can achieve progress and growth.

About the Panelists

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Sarah Liu

Founder and Managing Director, The Dream Collective

Sarah Liu, Founder and Managing Director of The Dream Collective, is an international thought leader, speaker, trainer and facilitator on next-generation leadership, diversity and inclusion and the future of work.

Having represented Australia in the G20 YEA since 2017, Sarah also served as an APAC advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet and sits on the judging panel for Forbes Awards. Sarah is invited to train leaders around the world across private and public sectors on leadership transformation and is an appointed regional partner for Google, lead trainer for National Women in Construction, Engineering, Media and Technology across AUNZ. She is also a member of the UTS Industry Advisory Board.

Whilst she manages a diverse portfolio of career and businesses, there is only one common thread across them all and that is to see more women in leadership and to transform the way we work.

You can find out more about The Dream Collective here.

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Shayaan Malik

Career Coach, General Assembly

I’m a career coach and psychotherapist-in-training with over 8 years of experience in the educational sector, including working for Sydney’s leading universities. I’ve worked with 1000s of career-changers across Australia and New Zealand to help them find jobs they love, at companies including (but not limited to) Canva, EY, CBA, and Domain. At the same time, I collaborate with organisations of all shapes and sizes to connect them with the latest and greatest talent at General Assembly.

The unique approach I take to coaching is informed by the major schools of psychotherapy, principles of design thinking and agile methodology, and behavioural science research. This approach is tailored to suit each client and their respective goals. I believe that everyone has an interesting story to tell and my strengths lie in helping people design their careers through understanding how to craft and pitch their personal brand.

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Cormach Evans

Co-founder and CEO, Ngarrimili

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Neva Read

Founder, The Brand Ninja

Born in Kenya and now living in Sydney, Australia, Neva Read is a storyteller and strategist with a background in business strategy, PR, advertising, branding and marketing.

She started her career with Howorth Communications (Ogilvy) launching e*Trade into the Australian marketplace, and went on to manage PR for NineMSN, followed by leading the digital marketing for Toyota, Lexus, The Commonwealth Bank, Nestle, McDonalds, Nikon, Sydney Opera House, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Budweiser, Lion Nathan, Alex Perry Fashion, etc.

She began her own consultancy in 2016, developing marketing, digital and social media strategies, innovation projects and campaigns for leading brands such as Unilever, Google, Shiseido, Avantcha Tea, MPI Jet (LA), etc - working closely with senior business leaders and executives to craft their branding, marketing, consumer insights, key value propositions and functional messaging. She consults to established brands, but her true passion is start-ups and SMEs with great ideas designed to change the world for the better.

She's also written for several publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian UK as well as directed 3 documentary films, two of which played across cinemas in Australia. Neva loves writing, hiking, running and cooking with her husband and kids, and she reads voraciously into the wee hours of the morning in her very ‘spare’, spare time.

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Josh Howard

CEO & Founder, Single Use Ain't Sexy

I'm Josh the Founder of 'Single Use Ain't Sexy' & I'm definitely not a tosser (anymore).

I started this business because I love this planet of ours, but I just couldn't get my head around how many single-use plastic bottles we all use (and chuck out!).

With over 60 million single-use plastic bottles ending up in landfill every day, I knew we had to make some changes.

So I made it my mission to find a solution to this problem - That's how 'Single Use Ain't Sexy' was born.

Our cutting edge dissolvable hand soap tablets make it so simple - just add water.

So far we’ve saved up to 125,000 single-use plastic soap bottles from Aussie landfill.

And we’re only just getting started!

Please follow our journey at @singleuseaintsexy

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