I did something stupid – Lessons from the Cape

Last week I did something stupid. I rode a motorbike to the tip of Cape York. The adventure itself was not stupid, in fact it has been on my bucket list for a long time, but what was stupid was that I haven’t really ridden a motorbike that much. And I certainly have never ridden in those conditions. In fact, I only purchased my motorbike 3 weeks before the trip. 2 weeks out I had to put in on a truck to Cairns. In total, I had done less than 600 (highway) KM’s on the bike when I set off on this adventure. To top it off, this was a 200kg+ BMW Adventure Bike. Not the easiest thing to ride. It was stupid. The good news is I made it to the Cape and back and despite a few stacks (outlined at the end of this article) I arrived safely and without injury. This was no easy feat, with approximately 10 people airlifted from the ride with major injuries and many more minor injuries and damaged bikes. But typically, this experience got me thinking about business and the lessons I could draw. The first was the importance of having a goal or a vision. I had the trip on my bucket list, and I was invited to join the ride by a mate. Having this clear vision to complete a trip to the Cape made it an easy decision when it came time to participate. It also helped to know where I was going and what I’d need to take. The second lesson was about having the right tools...

Completion Progress Bar

Introducing the new feature for the month: Completion Progress Bar. When the progress bar is added to your course, students can see a visual representation of their progress, including activities that have to be completed. It also allows teachers/administrators to view all their users progress for a quick overview. Watch this quick video for more details. If you would like more information or to have this plugin added to your training room, please contact OTrain on 07 3040 3310 or email us at...

Reflections on Being CEO of a SaaS Business Through Year 4 and 5, $20m+ of Capital Raised, Triple Digit Revenue Growth

From time to time I come across a post that is so good, I have to do more than simply share it via social media. This is such a post. Copied word for word from its original location, in case its taken down or moved, this is an honest reflection from the Founder and CEO of a fast growth company, sharing some of his learnings from the past few years. The original was posted at: http://www.tawheedkader.com/2016/01/reflections-on-being-ceo-of-a-saas-business-through-year-4-and-5-20m-of-capital-raised-triple-digit-revenue-growth/ Enjoy! Shane Reflections on Being CEO of a SaaS Business Through Year 4 and 5, $20m+ of Capital Raised, Triple Digit Revenue Growth In this blog post, I’ll be reflecting on my journey as the Founder & CEO running companyToutApp over the past two years (2014 and 2015). ToutApp was founded in 2011. Over the last two years, we grew ToutApp’s revenues through triple digit growth, grew from being a 7 person company to now going 65-people strong, and also raised nearly $20m+ of venture capital led by Andreessen Horowitz (Series B) andJackson Square Ventures (Series A). We did all this by bringing on 1,000+ customers whose sales teams now run on ToutApp across their SDR, AE and CSM teams. For those of you that haven’t been following my story, in 2010, I quit my 6-figure hedge-fund job to start my own company. In 2011, we incorporated ToutApp and joined the 500Startups Accelerator Program and raised our advisory round from awesome angel investors including Esther Dyson, Eric Ries and others. In 2012, I went beyond being a just a solo-founder and a one man show and started to build out a whole team. Through 2013, we figured out...

Lean In – Why we have too few Women Leaders

Here’s a great video that I think every man and women needs to watch. Its embarassing to think how true this is in most businesses and relationships? We could all achieve more by “Leaning In”. Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and an inspiration to me as a father of a daughter (and a Son). [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18uDutylDa4[/youtube] About the Author Shane Ridley is the Founder and Managing Director of OTrain. With a background in Workforce Development, Shane has been involved in everything from staffing and developing workforces in Greenfield sites to working with 100 year old companies. 1 man operations to multinationals. A serial entrepreneur, Shane has also successfully started and grown 5 businesses, on 3 occasions taking them from concept to $1M+ in revenue. Connect with Shane via LinkedIn or Twitter About OTrain OTrain puts training online. With our cloud based Learning Management System, and our Studi.O team, OTrain is on a mission to Save the World from Boring Training”  OTrain is Simply put, a better way to train. Learn more about OTrain by visiting www.otrain.com.au or calling us on 07 3040...

The Smartest People in the Room aren’t up here on stage

“The smartest people in the room aren’t up here on stage”. That’s a quote from a mate of mine Troy Hazard – a serial entrepreneur and now professional speaker (www.troyhazard.com). And this morning I can’t help but think how true that is. (Not that I often doubt what Troy says). I’ve been working on our 2014 plans over the past few weeks and using our friends at Google to find resources, research ideas, and generally put our strategy and plans together. But along the way, I’ve been getting stuck. Concepts I don’t understand. Functions in our software or internal systems I just don’t get. Tools or planning guides I need to help. Instead of turning to professionals or consultants to get assistance, I’ve been turning to the people around me. My LinkedIn Groups. My Mastermind Groups. My mentor and peer groups. And when I can’t get the help I need from my groups, public forums and chat sites. And here’s the rub. The information I’m getting is better than most consultants or professionals I’ve engaged over the past few years. Now that’s no disrespect to the professionals, they’ve all been great. Experts in their fields and completely competent. Normally I would have called them first. I just figured they’re all off enjoying the Christmas break, so I went to my network direct. And what I’ve realised is that the peer – peer experience seems to have more relevance, is closer to the topic and information and help is readily available (not to mention its free). Its also “just in time”. Right when I need it. Plus learning what other...

Common Links in Quad Bike Deaths

How are you managing Quad bike safety on the farm. An inquest has found that poor training is a key reason resulting in death and injury. OTrain offers a quad bike and ATV course operators course for just $50. Call or email us to learn more. – From The Chronicle – 14 August 2014 – Common Link in Quad Bike Deaths A CORONIAL inquest into nine quad bike crashes across the state all involved failure by the riders to follow clear safety warnings and guidelines. Deputy State Coroner John Lock, foreshadowing some of his recommendations, highlighted under-age use, intoxication and failure to wear helmets as recurring themes in the nine tragedies. “If there is a message to go out immediately, it is that children under the age of the 16 certainly shouldn’t be riding adult-sized quad or ATV bikes, and that people shouldn’t be doing so whilst intoxicated… and that helmets should be worn,” he said. Counsel assisting Peter De Waard said in his closing submission that the death of children riding adult-sized quad bikes was concerning. “With all the incidents resulting in head injuries, helmets were not worn,” he said. “With all of these deaths, the riders were considered experienced. This suggests that experience alone is not enough. “Intoxication has featured in some of the cases. Clearly, if you are unfit to be driving a motor vehicle, you are also unfit to be riding a quad bike.” Liam Dollar, for the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, said all ATVs had clear warning labels about dangers such as under-age use, intoxication or riding without helmets. Each death in the...