It’s been a while – life got in the way of blogging. All for the good though! Ms 6 year old Bethie Boop began CREATING a few months ago and is now blooming into an avid inventor. I am doing my best to nurture her love of designing new stuff.
Which brings me to this blog…. Bethie Boop is an avid recycler and general Earth lover, so many of her little projects have focussed on this aspect. Last week she came up with something so very cool I thought we should share it with the world. The idea is in its infancy, there is much to be discovered, but her idea is amazing. Recyclable fashion shoes.
Fashion comes and goes – very quickly in some cases (which is great when we consider jeans thongs…) but not so good for the environment. So many shoes discarded in the footwear graveyard. None of which breakdown, none of which are re-purposed. Foot-fashion fodder filling up our world with style moments we no longer think are so cool.
Beth wants to make the world a stylin’ place without cloggin up nature’s arteries, so came up with the Tatally Recyclable Shoe – and WHAT an idea. So here we are – playing with tape and paper and veneers. But we need help – a lot of help. So we started a KickStarter account and decided to GO FOR IT.
Do you want to be part of fashion feet with a conscience?, then come along for the ride. The KickStarter page is HERE: The-totally-recyclable-shoe page.
Why dont you come visit and join our journey.
Why is our educational system so backwards?
Hmmm – that was a controversial start wasn’t it! Jump right in, boots and all! WAIT – don’t comment yet, hear me out first, please.
Our education system is not up with the times. It teaches us algebra, teaches us to obey, to be malleable, that lunchtime is 12.40pm. But where is the encouragement of the entrepreneurial spark? Why aren’t kids truly encouraged to lead in the face of challenges where the outcome is not predictable? Our kids live sanitised lives, kept safe from failure, where even grades are banded so they don’t feel like they failed. Yeah sure, they can be house captain (I was, 4 times). Yep, they can lead a sports team (I was Softball Captain). These are great opportunities, but this isn’t business leadership.
I think of Tom Cruise in Risky Business – not the underwear scene (pause – take a moment ladies, enjoy the memory, whilst the male readers out there can choose their own cherished pictorial memory to pass the time).
I mean the Risky Business Future Leaders program. It feels truly inspirational to me now. I wish I had done something like that at school. Ok – not the hooker bit (but hey, there are many legitimate biz models at there at the moment which aren’t so far from what Tom did, and politician’s business requirements, well, they leave Tom for dead). Oops – I digress…… to learn about innovation, thinking outside the square (rather than being confined to a little box where a squared +b squared = c squared), to be encouraged to let go of the familiar and grasp hold of the new, different, unexpected, what a fabulous treat that would have been.
To learn from trial and error, where the error didn’t mean a low mark, but a high mark for taking the opportunity and shaping it into success. How absolutely cool it would have been to be at a school where such programs were as important as writing the perfect essay on social culture in the 21st century. I am not saying in place of, but alongside. I haven’t in my life had many requirements to write a 5000 word essay since leaving school (the closest is my humble blog), but the trial and error, that has been a daily occurrence!
How great it would have been to emerge from school understanding how to write a business plan, and being able to identify cash flow problems. Instead I went to Bizness Babes to learn that, as a mum with an idea (well, it was just over 100 viable ideas at the time). Bizness Babes was instrumental in stoking the fire of my burgeoning awareness of the opportunities around me. In fact I blame them absolutely for the nagging bug that now sits on my shoulder, making me look at every action in my life to find the way to build a business out of it. Thanks to the WISE Foundation and Bizness Babes, I now see cash flows and risk analysis everywhere. I love it. The possibilities really are endless! I just wish I had been thinking this way 20 years ago, instead of now, as a mum with a family and a mortgage. But that is life, and I WILL make lemonade out of those lemons!
The lemonade of today (well – yesterday in fact, it came to me whilst dear Bethie Boo and I were out having a little girly fun), is a new entertainment concept I don’t believe has a place in the world as yet. I am very excited about researching it, it could be lots of fun and a great business for me to develop. There is already a business model to utilise, and it is a franchisable operation. Win, win, win. AND I already have a very cool name picked out that no-one has registered a dot.com for. Woo hoo – that in itself is like winning the lottery these days! Anyway – I will reveal more as investigations move along – stay tuned!
Back to my soapbox – education these days. I am not the only one disappointed in the educational systems of this world. I was reading Voyeur Magazine on a recent Virgin Australia flight, and was staggered at the number of mega successful entrepreneurs that had not completed a university degree. Some dropped out after developing their ideas and wanting to get moving whilst the iron was hot (aka Steve Jobs and Bill Gates), whilst others just could not deal with school regimentation (no surprise for entrepreneurs like John D Rockefeller, Richard Branson.) In fact, Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, paid 24 young entrepreneurs $100,000 USD each to drop out of school and develop their ideas instead of waiting a few more years. He strongly feels schooling is not necessarily the way forward. That is a big statement – formal learning channels are so very important, and sometimes life experience just can not replicate the resources of an educational body. I would rather have an education system that meets the needs of kids and gives them the skills to be successful business people if that is what they choose to do. In an effort to alleviate this gap, some enlightened individuals have started utilising shared learning online as an open structure to nurturing these skills, I do hope it catches on. In the mean time perhaps I should also be looking into developing a private school with an entrepreneurship stream – hmmmmmmmm – quick – add that to my list of ideas!
I am off to do some research and chat to some entrepreneurs online, catch up again soon!
Geeeeeeeeees – this is the hardest thing I have ever done. Trying to get ppl to notice my website and sign up – and I am offering stuff for free!
How would a mega-entrepeneur do this? Branson would fly an A380 over with the website on a banner behind. Trump would do a video pageant. Gates – would buy up another business already doing it – hmmmmmm – I am for sale Microsoft – oooh – and GOOGLE too, if you are interested. Hehehe, and Facebook megadudes – you too, skype or vid chat, my concept fits in beautifully and could be yours for the right price.
I know this is a great idea – so how do I get ppl to notice, ‘cos asking and begging aint working. Threats…….hmmmm – I’ll kneecap yah unless yah sigh up isnt really a good business model…….did work for The Sopranos though…. but since I am not in “waste collection” think I need another route….
GRAB A MEGAPHONE AND SHOUT: HELLO EVERYONE – CHECK TOLDYAH OUT
Not effective on a regional or national sale is it. Alrighty – coming up empty – if you have an idea please comment – in the mean time I am back to begging.
Since u r reading this – pls – help a starving mumpreneur out:
TELL UR FRIENDS AND FAMILY – GET THEM TO SIGN UP
UPLOAD VIDS AND BE HEARD!
TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
YES, yes – for my one reader, today marks a turning point – a day of pure, unadulterated excitement. Why, you ask…….. ah Mr X I can always count on you for the right response!
Today, it THE day. Unveiling the plans. With a wave of my magic wand, taaaaaah daaaaaaaaaah………its the official non-launch! Cue the fanfare, streamers and doves.
Hehe, non-launch………’cos yes, there is a live site, and yes the business model is now public (NO COPYING MSSRs BRANSON, GATES, etc etc). But it isnt actually the real site – it is a test site, so no official launch, just a little private lap dance *wink wink*
I can hear the anticipation in your sucked in breath, the inaudible muttering of get on with it…. such excitement to get to the big unveil…..patience dear reader. Modern convention means you have to get thru the ad break before you can sample the nirvana-like qualities for Toldyah in the flesh. Well, in the ether really, isn’t it.
What you are about to sample isn’t finished or even fully functioning – I talked previously about my lack of technical knowledge, and I did this myself! BTW – if you are technically challenged and want a cool website give wix.com a go – they are Aussies and it is pretty simple to do!
Well – that’s the advertising done, so on with the show – are you ready? Hold on to your undies and get ready for the ride!
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN – introducing, for your viewing pleasure: TOLDYAH……… We’ll Make Yah Famous. An entertainment hub to share your consumer experiences by video. Upload a video and we’ll do the rest. Check out the reviews, make shopping fun with mobile scanning technology. Earn rewards for tell us what you’ve bought and what you thought about it!
Check it Out – and please – send me vid’s to upload – I need them ASAP to pitch to investors next Wednesday 28 July. Keep them under a minute or so, and send as many as you like. I am setting up a YouTube channel tonight and will put the link in here as soon as I can.
Woo hoo – now the ride has really started!
Aaarrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhh. Hit a road block – a big one!
The problem with a tech start up (oooh – looky, another clue to what I am doing) is that if you aren’t a techie person the answers to your questions are super hard to understand – hmmmmmm, let me rephrase……. are written/spoken in some cyborg language from the 25th century that my brain is completely ill-equipped to grapple with. A bit like asking my 2-year-old to complete an equation using matrix multiplication. Ahhhhhhhhh HSC mathematics – I knew you would come in handy one day – and here it is!
Before I celebrate that happy occurrence though, I need to find a way to re-route Toldyah back onto the winning track. I am so STUCK on a nutty problem. Just how much can you compress uploaded video files from phones and cameras.
RED ALERT RED ALERT: massive clues to business idea….
Anyway, apparently the answer to my question is the same as “How long is a piece of string“. Which isn’t good enough for me. I can’t complete the financial part of the business plan, nor actually verify the business can make money (pretty important point for investors apparently) without this info. The answers I get from searches and discussions always starts with …”It depends on….” SO MANY VARIABLES!
I am a perfectionist, so getting the answer right is BUGGING me. People say to me to guess, it’ll be about right. But gees, the best and worst scenarios make a break even date that is light years apart. How can I sound like I have a clue when presenting that to Bill, Richard, Bernard or Carlos!
I do need to decide ASAP – have to finalise the BP so I can get the website started. Ahhhh – there we have another challenge – how to write a brief that sounds like it is written in 25th Century Cyborg. Anyone got a Cyborg to English translator handy?
BTW – the best 2 answers for the string question in my opinion:
- About Yay long
- Double the distance from middle to one end.
Planning, planning, planning……..
Yep – honing the business plan. Hard but valuable work. ‘Cos it’s in the planning that the strengths, weaknesses and gaps become clear. And boy have I found gaps LOL. But filling them has been a lot of fun and made a better end product to offer.
But I have also some strengths which have been confidence boosters.
The weaknesses – well – they were clear from the start hehe. A Mum with a Quality and Innovations background working an IT startup……. I can hear you laughing. (Ooooooooooooooh look – a clue to what I am doing! Stay tuned – the next few blogs have more clues coming up). First one to guess correctly will become Toldyah’s Chief Entertainment Officer (a joke really – unless you actually want the job?).
The financials is the scary bit. Working on those right now after 3 days of Financial Business Planning at Bizness Babes last week. Hmmmmm – anyone got a spare $100,000 to get me over the hump until the business turns a profit? Yes?????? Fantastic – just write your cheque out to the Toldyah Nigerian Scam account………. Of course if Mssrs Gates, Branson, Page, Ortega (Zara), or other members of the squillionaires club are reading – happy to accept donations or investment options!
Well, time to get back to the business planning – got to get it ship-shape so I can go beg some money to complete the dream and make Toldyah THE place to be seen. Let me see 200 + 600 equals….. where’s that excel spreadsheet?
I am baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
All funned out being a kid. Well, not really, there is always room for more fun!
It was an amazing experience to try to think like a child for a day. Silly thoughts, different viewpoints…….. not censuring my thoughts and actions (within reason – there are human decency requirements!).
It’s actually quite fun and productive to let go of the rules. So many things are possible if you start asking WHY NOT? Suspend reality as we adults know it and start inventing. Research depts should be staffed by kids – so much more would be developed and it would be interesting! A bowl that turns into a lollipop when you wash it – brilliant!
Actually came up with 2 new business ideas during this time – all hush hush of course – I know Mr Gates is secretly spying on me for my brilliant mind, that youngsta Mark Z is just waiting for me to slip up so he can snap up my fabulous ideas, and Richard the Virgin is combing through my trash! Hello rich people – please send a starving entrepreneur money or coupons……….no really – we need help. LOL.
In fact I am beginning to think that is a required part of the program – to be successful you must be desperate. No risk will compare with the burning feeling of hunger perhaps. Lucky it was easter, we are living on easter bunnies and eggs. Still – chocolate does contain all the food groups doesn’t it?
My ideas are becoming more refined now – Toldyah has meat on the bones. Website and app development will start very soon, and launch plans are taking shape. The business plan is in first draft, the rules and webpages are storyboarded. It’s getting exciting.
Will you be one of the first to be able to say….