Today, in the next episode of my “Melbourne’s Leaders” series, my guest is Mr Brian Watson. Brian is the founder and Executive Chairman of Georgica Associates Pty Ltd, a private equity asset management and advisory firm in Melbourne. He was based in New York with J.P. Morgan from 1987-1999, as Global Head of Equity Underwriting from 1990-1995 and head of Global Private Equity Business from 1995-1999. He returned to Australia in 1999 and was Chairman of J.P. Morgan Australia from 1999 – 2000 and Managing Director of JP Morgan Partners (JPMP) Australia from 1999 – 2002. JPMP Australia invested across a broad spectrum of private equity opportunities in Australia.
He also sits on the board of the Australian Stem Cell Centre, was Chairman of the Government’s Venture Capital Industry Review, and was appointed to the Board of Guardians of the Federal Government’s Future Fund.
During our chat he talks about the motivations for excellence, attitudes towards setbacks and failure, the state of the Venture Capital industry in Australia, the purpose of the Future Fund, and the future of stem cell research.
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The G’Day World Theme Song is â€œSave Meâ€ by The Napoleon Blown Aparts.
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I caught up with my favourite Catholic, Father Bob Maguire, for a chat on Monday and attempted to engage him on some of the subjects I’ve been discussing here lately. As I should have known, he didn’t want to know about it and just told me off. Listen to the fireworks.
Scienta’s post on why not everyone in Australia likes to celebrate the coming of the Europeans reminded me of a podcast I listened to this morning in a similar vein.
The latest episode of Learn Out Loud’s excellent “Great Speeches in History” podcast has a speech by Frederick Douglass who confronts the country at the height of the Civil War. I’d never heard of Douglass before and in the podcast I learned that he was was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. Called “The Sage of Anacostia” and “The Lion of Anacostia,” Douglass was one of the most prominent figures of African American history during his time, and one of the most influential lecturers and authors in American history.
He was born in 1818 as a slave in Talbot County, Maryland. Douglass escaped slavery on September 3, 1838 boarding a train to Havre de Grace, Maryland dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carrying identification papers provided by a free black seaman. After crossing the Susquehanna River by ferry boat at Havre de Grace, Douglass continued by train to Wilmington, Delaware. From there Douglass went by steamboat to “Quaker City”â€”Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His escape to freedom eventually led him to New York, the entire journey taking less than twenty-four hours. He spent the rest of his fighting against slavery, for equal rights for African-Americans and became a newspaper publisher.
In the amazing speech linked to above, he absolutely eviscerates the USA’s self-image as being a “The Land Of The Free” and a Christian nation. Here’s a short quote:
“I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the South is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes – a justifier of the most appalling barbarity, a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, and a dark shelter under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection.”
Definitely listen to it, it’s a powerful 8 minutes.
Getting back to Scienta’s post, she says:
Itâ€™s Australia Day here down under, which is supposed to be a celebration of Australia as a nation. Unfortunatly, the date chosen happens to be the day Australia was invaded by the British and for many is a Day of Mourning. As a nation I think itâ€™s time we selected a date thatâ€™s a little more appropriate for celebration, one thatâ€™s less drenched in blood. Celebrating slaughter is not very Australian.
When I was with the Tangler boys last week, I asked them for suggestions on what they would like to see us do to make podcasting easier for the mainstream to get into. Mick and Marty gave me a long speech about how RSS is still way too difficult for the masses but how much easier email updates are. Personally I hate email but maybe that’s because I have to deal with a lot more of it than most folks.
Anyway, today I’m introducing the G’Day World Email Feed! Click on the link below and you’ll start getting emails of the blog posts and the podcasts sent to your inbox. Don’t fear – the 20mb attachment doesn’t come down in your email, just a link to the mp3. If you have any feedback on this service or any ideas for how we can make podcasting more user friendly, please let me know!
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Meg has this interesting post on the decline of Sensis and Yellow Pages. Check out their Alexa graphs.
I wonder where their online customers are going?
I was also interested to read on her blog that former local Microsoft sales director Gary Cox has moved to News Digital to head up their local search play, TrueLocal.