What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw more outstanding entries than ever before. So, we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed Top 30 by a wink. Behold, our 2011 30under30 Honourable Mentions! More.
Carl Taylor, NSW (b. 1986)
Name: Carl Taylor
Age: 25 (Born: April 1986)
Carl Taylor has been called an entrepreneur's entrepreneur with good reason. In his ten-year career, the 25-year-old has bought, built up and sold three separate businesses. As the head of Bold Solutions, his business-buying and mentoring firm, Taylor understands the A to Z of profit, helping bricks-and-mortar companies achieve saleability in the shortest time possible.
And he's still making the jaw-dropping acquisitions. "I once negotiated to buy a $30,000 business for $0," Taylor says. "Just three weeks weeks ago, actually." But of course. Business as usual.
Taylor has an innovation to match every daunting statistic in his book of accomplishments. This is a guy who once marketed his IT company by mailing Band-Aids to potential clients, asking them if they were "sick of Band-Aid solutions."
He has also built a highly regarded public speaking and coaching business around himself, something that he arrived at relatively recently. His workshops are an exercise in ripping off those stopgap Band-Aids once and for all. He challenges audiences to discard the "myth of productivity" and presents his own practical model for turning value into sales.
More importantly, Taylor believes a healthy life is fundamental for a healthy business owner, and seeks to "build a community of doers and action takers who get in the driver's seat of their lives."
Taylor demonstrated his action-taking message, while at the same time promoting it further, with Red Means Go! -- a book he claims to have written in five days. Preaching the Japanese principle of Kaizen and promising a five-step method for people to follow to live their lives as they want, Red Means Go! was tapped by iTunes as a New and Notable Business Book in 2010.
While Taylor prefers to let his accomplishments do the talking, his fellow entrepreneurs are more vocal. "Carl is brilliant at what he does," says sales guru Ari Galper. "He has an uncanny natural ability to see a vision in how to help take a business to the next level."
Anthill asks Carl Taylor: Have you ever been lucky, punk?
"I was invited to speak at a Youth development program, I'd never spoken before and hadn't really thought of speaking. The talk made me realise my passion for helping and teaching people, so I built a revenue model around it through offering education and consulting services to Entrepreneurs young and old. This has controlled the direction of my entrepreneurial career ever since."
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