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About 30under30 and the Editors’ Ten:
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw a surplus of highly qualified entrants — far more than the 30 spots reserved for the best and brightest. We thought we would spotlight 10 innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30, yet impressed our judges enough to merit special attention. Behold, our Editors’ Choice Honourable Mentions for 2012! More.
Jake Howard, WA (b. 1982)
Name: Jake Howard
Age (as of 1 Aug 2012): 29 (Born: September 1982)
Known for: Sales Pipeline
Sales are not just the key to survival, says Jake Howard; they’re essential for a business to expand and dominate its market.
Sales Pipeline, Howard’s Perth-based company, uses leads generation, database building, telemarketing, and other strategies to grow a business’ brand awareness and thus grow the business itself.
Howard’s team of 14 employees consistently delivers in meeting objectives, and many clients, including global group-buying site Living Social, have heaped their praises.
As if that wasn’t enough affirmation, Howard will one day tell his children’s children about the time he had champagne on a boat with Sir Richard Branson.
Yes, he has the photo — stored away, we imagine, for posterity.
“Arranging the chance to be one of only 40 [people] to be able to attend such a rare experience,” he says, “worked wonders” for his reputation and brand.
Still, that doesn’t mean he’s high on celebrity mojo.
The survivor of a motorbike accident that almost paralysed him, Howard finds purpose in giving back to the less fortunate, and motivates others to do the same: “Every skill, contact, lesson I’ve gained as part of my entrepreneurial pursuits I intend to use to change the world.”
Jake Howard’s top business tip:
No matter how big or small your business is, always try to find time to think about what you can do for someone/something that isn’t motivated by personal gain. For me this has been a great way of finding balance between the day-to-day challenges of running a business and life that occurs outside of my work focus. The rewards and benefits will come to you on many different levels, and most likely in ways you might never have applied value to.
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