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What is 30under30?
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, so we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30 by a wink. Behold, our 2012 30under30 Honourable Mentions! More.
Jason Ballo, NSW (b. 1987)
Name: Jason Ballo
Age: 25 (Born: September 1987)
Known for: Ballo Furniture
It took a broken bed in Dubai, a near-death experience in New York and a fact-finding trip to China for Jason Ballo to realise his true calling was at home.
With Ballo Furniture, he designs and manufactures all of his own furniture pieces and sells them through his online shop to guarantee the best prices.
The 25-year-old Ballo, whose family tree has many entrepreneurial branches, is nothing if not an adventurer.
He was in Dubai because he had moved there at 21 to start his first business, a facilities management company.
“I put myself in life and death situations everyday for my business to prosper,” says Ballo, who literally survived such an episode (albeit at the expense of his visa) while meeting with furniture makers in New York. Now back in Sydney, life has a little more cushioning, and he’s proud to run a business that’s 100% Aussie-owned and growing.
Anthill asks: Jason Ballo, what motivates you as an entrepreneur?
I have been in business my entire life and to be the top of the industry I’m in is what gets me up in the morning. I have a complete utter disregard for money, I do things out of passion. I want to be known as a great entrepreneur on the global scale.
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