What is the 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.
Jarred Rubin, NSW (b. 1984)
Name: Jarred Rubin
Age: 28 (Born: August 1984)
Known for: K2 Capital Group
Rewind the clock one year and you would already find Jarred Rubin with a stellar CV: a storied Martin Place investment banker with nearly a decade of experience at Macquarie and the CBA. (And barely 28!)
Earlier in 2013, Rubin decided to trade in his hefty salary to start his own firm. Many would say he’s taken a sizable risk. But, as Rubin is fond of quoting his hero, Warren Buffett, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
K2 Capital Group gives SMEs access to advanced corporate finance transactions through capital raising, acquisition and exit strategies. It’s a bold venture to help the little guys play at the big boys’ level.
“Our team has a unique insight into businesses,” the former hedge fund manager says of himself and his K2 co-founders. “We all come from different backgrounds and bring complementary skillsets allowing us to add maximum value to our clients.”
Rubin’s history in mega sales transactions (to put his total in the billions is not exaggeration) should reassure small business owners. Likewise, it should surprise no one that he is actively selling K2 at any chance he can get: appearing on Eagle Waves Radio and in Zoom in Business magazine, and partaking in educational marketing through live training workshops and webinars.
But then, Rubin wasn’t always invincible, which is what helps him relate to clients and prepare for the bumps in the road. When he talks about his big break at Macquarie, going from getting coffees to suddenly getting his own client list when a sales trading spot opened up, it’s hard for him to look in the mirror and not see a startup founder champing at the bit smiling back.
At the other end, he relates how he and his family lost their house in a fire while still a child, leading to some financial struggles and a changed outlook on life — the proverbial lesson that’s hidden in every failure.
“I understand that money can very easily be made and lost,” says Rubin, who clearly knows his way around risk — and hopes his future clients will too. “I believe that you need a greater cause or ‘why’ in order to be successful over the long term. While wealth and money can be a great motivator over the short term you need a bigger underlying reason for doing so.”
Anthill asks: Jarred Rubin, what is your super power?
“My super power is the ability to adapt to and morph into any situation when and as it’s required. In the past I’ve been referred to as a chameleon, due to the fact I can switch personas, allowing me to deal very effectively in any situation. This has allowed me to successfully relate to various stakeholders in any situation as they can much more easily relate to and understand me.”
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