Nick Mann Rotageek

How Rotageek is re-inventing employee scheduling, with Nick Mann | Episode 007

Nick is the CTO of Rotageek, an employee rostering platform that uses automation to improve organisational efficiency.

Nick first started programming at the age of 7, when he received his very first computer.

By the age of 16, Nick got his first job as a software programmer within the automotive industry. There he learned the importance of agility and moving fast.

In the following years, Nick progressed to various software roles within both automotive and tourism.

In 2009 Nick co-founded Rotageek where he and his co-founder Chris, set their sights on improving workforce management, by utilising cutting-edge data-driven techniques.

Today, some of the worlds most respected companies are using the Rotageek platform to efficiently manage their staff and improve employee retention.

Episode Highlights:

  • Nick’s Backstory [1:46]
  • How Nick co-founded Rotageek with Chris McCullough, discovering a gap in the market and Rotageek’s evolution [3:09]
  • Rotageek’s client’s from the beginning to now [9:49]
  • Solving the problem of employee rostering, explaining how Rotageek solves the problem of employee roster management[11:58]
  • How does Rotageek manage fairness in rostering [16:04]
  • The existing staff rostering model and how automation software like Rotageek will impact existing models [17:35]
  • Where does Ai fit within employee scheduling and what does AI mean for this technology? [19:50]
  • Managing the data and the technical infrastructure [23:02]
  • Team innovation within Rotageek, how Nick manages and inspires innovation within the company [24:46]
  • The competitive landscape of employee scheduling and what makes Rotageek unique [30:22]
  • The future of Rotageek, what are their plans for markets and verticals? [32:30]
  • Nicks personal advice for success and innovation. [36:48]

Episode Links:

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Additional Resources:

Rotageek’s Website:


Nick Mann: LinkedIn

Chris McCullough: LinkedIn

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How Carsales is innovating for the future, with Cameron McIntyre | Episode 006

Cameron has over 25 years of experience in finance and administration. In 2002 he was appointed as finance director for Sensis, Australia’s leading business and classifieds directory.

In 2007 he made the jump from that multi-billion dollar corporation to a young and growing tech start-up called Carsales.

In 2014 he was appointed chief operating officer and then in 2017, he stepped in as the CEO of Carsales.

Today Carsales is one of Australias most admired brands. With a market capitalisation of around 3 billion dollars, it now employs over 1200 people globally.

Cameron continues to drive and inspire innovation within the company as well as implementing contemporary programs to attract and retain top talent. Carsales recently won an award for their image-based Artificial Intelligence technology called Cyclops.

Episode Highlights:

  • Cameron’s backstory [1:55]
  • Moving from a large corporate to a start-up [3:24]
  • Growing from a start-up to a large enterprise and entering new markets [5:17]
  • Working with the international businesses of Carsales [7:27]
  • Cyclops AI and working with data [9:15]
  • Using data within the company to personalise user experience [12:37]
  • The automotive market, trends and the future [15:05]
  • The future of consumer interaction [17:47]
  • Consumer behaviour [19:06]
  • Cameron’s favourite car! [20:30]
  • Carsales key change factors [21:13]
  • Hiring and keeping great talent [22:20]
  • Becoming a listed company (public unlisted company) [27:03]
  • The recent acquisition of SKN Car [28:47]
  • The Korean and Chinese car markets [30:51]
  • Cameron’s personal strategies for success [32:19]

Additional Resources:


Contact Cameron: LinkedIn Profile

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Tim clover from glow talks about the future of market research

How automation is changing market research, with Tim Clover – Episode 005

Tim is a data analytics and problem-solving guru.

As a former director of PWC, Tim has worked with some of the worlds leading brands, deploying the latest automation technologies to help his clients better collect and interpret their big data. 

In 2013 Tim left PWC and set himself on a mission to democratise market research by creating a new and powerful market research platform that leverages data with both automation and machine learning.

Today, Tim is the CEO of Glow, a platform that has successfully lowered the barriers of entry to market research and provides its users from start-ups to large corporates, fast, accurate and actionable insights into their brands like never before.

Episode Highlights:

  • Tim’s inspiration behind Glow [5:44]
  • Traditional market research methods and their shortcomings [7:30]
  • The cost-benefits of using automation in market research [8:53]
  • The current barriers to market research [10:03]
  • How a brand leveraged research for its retail packaging and won [11:14]
  • Using market research early vs late in the product lifecycle and the importance of designing quality throughout the  life cycle [13:00]
  • The traditional agency model and how automation will change the landscape and disrupt existing agencies [15:23]
  • Research technologies within retail [19:05]
  • AI in market research, the impact on jobs. Behavioural and attitudinal segmentation and the future of predicting purchasing behaviour [20:33]
  • The adoption challenges of automation in market research [24:50]
  • Disruption to the workforce in research & how organisations will benefit from research automation [27:23]
  • The strategy of research and the importance of sharing data through the supply chain [29:26]
  • Team innovation and keeping the vision strong [35:03]
  • Tim’s Personal success strategies and inspirations [36:58]

Additional Resources:

Glow’s website:

Contact Tim: LinkedIn

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Don Perugini talks about using AI to increase the fertility rates in IVF

Using AI to improve fertility rates in IVF, with Dr​. Don Perugini – Episode 004

Dr Perugini has been in the field of Artificial Intelligence for over 20 years.

It was as a research scientist for the Department of Defence where he identified that AI could be used commercially to solve real-world problems.

In 2007 He formed his first AI company, gaining rapid growth and global attention, within 8 short years it was successfully acquired by Ernst and Young.

In 2017 he formed his next AI venture where he and his partners would set themselves on a mission to improve the fertility rates of IVF patients.

Today Dr Perugini is the co-founder of both Life Whisperer and Presagen, leveraging Artificial Intelligence to improve patient outcomes and help create a healthier world for all.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr Perugini’s backstory, the EY acquisition & starting Life whisperer [1:38]
  • Presagen – an AI platform for image-based medical diagnostics [4:20]
  • The IVF process explained and how AI can improve the embryo selection process [5:14]
  • AI in the decision-making process [6:51]
  • Using AI to non-invasively detect Down-Syndrome in the IVF process [7:36]
  • The effects AI will have on the training of embryologists [8:58]
  • The challenges of AI adoption within the medical field [9:50]
  • Using image-based AI for other applications and markets [12:43]
  • Processing the data, deep learning and computer vision explained. Data privacy within the medial industry [15:54]
  • Deep learning explained [19:25]
  • The ethics of AI, making autonomous decisions, transparency of the techniques and trusting the machine [20:49]
  • The importance of proof points in advanced technologies [23:16]
  • The jobs that will be created as a result of this AI disruption. The flow on effects [24:00]
  • How Watson has helped advance the progress of AI in the medical [25:16]
  • Joint venturing with medical institutes to get market penetration. How Presagen works with their partners and the importance of being a global player [27:18]
  • Managing innovation within the organisation, investing in your team, experimenting & managing failure [30:53]
  • How to Retain talented people within the team, hiring for high tech jobs such as AI and data science, the challenges and strategy [33:20]
  • Don’s personal strategies for success and what inspires him [35:47]

Additional Resources:

Life Whisperer’s website:

Presagen’s website:

Contact Dr Perugini and the team:

Dr Don Perugini: LinkedIn

Dr Michelle Perugini: LinkedIn

Dr Jonathan Hall – LinkedIn

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Marshall Hughes talks about the future of retail and how the sharing economy will change the game

How the ​sharing economy is changing retail, with Marshall Hughes – Episode 002

Marshall has a 25 year background in freight and logistics.

His expertise in logistics operations and passion for solving complex problems creatively, led him to build one of the worlds first platforms that connects shoppers with shoppers.

By leveraging underutilised resources and tapping into the booming sharing economy, Marshall’s platform Passel, is levelling the playing field, providing physical presence retailers, an opportunity to better compete with their online competitors.

Episode Highlights:

  • The inspiration behind Passel, identifying an opportunity in the marketplace [2:39]
  • Preparation for entrepreneurship through The Founder Institute [3:44]
  • Passel’s clients [4:57]
  • The technology that powers Passel, working with Swinburne University,  using AI to predict user behaviour [5:35]
  • The sharing economy, past and present and driving forces [7:21]
  • The gig economy vs the sharing economy [8:36]
  • The courier/delivery industry, size and scope. Is there room for more players? Consumers need more options [11:43]
  • The disruption to existing business models, namely fighting back against online and giving physical presence retailers an opportunity to get more sales [13:25]
  • Innovation in retail & the sharing economy, beacon technology, partnering with other tech companies to advance the speed of innovation. Reimagining distribution efficiency [14:38]
  • The Sharing economy past retail, carpooling, car-parts, social services [16:54]
  • How organisations can take advantage of the sharing economy, leasing excess capacity, improving asset efficiency [17:43]
  • Fostering innovation within an organisation, predicting the future, protecting your teams and career paths of staff [18:59]
  • Marshalls’ personal strategies for success, preparing for an innovative mindset and remaining motivated [22:00]

Additional Resources:

Passel’s Website:

Contact Marshall: [email protected]

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