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Solid advice – David Clarke, Webjet founder

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on October 22, 2009

I was lucky enough to be on a judging panel at Melbourne University with David Clarke the CEO of Webjet. A $500m company which he founded, floated and built. After the students gave their business pitches (the subject was Internet Marketing) he gave a simple closing speech with some poignant insights. Here’s a snippet.

“The internet is very seductive and has the capacity to hijack rational thought. There is a real disconnect between the on-line and real world. The trick is to connect the two. And the way that is usually done is through speed and cost advantage.”

Amen.

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  1. Hannah Suarez said, on October 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I love Webjet!

  2. Marc Lehmann said, on November 5, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Gday Steve,
    When he said “speed”. What context was this in?

    • Steve Sammartino said, on November 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

      The context of the word ‘Speed’ was that it gets things done quicker from a consumer perspective.

      Steve.


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