Naomi Simson - The Renowned Entrepreneur 1000s of Small Businesses Count On
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We have a brilliant episode for you this week with the renown entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Naomi Simson. Given these unprecedented times, this is just the tonic we needed and we think you will love her too. 

On the topic of COVID-19, wherever you’re listening to us from, we hope you’re safe and well and not doing it too tough. Please know that you are not alone, #weareinthistogether . As you’ll hear in this episode, Naomi has some great thoughts for what leaders and businesses need to be thinking about. 

Nearly 20 years ago, Naomi took her savings and founded her online business ‘RedBalloon’ when she was a Mum of two small children. The site she built is an aggregator of a vast variety of experiences that people can buy vouchers for from thousands of tourism and adventure operators around Australia and NZ, and they’re expanding internationally as well. 

Today the ‘Big Red Group’ has 5 separate businesses under its umbrella with revenue over $70 million and literally millions of experiences sold to date. Thousands of small businesses rely on her company to deliver them customers, a big deal normally and an even bigger one now with COVID-19. 

Naomi is also well known for sharing her positivity and business wisdom as a keynote speaker and author or two books. 

In this episode you’ll hear Naomi talk about:

  • How she’s feeling in these uncertain times and how she’s coping with COVID 19 consequences
  • Her experience of stepping out of her business after splitting from her husband, only to later secretly buy back the company
  • What Naomi looks for when startups are pitching to her for investment 
  • Why you’ll always see her wearing something red, and
  • Her advice to you in these times of uncertainty.

So stay safe, get comfy, and enjoy this episode with the super positive and impressive Naomi Simson. 

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