A little background will help explain how I ended up here.
Soon after Saatchi & Saatchi bought our independent marketing consultancy in 1989, I ran off to do my own thing as a marketing soloist.
Focusing primarily on youth brands, I made a couple of sideline forays into the world of art and music before relocating from London to Sydney as part of my midlife adventure.
Working initially as GM of a design group, now part of Landor, I succumbed to soloism yet again with the launch of Flying Solo.
A delightful twist of fate brought me into contact with my first business partner, Sam Leader and a little later, Peter Crocker.
Today we've a membership of over 85,000 with a further 45,000 across our social networks. Flying Solo hosts the nation's busiest small business discussion forums; a large, searchable directory; and part of my role within the business is presenting our regular podcast and undertaking presentations in my capacity as a small business speaker.
Our bestselling book, Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business, continues to draw praise and keep us in tea and biscuits.
In 2009, the National Library of Australia began archiving Flying Solo into their Pandora Project, recognising us as a community "of national significance".