Steve Bax­ter shares hard truths

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS - MICHAEL SHADFORTH

QUEENS­LAND entreprene­ur and Shark Tank favourite Steve Bax­ter spoke at a Caloun­dra Cham­ber of Com­merce break­fast re­cently along­side a panel of lead­ing Qld busi­ness peo­ple.

“If you think I’m rude on the Shark Tank, I some­times do it for a rea­son. En­trepreneur­s don’t need you to blink at them, they need a fig­u­ra­tive slap in the face say­ing you’re go­ing broke,” he said.

Steve’s abrupt na­ture has a way of in­spir­ing be­fore bring­ing you straight back down to earth, but ei­ther way you in­ter­pret it, his words carry a pow­er­ful mes­sage.

Aus­tralians are now on the same play­ing field as the rest of the world and this has some tricky im­pli­ca­tions.

We no longer have a com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage in re­gard to the uni­ver­sally high prices of launch­ing a new busi­ness. We need to be smarter about the way we are do­ing things and re­move all of the sources of fric­tion be­tween our busi­ness, cus­tomers and prod­uct.

Steve is pas­sion­ately vo­cal in is gain­ing ac­cess to the 5000km route of spare and un­used fi­bre op­tic ca­ble in Queens­land that has been “ly­ing dor­mant for 10 years.”

Steve would like to see the un­used in­fra­struc­ture owned by State Gov­ern­ment Cor­po­ra­tions handed over so a net­work can be built en­hanc­ing the state’s con­nec­tiv­ity.

An ex­cit­ing part of this for the Sun­shine Coast is the al­lure of hav­ing a ma­jor node of this net­work right here and be­com­ing an epi-cen­tre of con­nec­tiv­ity.

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