Steve Baxter shares hard truths
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.