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Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Hi, and welcome to day one, the podcast for regional startups and the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to day one is brought to you by the city of Newcastle and Newihub. Newihub is a growing and vibrant community of Newcastle’s startups & founders. It’s a central hub where you can learn about what’s going on in our ecosystem, with events, available jobs and other resources. I’ll tell you more about Newihub later in the episode, but for now, let’s jump into the story of Damien Mahoney.

Today, Stackla is a global company with dozens of employees and offices in the US and UK. Many of their clients are household names: Macdonalds, Nintendo, Toyota, and Sony just to name a few. But the growth of the company has not always been smooth sailing, and in recent years they’ve weathered two major storms: the pandemic, which all but wiped out many of their key clients, and a legal battle with Facebook which required Damien to make an incredibly difficult decision to keep the company afloat.

But before we hear about how Stackla has been able to emerge from multiple catastrophes, first we need to go back to day one, and hear the story of how a part-time job in radio that was too good to pass up would ultimately lead Damien to become the CEO of a global technology startup.

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Antony Martin from Hone

Antony Martin from Hone

Hello and welcome to a new episode of Welcome to Day One, the podcast for Aussie founders, startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle's brand new innovation platform,...

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Mike McKiernan from Deckee

Mike McKiernan from Deckee

Hi, and welcome to day one, the podcast for regional startups and the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to day one is brought to you by the city of Newcastle. The City of Newcastle is a big supporter of entrepreneurship in our region and...

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Colin Goudie from Social Pinpoint

Colin Goudie from Social Pinpoint

Hello and welcome to a new episode of Welcome to Day One, the podcast for Aussie founders, startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle's brand new innovation platform,...

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Ryan MacPherson from Coassemble

Ryan MacPherson from Coassemble

Hi and Welcome to Day One, the podcast for regional startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle. Today I'd like to share the story of a Newcastle startup that has been flying...

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Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram.  Today you’re going to hear the story of Alicia, Daniel and CompEAT Nutrition. The concept of CompEAT first planted itself in Daniel & Alicia’s mind in 2016....

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Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy featuring James Bradley

Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy featuring James Bradley

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Diffuse Energy and it’s founders Joss Kesby, James Bradley and Sam Evans. Diffuse Energy is a company that, right now, is...

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Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Andrew Mears and SwitchDin. SwitchDin provides software and hardware solutions for managing distributed energy resources....

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Jade Ryan from Cake Server

Jade Ryan from Cake Server

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Cake Server and Jade Ryan. Jade blew me away. Jade went to university to study structural engineering, became a structural...

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Daniel Spiteri from FEIKE

Daniel Spiteri from FEIKE

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of FEIKE and Daniel Spiteri. FEIKE is a business that helps get you home safely, the business has grown from an idea that Daniel had...

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James Rabbitt from Broader Learning

James Rabbitt from Broader Learning

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of James Rabbitt and Broader Learning. Broader Learning provides STEM based learning programs to multiple schools. This approach...

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Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures

Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures. Newie Ventures is an engineering agency. They build solutions to their client's problems....

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Sahil Harriram from Elite Robotics

Sahil Harriram from Elite Robotics

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Elite Robotics and it’s CEO Sahil. Sahil and his teams are developing robots that have human-like instincts! Since launching in...

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Justin Hales from Camplify

Justin Hales from Camplify

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Justin Hales and Camplify. Camplify is Australia’s largest caravan and RV peer to peer sharing community and is expanding...

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Jessica Koncz from EatSee – formerly Crave

Jessica Koncz from EatSee – formerly Crave

Follow us on Instagram for updates, announcements and exclusive stories we post only to Instagram. Today you’re going to hear the story of Crave and it’s founder Jessica Koncz. Jessica didn’t go to university. Jessica began to work in cafes and restaurants as soon as...

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