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Welcome to The Never Ending Startup Podcast Episode 6- Ingenuity and Dick Dusseldorp- Founder of Lend Lease- Startup Journey and Stories. Dr Jon reflects on the importance of ingenuity in the startup journey and how Dick Dusseldorp who was an engineer by background transformed his journey into entrepreneurship. Dr Jon reflects on how this shaped his creation of Optimum Search as a research group that created catalyst research and then startups and development projects.

This JDNEST Episode’s Central Question:

Will creating a startup set you free? And what is freedom?

Freedom is a driving force behind entrepreneurship, along with potential wealth, status and recognition.

However freedom is just a different galaxy to servitude, which does not actually escape servitude- but to a different cause;

the exhausting striving for further success.

Dr Jonathan Drane 2024

The Never Ending Startup Podcast: Lessons for Modern Startup Journey & Stories of Longevity

The podcast  shares Dr Jon’s insightful entrepreneurial journey, history and inspirations.

It includes interviews with ‘accelerator startups’ from The University of Newcastle’s I2N Innovation Hub about their journey and inspirations.

It also covers the state of Australia’s innovation ecology and lessons for new startups.

The podcast and book build a social and entrepreneurial framework for startup journey and  longevity.

In this episode we concentrate on the theme of transformation and its importance in the startup journey of discovery.

This episode covers: Ingenuity in the Startup Journey  (extract from upcoming book)

In this  episode we return to our audiobook preview which centres around the themes of curiosity, discovery and philosophy.

I cover the amazing ability of Dick Dusseldorp, the founder or prominent development group Lend Lease to transform from an engineer to an entrepreneur.

I pause to reflect on how my journey through high rise construction and then development was inspired by Dick Dusseldorp.

Also how land is the strongest asset on the planet and how that helped me to assess more fragile assets like those that are created by startups.

Also how my research into high rise construction and property developer cultures would shape my creation of a catalyst research capacity which allows the exploration of potential development concepts and startups.

Dick Dusseldorp creates the first integrated property development and construction group- Lend Lease- Civil and Civic

Take time out to view how Dick Dusseldorp created the most integrated development system in Australia that would be an example internationally.

Dick started building houses in the Netherlands with the group Bredero who were then contracted in 1951 to build houses for the Snowy Mountains Scheme in Australia.

He created Civil and Civic as a subsidiary of Bredero and created the first design and construct system. This meant that the designer or architect was contracted by the builder not the client.

He created Lend Lease as a finance and development arm and built the first high rise concrete structure in Australia – Caltex House which was occupied by MLC.

Securing the whole supply chain; finance-design-construction-owner was an innovation of great significance for the commercial property sector and based on system design.

Learn More: Dick Dusseldorp



What is  The Never Ending Startup Podcast About?

The Never Ending Startup is the story of award winning researcher, writer, innovator, historian  and entrepreneur Dr Jonathan Drane and his journey through the world of  high rise construction, property development and then into  start up ventures, the genesis of which he discovered only recently, had its inception over half a century earlier.

Dr Jon’s Startup Journey and who inspired him

His first start up called Optimum Search was established in 1993 and still stands today with a deep quarter century history of entrepreneurial achievement and ‘catalyst research’ with some failure along the way, the latter being a central part of the DNA of its success.

The story starts in the midst of his post war 1950s upbringing as a hot housed adolescent who was introduced by his father to a strange mixture of  ‘chemistry sets’ , explorer Jacques Cousteau, physicist Professor Julius Sumner Miller and Australia’s Professor Harry Messel with the latter’s famous blue science book being in nearly every high school class room.

How History of Innovation guided Dr Jon’s startup journey and stories

In this way the story also  provides a lived ‘side history’ of Australia’s post war innovation path, its ‘lucky country’ label, and  its  subsequent ‘brain drain’ then independence and research initiatives from CSIRO to a modern innovation ecosystem.

Taking Dr Jon’s Lessons to the Modern Startup: Interviews with startups from UON I2N

Spurred by his attendance at innovation hubs and start up groups in the COVID era in  2022 and at the age of 67  Jonathan saw quite clearly what history can only reveal; that for the true start up, innovation is never ending and should not be seen as a single life defining achievement (whether good or bad) or a grab for wealth and celebrity.

The podcast includes interviews with modern startups including an exciting line up of interviews with ‘accelerator startups’ from the University of Newcastle’s Innovation Hub called I2N.

The accelerator startups cover important areas of our social, economic and environmental futures and they are used as themes for the interview related episodes.

Below are linked in posts of support for the podcast by startups I interviewed from  I2N University of Newcastle Innovation Hub.

Upcoming episode 7 covers: An Interview with Avril Dunn  and new energy and clean-tech innovation EI Platform

We are also proud to announce that episode 7 will include a special interview with Avril Dunn who is the co- founder of EI Platform, which tracks and manages energy use in buildings.

The EI Platform is an accelerator startup with  The University of Newcastle’s I2N Innovation Hub

Avril describes the platform as being like a ‘wearable device’ for a building and it provides convenient and continuous access to business energy data in real time.

The platform also integrates AI to provide smart data on energy use and is a powerful tool in the future of energy and sustainability

Dr Jon’s Interview Highlight with Avril Dunn

Avril Dunn EI Platform, Dr Jon Drane, The NEver Ending Startup Podcast

Where is The Never Ending Startup Being Released on Social Media

Both the book and the podcast of The Never Ending Startup will be released on Linked In and our FB Business Page;

Here is our FB Business Page:

. Startup journey & storiesThe Never Ending Startup Podcast by Dr Jon Drane.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558719231082

Here is our Linked In Profile:

Linked in profile Jon Drane. The Never Ending Startup Podcast and book. Startup journey and stories.

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-drane-6761a717/

The Meaning of Freedom

‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,

and nothing aint worth nothing but its free’

Kris Kristofferson 1976 see youtube video below.

Startup Journey and Importance

The never ending start up is a journey through life, innovation and one’s innate desire to create, that should never be quelled, ridiculed or sidelined due to the apparent ‘apparition’ of failure.

Taking the reader through his journey and the central inspirations that guided his life, Jonathan builds a social and entrepreneurial framework for what he calls ‘the circular start up’, the type that never ends and keeps giving no matter what obstacles occur.

The never ending startup…

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Dr Jonathan Drane

The Never Ending Startup: Startup Journey and Stories of Longevity. The podcast shares Dr Jon’s insightful entrepreneurial journey, history and inspirations. It includes interviews with ‘accelerator startups’ from The University of Newcastle’s I2N Innovation Hub about their journey and inspirations. It also covers the state of Australia’s innovation ecology and lessons for new startups. The podcast and book build a social and entrepreneurial framework for startup journey and longevity.

By Dr Jon Drane

Dr Jonathan Drane is a recognised writer, researcher, advisor and teacher in city and property development processes. He is an expert witness in complex construction and property development issues. Jonathan is also the editor of The City Whisperer which explores our growing cities and the results and malaise of growth. http://www.jondrane.net/

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