I’m an Airbnb host and I’m falling out of love with Airbnb



I’ve started to wonder whether Airbnb has become, well, too “mainstream”. Do people no longer respect the trust that underpins the whole deal?

Is it OK to smoke in a no-smoking apartment, to leave rubbish all over the place?

Domain, Fairfax Media, June 2017. Read the full story here


The Australian couple restoring an 18th century French chateau


When Perth couple Karina and Craig Waters hired a car and headed on a scenic drive towards the Pyrenees, they weren’t seriously expecting to buy an 18th century, 96-room chateau.

After all, what business would an Australian taxation accountant and a neurological surgeon have in pouring their blood, sweat and savings into a French historical monument with the same protection status as the Eiffel Tower?

Domain, Fairfax Media, February 2017. Read the full story here.

Grant Trebilco’s Fluro Friday movement: How surfing saved my life


If you spot Grant Trebilco out in the waves – ripping it up in a pair of bright yellow leggings, perhaps a floral shirt, and a face slathered in pink zinc – you’d assume the surfer is one of the most carefree blokes getting around.

But paddle closer, and the 36-year-old may share some darker stories. Like the time he experienced psychosis during a work trip to Mexico, and seriously considered ending his own life.

Executive Style, Fairfax Media, June 2017. Read the full story here

Ethical superannuation: save the world and for retirement


Would you be happy if your super dollars were being invested in cluster bombs, companies that use child labour or even tobacco stocks?

Simon O’Connor, CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, says most people don’t know where their superannuation money is being invested, and might be unpleasantly surprised if they did.

The New Daily, March 2017. Read the full story here


Meet the surfer running a business from his sailboat

By Larissa Ham

Operating a business from a sailboat – or Indonesia, or anywhere with Wi-Fi really – is the stuff many cubicle-bound folk dream of.

But for Ryan Scanlon, managing his wetsuit business in this way is a daily reality, albeit one that was a couple of decades in the making.

“I’ve always wrestled between career and being a surfer,” says the 39-year-old founder of Need Essentials. “I’ve always worked three years on and taken two years off and travelled all over the world.”

Published on ShortPress, December 2015. Read the full story here.