2018 Update

I don’t know if many people read or care about what’s happening here, but I should probably give an update about some of the things I’ve written about in the past…

auDA

So first up auDA.  I wrote a lot about auDA in the past.  Not so much about auDA itself, but just my candidacy for the board, and other candidates who I’ve supported over the years.

I have zero interest now in being part of the auDA board.  The whole organisation seems (from the outside) to be a complete mess, and not something that I’d want to be associated with.

My membership is paid up to 2019, but I doubt I’ll renew beyond next year.  Given the turmoil they’re going through, they might not even be around in 2019…

NumberPlates.com.au

I sold my beloved numberplates.com.au business earlier this year.

I still love number plates, and I still believe the site had great potential (it was profitable as it was) but I needed to focus my time on my main business.

The new owner has plenty of enthusiasm and big plans for the site, so I look forward to seeing the next chapter.

Last year I acquired a nice low Queensland number plate (Q139) and I think that was the point where I felt I could move on from running the website.  The sale of the site partly funded the purchase of the new plate too!

I still run the separate heritage plate Facebook page, but I’m looking to move that on too.

There are some great memories from my time running the site, including my two television appearances, in particular my interview on The Project!

Shane Moore on The Project

Trade Risk

Outside of my family, Trade Risk is everything to me.  We’re doing okay, but I won’t go on about that.  Check out the Trade Risk website to see what we’re doing over there.

That’s really it for now.  I don’t expect I’ll be posting much here anymore, but it’s here as my little record on the internet.

Insurance firm among the 100 ‘coolest’ companies in Australia

Cool Company AwardsEarlier this month Australian Anthill Magazine announced the winners of their annual Cool Company Awards.

Whilst insurance brokerages may not typically be thought of as being ‘cool’, one such firm managed to make the cut.

That firm was Brisbane-based Trade Risk, who provide both general insurance and life insurance services to the building and construction industry.

Australian Anthill had this to say about the companies who made the list:

“Cool Companies manage to stay one step ahead of the rest. They breed leaders who are rule-makers and rule-breakers. They are organisations that aspire to be admired. They are trend-setters in attitude and action. Quite simply, they are… cool!”

What makes Trade Risk a cool company?

Probably the fact that they are doing things a little differently to most other firms.

They have a strong focus on online marketing, and this has allowed them to build a great little business in far less time than traditional firms.

Whilst Trade Risk were the only insurance brokerage to make the top 100, there were a few other insurance and finance related businesses.

  • Nimble – Short term lender
  • OzForex – Foreign exchange provider
  • Finder.com.au – Online financial comparison service
  • Health.com.au – Health insurance provider
  • Moneysoft – Online budgeting service
  • Mozo – Online financial comparison service

One thing that all of the companies listed above have in common is their major focus on technology.

It would be great to see other insurance brokerages and financial planning firms make the list next year.

To see a full list of the 100 coolest companies in Australia follow this link.