Podcast Episode - Matthew Bardsley - Medical Director

podcast Jul 22, 2018

In this episode, we are extremely fortunate to have Matthew Bardsley - the CEO of Medical Director - an australian healthcare technology company that has over 17,000 healthcare providers using its platform and it processes more than 70 million patient consultations every year. Matt is an amazing guy and has a 20-year track record of leadership in technology and software, 15 of which have been in health.


Matt started his career as a computer programmer, before moving on to develop medical imaging technology used in radiology. In 1999, at just 26, he founded medical software company Digital Diagnostic Imaging (DDI) Health, which provided digital solutions for accessing high-quality diagnostic images of patients. Following a fifteen-year role as a Chief Information Officer in healthcare, Matt was appointed MedicalDirector’s CEO in 2016.

Matt shares his views on leadership, building a vision and managing culture in a high growth corporate environment. He also shares his...

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Why Founder Fitness Is Cruicial To Driving Commercial Success

founders startups Jul 22, 2018

Approximately 3 startups are founded every minute - “startup” is definitely the new black. The barriers to entry are low - pretty much anyone with a laptop and an idea can start a business. This democratisation of entrepreneurship has produced some amazing results - everything from ride sharing, food delivery to electric cars - and our society and our economy are better for it. Yet, increasingly we are seeing a darker side - with entrepreneurs being unprepared for the physical, mental and emotional stresses of putting it all on the line for their business.

Whilst it may look like it from the outside, founding a startup isn’t an easy task. Failure rates for startups are extremely high - as many as 92% of startups fail within the first three years. This is a natural part of the process - yet these failure rates are not only having an impact on investors, they are having an impact on the entrepreneurs themselves. According to a UC Berkley study, entrepreneurs are...

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Osher Günsberg Podcast

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2018



I was recently on Osher’s podcast. This is a great interview where we discuss my views on what makes a great founder, dealing with stress and developing a morning routine.

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There has to be a better way

startups Mar 06, 2018

Over the past 20 years I have founded and funded numerous technology startups. During that time I have seen a clear pattern emerging: startup failure has become an accepted industry norm, and it has an impact that reaches far beyond financial loss to investors. Having experienced my own journey of failure as a founder more than once, I have felt the very real, deep, personal impact of that failure on me, my family and my colleagues.

As I sat at home, licking my wounds from my most recent startup failure, a thought took hold — and it soon became an obsession for me. I started talking to founders, and what they shared with me didn’t surprise me at all. Many of the first-time founders I spoke to were lost, with no map to guide them; even the more experienced founders, burnt out or stressed out, felt alone, isolated, with nowhere to turn for support.

I quickly discovered that startup failure is ingrained in the eco system. Concepts such as ‘fail fast’,...

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