Keen to hear stories about what future economies will look like? Enjoy value-based discussions about legacy? Then today’s episode of The Bond Appetit Podcast is definitely for you. In this show, I had the privilege of sitting down with Alex Blauensteiner. Alex is the General Manager of Business Innovation, Skills & Trade Development for Brisbane Marketing. He’s also a very articulate, thoughtful and community-oriented guy.
Alex is a well-rounded professional whose experiences ranges from being the managing director for Technology Reserve Europe to experiences working in Asia, Silicon Valley and beyond. His work focuses around uniting people, ideas, and capital to deliver sustainable economic and social improvements. Despite having so much career success, Alex is a grounded family man who always keeps an eye on what truly matters.
In our conversation, we dug into the following…
- What it was like to live through the dot com bust, and how not all that glitters is gold
- The benefit of looking laterally for opportunities, moving abroad, outside of career definitions, etc.
- The need for Australia to be more globally connected, business-wise
- What innovation means and why it is so critically important
- What makes Brisbane unique and special
- How Brisbane has changed and is continuing to change
- How Alex approaches preparing his kids for the future (economic-wise, and life-wise)
- The importance of downtime and how it’s lacking these days
- Generational differences as they relate to values, attitudes and definitions of success
- The value of taking risks in business, particularly when you’re young
- How to reframe stress/pressure as excitement/opportunity
- The exponential rate of technology change and what it means in terms of future economics