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Over the coming weeks, I will have the pleasure of sitting down with many of Australia’s leading FinTech CEOs. Each will be discussing the specific vertical of Financial Services they are looking at and share their insights.

For the first interview in this series, I sat down with the CEO of GROW Super, Josh Wilson, to discuss the stream of innovation that is occurring in the Superannuation vertical.

Lisbon has been the most livable country thus far on my Remote Year journey. There are so many parallels to San Francisco, the city that I call home. I like to call Lisbon “The city by the river”, I was fortunate to live close to the water and had views of Lisbon’s own Golden Gate Bridge. The vibes are happy and relaxed like many other countries along the Iberian Peninsula, but there is also a bustling start-up scene.

Over the past 3 months, one of the most watched sporting events has been unfolding in Europe without almost any reporting in Australia whatsoever (much to my frustration). This of course, has been the Rugby Union Six Nations - an annual tournament where the national rugby teams from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland, square off in the ultimate of sporting battles. Much to my delight, England emerged victorious.

In the beginning

There I was, in Sussex, with an approved visa and my 3 bed semi expertly packed into a shipping container that would land in Sydney in 53 days. That hit me. 53 days is a long time, Sydney is far away. As the fumigation bomb went off inside the container, the ‘there's no going back now' thought went off in my head. The upcoming flight with two children under three was reminiscent of giving birth to my first; it took 30 hours, at points I thought I was going to die, but I made it through. And in this case the end result was landing at Sydney's Kingsford Smith.

500 Startups is a global early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai in 2010.

500 is the most active early-stage venture firm and have invested in a wide variety of technology startups all over the world, currently over 1,600 companies since their inception in 2010 including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by GOOG), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten). The 500 team of 130 people manage seed investments in 50 countries.

I am very fortunate and excited to be on a remote working journey where I live in 12 different cities across Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America and South America over the next year. There are 75 of us “remotes” traveling together from all different parts of the world, with all kinds of employment, on a program called Remote Year. The first stop was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was the perfect place to begin my journey. It is a big city with many cool cafes, co-working spaces, and provided an excellent introduction to different Asian cultures and cuisines.

In the ever-growing and unrelenting hustle of work and life, it is more important than ever to work on the tools required to cope with stress and build mindfulness into our lives. In our line of work we come across a number of health technology products and solutions that exist to solve this problem, the most impressive to date we feel is Smiling Mind which is why we are incredibly excited to be partnering with them in a pro-bono capacity to find their next product owner.

For many women in the workforce the balance on demands between family and work are difficult. I feel that the world of recruiting brings a whole new level to the balance given the timing and demands of the position. Having only heard about how tough it was to balance motherhood and recruiting; I only recently did I experience it for myself as my first child came into the world. I wanted to share some of my personal experiences in hopes that others may learn, make decisions, or perhaps be inspired to make the right decisions for themselves about how to tackle motherhood and work.

I first heard about the ‘Best In First Out’ philosophy while researching a presentation I recently conducted on sourcing. I found the concept interesting and thought it could benefit my peers, but as it was a little off topic so I decided it didn’t quite fit my presentation. I now have this platform to discuss my findings and thoughts on the concept