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RHYS HAYES

Co-Founder, Digital Director
A country boy at heart (a running joke his friends), Rhys has lived right in the heart of the city for most of his adult life. He started his first business in primary school, selling horse manure door to door in South Melbourne from the farm he grew up on. Rhys went on to set up IE Agency when he was 21. Since then he’s also founded Next Frontier, Promotonic Labs and Project Lead. Today his focus is on consolidating his digital interests and developing his passion for start-ups through his firm The Private Office.

Home is?
Spring Street, Melbourne

What do you do? 
Serial entrepreneur by trade and by passion

Talent you’d most like to have? 
Patience. I’ve always thought I was more productive because I was impatient (turns out this isn’t true).

Every man should own?
A vintage Omega

You’re a successful entrepreneur and involved in the start up scene – Tell us two great business books we should read?
The Lean start up and The Art of the Start

You’re a regular on the public speaking scene, what are your top tips in preparing for each presentation?
• Understand the audience and to find your narrative
• Open with humor and make one profound point as that’s the only thing your audience will remember

Worth fighting for?
Exceptional talent in others

Favourite hour of the day? And why?
6am for its tranquility and its stillness

People are surprised that?
I enjoy spending time at Ashrams (Occasionally)

What’s your vice?
Hendricks martini and a dozen oysters (you can’t beat timeless classics)

  • YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL FROM A TO B IN STYLE. WHO'S YOUR DRIVER?
  • I frequently call upon John from Prestige Chauffeurs. He's the very best and always on time.