Why Tara Callinan stayed in Silicon Valley to work in one of Australia’s best startups

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On today’s show, we hear how Wiradjuri woman, Tara Callinan from Dubbo, joined one of Australia’s fastest growing and successful startups in Silicon Valley and what you can learn from working in a startup.


  • “You’ve got to work hard for the rewards. You’re not going to get what you want by sitting around and doing nothing.”
  • “Learning on the go and learning from other people I think is very important. You can learn so much from someone that’s next to you, if you just stop and ask them what do you do in your day and help it can help me in my role.”
  • “You need to learn how to fend for yourself, get out of home and learn how to take care of yourself. Be an adult.”
  • “The best way to learn is to be thrown in the deep end and that’s happen to me time-and-time again and I’ve screwed up real bad but there the best ways to learn. You overcome that and it doesn’t happen again, but it makes you a better person and professional because of it.”

Show Notes

  • How a girl from Dubbo ended up in Silicon Valley and joined one of Australia’s best startups in America. [0:50]
  • Why Tara stayed in Silicon Valley. [1:50]
  • Learnings from a tech startup founder. [4:30]
  • How First Nations people have a massive competitive advantage in business. [5:50]
  • Biggest achievement and challenges in business so far. [7:00]
  • Tara talks about the mentors who have helped her in Silicon Valley. [9:10]
  • Takeaway advice for the Indigipreneurs listening. [10:36]
  • How Tara develop her entrepreneurial and “go-getter” mindset, which has helped her become successful in her career. [11:33]
  • How we can create startup hubs in First Nations communities to create opportunities. [14:30]
  • Some challenges in First Nations communities and how kids in Silicon Valley are born with technology in their hands. [17:00]
  • Key skills and knowledge Indigipreneurs need to be successful in entrepreneurship and their respective career aspirations. [18:33]
  • The book you need to read to build the next Amazon or Facebook. [20:20]
  • How First Nations entrepreneurs are getting left behind in mainstream programs. [21:15]
  • Why you should start big instead of starting small. [23:40]

Must Read Book

  • Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan and‎ Dave Peterson

That concludes today episode of Indigipreneur. If you would like to know more about Tara, please connect on social media or visit the startup’s website that she is working in –> https://www.accelo.com/

This episode was brought to you by Vasudhara Foundation. Vasudhara Foundation supports social entrepreneurs to build creative and innovative projects that deliver positive social impact. In addition to their philanthropic work, they manage private investment portfolio which generates the resources to fund the social projects they love. Feel free to get in touch with them at [email protected] or visit their website www.vasudhara.org/home