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Ep012 – Adir Shiffman (Chairman – Catapult Sports) on the challenges of scaling and the characteristics of fast growing startups

In episode 12 of The Startup Playbook Podcast, I interview Adir Shiffman, Chairman of Catapult Sports – the world leader in wearable athlete analytics for elite sport.

Adir has had an incredible career. Initially qualifying in medicine and practising as an MD, Adir made the switch across to becoming a startup founder and over a period of a decade launched, built and sold 3 high-growth Australian companies, including to Mortgage Choice.

Adir is now the Chairman of Catapult Sports – the world leader in wearable athlete analytics for elite sport. Catapult Sports provides their hardware and software to the elite teams in the AFL, EPL, NFL and NBA. Catapult Sports IPO’ed in December 2014 and since then has gone on to acquire 3 different companies, cementing their position as the world leader in the industry.

In this interview, Adir covers a range of topics including transitioning from MD to startups, how to find your strengths, the 3 skill that every startup needs, the challenges of scaling, why having a point of difference is important, how and when to acquire companies, the pros and cons of an IPO and getting investment from Mark Cuban.

Show notes:
Adir Shiffman on LinkedIn
Adir Shiffman on Twitter
Catapult Sports on Twitter
Catapult Sports website
Accounting for dummies
The Lean Startup
The breakthrough company
Neutrino Hunters
Einstein’s Dreams

A special thank you to Gravity Co-working space for hosting The Startup Playbook Podcast for this episode. If you are looking for a co-working space to work out of in Sydney or Melbourne, make sure you check out Gravity!

Intro music credit to Bensound.

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