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 Life, business and dad joke’s three founders reminisce on Father’s Day

- September 5, 2021 3 MIN READ

It’s dad’s special day today – so we thought we would check in with three Aussie startups to find out the best advice their father ever gave them and how they would be celebrating Father’s Day… warning: dad’ jokes ahead.

Martin Herbst – CEO of JobAdder

What is the best life advice that your father has given you?
We had a family mantra growing up that I joke about now with my brother and sister: “Herbsts don’t panic.” I think my Dad only said it a couple of times but it stuck with us. The message was clear; always keep a level head, especially in a crisis.
What is the best business advice that your father has given you?
Do your research and focus on what you can control. My father, a former Wall Street banker and small business owner, always did his homework and focussed on finding value.
What advice do you want to pass onto your children?
My father urged careful listening before speaking. I coach my kids about this now.
How are you planning on celebrating Father’s Day?
We’ll probably take a bike ride and then play a game of “44 domes” at the local park. Even though our 3 boys are between the ages of 11 and 14 now, they still love being chased.
What’s your best dad joke?
What did the ocean say to the beach? Nothing, it just waved.

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Robert Francis – Australian Managing Director of eToro

What is the best life advice that your father has given you?

I thought that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a journalist but my father asked me what I was passionate about and hence why I’m now doing what I’m doing.

What is the best business advice that your father has given you?

Educate yourself by reading everything you can and to realise that you do not have all the best ideas and that by listening to others you will come up with some great ideas.

How are you planning on celebrating Father’s Day?

Unfortunately, my father is in Perth so I will not be able to celebrate Father’s Day with him due to Covid. It will be lockdown as usual.

What’s your best dad joke?

What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea!

Drew Haupt – Co-founder of WLTH

 What is the best life advice that your father has given you?

Be honest, listen and treat everyone with respect and you’ll go a long way in life.

What is the best business advice that your father has given you?

Trust your instincts

What advice do you want to pass onto your children?

I’ve watched my fair share of Cinderella with my daughter who recently turned 6. A quote from that movie which my daughter and I repeat back to each other almost daily, is ‘Have courage and be kind’

 How are you planning on celebrating Father’s Day?

I’m expecting my 3 kids to burst into my room as they do each morning around 6am. I’ll no doubt make them pancakes and if the weather’s right we’ll make our way to the beach for a few hours. We always aim to meet up with my mum and dad with the kids to celebrate later in the day. Dad’s proud to be a grandfather and I get a real kick out of seeing them all together.

What’s your best dad joke?

My kids love this one. We’ve all heard it around our dinner table a thousand times.
Why didn’t the teddy bear eat dessert?
Because it was stuffed!

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