#066: Young, fast and remote with Adam Stone

By Jordan Michaelides
May 15, 2018


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Adam Stone ( @AdamStone ) is an entrepreneur, Founder of Speedlancer and serial globetrotter.

The son of our former guest, Adrian Stone, Adam has been running businesses in the eCommerce and Telecomm space since the early age of twelve. His award as Australia's Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 by the Entrepreneurs' Organisation and the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 List, speaks to his constant desire to build both businesses and a lifestyle he enjoys

Speedlancer is currently the world’s fastest freelance marketplace (at least of what I could find through Google). As a regular user of Upwork to support our business infrastructure at Neuralle, I can with absolute assurance that communities of curated professionals like Speedlancer, is almost certainly where the future of work will be.

This was a great episode, unpacking the psyche of a young entrepreneur including topics such as:

  • Starting out as an entrepreneur

  • His father Adrian’s influence

  • The hustle behind the scenes

  • The advantages of freelancers over early hires

  • Distribution & pricing models

  • Speedlancer, it’s growth, customisation & incentives

  • Remote work and decentralised businesses

  • Advice for startups

Enjoy the episode! 

Show notes

00:53 - Introduction

04:10 - Gymnastic rings and why he quit

05:20 - Starting out as an entrepreneur

06:51 - How his entrepreneurial focus evolved

07:21 - His father’s influence on hard work

10:10 - The hustle behind the scenes

12:03 - Freelancers over new hires

13:45 - Lessons learnt from his parents

14:45 - Moving to USA, adapting to change

18:49 - The middle ground

21:04 - Working at McDonalds

25:48 - Distribution, pricing, Speedlancer

33:21 - Speedlancer growth & incentives

38:58 - Speedlancer: Explain Like I’m Five

40:22 - Customisation for clients

42:57 - Recruitment

45:26 - The internal workings of Speedlancer

49:04 - Issues in running a decentralised business

50:43 - Remote work resources and insurance

53:52 - Why build a remote-style business?

55:56 - What confines remote businesses?

59:59 - Judgements of young entrepreneurs

01:01:08 - The biggest waste of time for startups

01:02:37 - Worst advice for startups

01:03:28 - What he would be doing, if not Speedlancer

01:05:19 - Goals and not letting them define you

01:08:33 - Work routed in anxiety

01:10:35 - Daily routine

01:11:44 - If he had to do a TED Talk

01:12:14 - Best purchase under $200

01:12:52 - Most influential book on his life

01:13:33 - Insightful travel experience

01:14:19 - If he could have a billboard anywhere


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