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Will Davies — How to change the world through business

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Why you should start before you're ready

No one knows better than the Founder of Car Next Door, Will Davies, the concept of starting before you're ready. Launching as a 'lean startup' with a mission of breaking the 'One Person, One Car' mentality to reduce carbon emissions around the world, Will has learned everything he knows about business the hard way... and he wouldn't change a single thing.
Now with over 220,000 members, $34 MILLION paid to car owners, and investors on board such as Suncorp, Hyundai and Shark Tank's Steve Baxter, Will shares the invaluable lessons he learned from his business journey on this episode of The Make It Happen Show. Listen to how Will made it happen, from how he cold-called investors to get them on board, to managing the complexities of a growing team, and scaling hard and fast, there are so many pearls of wisdom in this ep. If you also want to change the world, or just change one issue affecting a small group of people, this is the podcast for you.

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"You can't hold back on exposing yourself and learning otherwise you can't scale it."

— Will Davies

In this episode, you will learn:

  • 2:32 - Speaking of improving society, that's the essence of Car Next Door. You're trying to break the paradigm of "One Person, One Car". How are you trying to make that happen?
  • 7:03 - Why carbon emissions? Why is it an area that got you to change your whole course and set a business around it?
  • 8:43 - You looked at a lot of different opportunities before you landed on car sharing. How did you land on that to address the issue?
  • 11:30 - How did you actually bring the business to be? What was the first step?
  • 18:33 - How was that experience being on Shark Tank?
  • 20:15 - You guys have raised a lot of capital, over $20M, from lots of sources like Steve Baxter and corporate investment as well. What are things you've learnt along the way from all the different types of sources?
  • 25:43 - What have been some of the biggest challenges through the growth journey?
  • 29:19 - What's this year been like and where do you see the growth of Car Next Door over the next couple of years?
  • 30:43 - Make It Happen In A Minute




Great insight for business owners and super practical takeaways!

Bruce Casanovic

Amazing guests, great insights into their journey and what has helped make their businesses successful. Great to hear how some of the guests have navigated challenge as well. Loads of good practice takeaways.

Perfect for the Monday commute


Great to listen to on the commute to work on Monday mornings. Great content, well delivered and plenty of insights from industry leaders in a variety of fields. Good to see the entourage getting out there with a podcast series

Top-shelf guests. Top-shelf conversations.


This is so awesome, so helpful, and so fresh. Right from the get-go, the team at The Entourage have brought out the big names in the Aussie entrepreneur and business space to have conversations that every business owner should listen to. I can't wait to see who they bring on next.

Amazing guests


Loved the episode with Tim Fung, Airtasker CEO! You guys are getting some awesome guests in! Thank you!

Entourage on point again!

Adz Rodger

Great content again from The Entourage! Particularly like the 1st episode and the points Tim Fung made about making sure you make time to map out the future and don't get stuck on day to day 'work', as well as the observation that you really need to be strategic about your people management and not just try to save money. Two awesome take homes I have already taken action on!

For entrepreneurs and non-trepeneurs alike


Well this was one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. I’m by no means the target demographic, having zero business or entrepreneurial experience at all. Luckily the advice given for business growth and success is remarkably applicable to personal growth and success. Loved the conversational style, by the end of the podcast I felt like I knew both Tims personally, which is a great mark of engagement. And I loved hearing about the humble beginnings of Airtasker from the founder himself. Give this a listen if you’re craving a bit of personal or professional inspiration.


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