Meet Our Curious Mentor, Gauri Bhalla

Gauri Bhalla, is a Remarkable mentor who lends her time, expertise and enthusiasm to our startups and the Remarkable team. Gauri loves learning and helping others think differently. She has worked in Universities in the UK, US and Australia. She is the Founder of the Curious Collective which helps people in companies build skills for the future of work. Those skills include curiosity, diversity of thinking, empathy, and foundational toolkits like design thinking and lean start up.

Here’s a little more about Gauri and her Remarkable experience.

What are your core areas of expertise, particularly when it comes to mentoring for Remarkable?

Identifying customer needs and jobs to be done. Asking good questions. Listening and being able to judge how much capability/capacity the team has to learn and take action.

What inspired you become a mentor for Remarkable?

The Remarkable team made me do it! They are inspiring and gave me the confidence to believe I could be of use to a team.

Do you work with any other accelerator programs or startups? How is Remarkable different?

Yes. I teach on lots of programs – Remarkable is different because of the sense of purpose – what we are doing really matters, not just creating another app to make people rich…and the care for founders and clients is genuine and embedded in everything.

Are there any parts of the accelerator program that you particularly enjoy?

I’m a lead mentor for Spacee – I look forward to Thursday mornings each week when we meet Madi and Tom to learn from them and see how we can effectively help with contacts, encouragement, a different perspective.

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?

I love learning from people and experiences, so I run a lot of experiments and meet as diverse a range of people as I can, with an open mind. I teach at The School of Life, and love how people and sessions there always stretch my thinking. I still think the business model canvas is the most elegant, useful tool for business thinking – I use it constantly to test ideas and unpack businesses.

We’d love to hear your advice for the teams. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your work life that you would like to pass on to the startups?

I love this quote because it speaks to our ability to constantly evolve and the surrender to discomfort to enable our potential.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” (Lao Tzu)


Two Minutes with Thomas Gourgand, Co-Founder of Spacee

Thomas Gourgand, Co-Founder of Spacee

We sat down with Thomas, the Co-Founder of Spacee to find out more about his startup and his Remarkable experience so far.

Spacee is an online platform that links the supply and demand of accessible accommodation and workplaces.

What inspired you to start this?

Madeleine (Madi), CEO, came up with the idea after more than six years working in the care industry. The original idea was to link people with disability to specialist housing but this quickly grew to the general housing market in order to democratise accessibility.

how did you get involved?

I knew Madi’s family before I moved from France to Australia but we met properly once I arrived in 2015. Madi and I worked on our first startup for more than a year but we realised that only a scalable tech solution would enable us to create the business we dreamed of. In early 2017, we met in a cafe to talk about a new idea Madi had. The idea was an online listing platform for specialist disability accommodation. Once I’d heard about the thousands of kids being placed in aged care because of the fact that they couldn’t find any accessible homes, I was on board. Since then, the idea has evolved into a scalable platform that includes every accessible property.

What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building Spacee and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this?

Our main challenge is to change the perception of accessibility within the real estate market. Remarkable and its partners can help us with shifting this perception in Australia and around the world.

What parts of the Remarkable accelerator are you most looking forward to? Are there any parts of the program that you’re nervous about?

Sales and Investability are important factors that we need to master and Demo Day is the part I’m most nervous about for us but we can handle it!

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend to others?

I would recommend “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel; “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and “ColdFusion”, an Australian Youtuber focusing on the latest tech trends and company stories. TechCrunch and The Verge are also good online publishers.