by David Thodey

I was recently involved in the B20 conference in Sydney together with 400 other business leaders from all around the globe.

The B20 (Business 20) has a critical role providing a channel for business to generate ideas and advise governments about how we think economic growth can be boosted, workforce participation increased and jobs created.


by Scott McGibbony

If you’re anything like me, you love an upgrade. Whether it’s getting a free muffin with your morning coffee or being upgraded to a fancy hotel room – getting a little bit extra can brighten up a day.

We think Telstra mobile customers also deserve a little extra, which is why we are introducing our new Telstra Upgrade offer.

From today, if you sign up to a new eligible Mobile Accelerate Plan you will be able to choose between 500MB of extra data to use in Australia or $500 worth of calls and MMS for use in Australian to standards Australian numbers, each month (all eligible plans already come with unlimited SMS).

This is not just a short-term offer. If you sign up to an eligible plan the Telstra Upgrade you choose is added to your plan for the life of your contract.


by Sarah Green

In a little under 24 hours we will be announcing the winners of the 2014 Telstra M2M University Challenge. With so many teams participating this year, the range of innovative and marketable M2M solutions did make the judging process difficult; however we were able to select three teams who will fight it out for the title.

In the lead up to awards ceremony, we asked our finalist teams to tell us about the challenge and why they entered.


by Rina Nemoto (Guest)

Mesmerisingly beautiful, Rina Nemoto captivates in this breathtaking mini documentary, part of the video series created to celebrate 30 years of partnership with The Australian Ballet.

Check out Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee Rina Nemoto’s story, the third in our ballet blog series.

Hi my name is Rina Nemoto. I was born in Tokyo and started ballet when I was three.

When I was little I was always dancing, so my mum took me to a ballet studio and I loved it. When I was 15 I moved to Paris and started studies at the Centre d’art choregraphique franco-japonais. I had two years of classical ballet training with Daini Kudo and Dominique Kalfouni. Dominique is one of my favourite ballet dancers; she was an Etoile (principal dancer) of the Paris Opera Ballet and of Marseilles Ballet. I won a Prix de Lausanne in 2009 and I did an apprentice program for a year with The Royal Ballet. I joined The Australian ballet in 2011.


by Ken Taggart (Guest)

I’ve always admired Richard Branson as an entrepreneur, so when I spotted he was judging the Talent Unleashed competition, it was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass me by!

Not content with one start up competition, I’m also currently participating in the Telstra sponsored start-up accelerator program muru-D. It’s through muru-D that I’m taking my start-up, Chatty Kidz, to the next level – seeing what difference I can make to the lives of millions of children across Australia.

Chatty Kidz was born from the need to create a meaningful connection with my family around the world. The result is an app that effectively turns “iPad time” into family time, providing a platform for families and communities to stay connected through content, education and video chat.

Current contributors

David Thodey

Chief Executive Officer


Scott McGibbony


Consumer Mobility

Sarah Green

Communications Advisor

Corporate Affairs, Telstra

Rina Nemoto (Guest)

Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Finalist

The Australian Ballet