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The Inner Chief

Jun 11, 2024

β€œThere's no faster way to learn than to do. And the beauty of VR is that it allows you to learn through experience without the physical or emotional risk.”

In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, I speak to Angus Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Start Beyond on taking learning by experience to new frontiers, putting guardrails on innovation, and creating useful technology for tangible real-world problems.

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Angus is the CEO and Co-Founder of VR and AR studio, Start Beyond, which was named in the Top 10 2023 AFR Most Innovative Tech Companies as well as in the Top 20 Australian Startup Employers.

They’ve delivered more than 1.2million AR and VR learning experiences and work with the likes of Accenture and Meta, as well as US-based VR software giant, Strivr, and Australian companies like Westpac, University of Technology Sydney, St John’s Ambulance, and Woolworths.

Angus started out in writing, directing and producing television, documentaries, theatre and short films for Southern Cross Austereo and Nova, working with artists such as Bob Geldof, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

He was named a 2023 Australian Top 50 Small Business Leader, and is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Australian Metaverse Advisory Council (AMAC), and is also a recent first-time author, having released Viewer Discretion Advised in 2023.

In this episode we talk about:

βœ…  The pioneering work he did in radio a decade ago by bringing a visual element to a live broadcast

βœ…  Recognising when to act on the tension between gaining enough experience and launching his own business

βœ…  How he has taken learning by experience to stratospheric heights while putting guardrails on innovation, and

βœ…  His thoughts on where education is going to be in 10 years’ time.

Deal hope,



Thanks to Sam Dybac and her team at The PR Hub for introducing us to Angus.


Connecting with Angus Stevens

You can connect with Angus via LinkedIn and the Start Beyond website.

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