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The Inner Chief

Apr 3, 2024

“Yeah, it was brutal, a very, very difficult period of my life. I’d hired a lot of people who didn't have technology experience. What I actually did was I set them and the business up for failure.”


This is a special episode only available to our podcast subscribers, which we call The Mini Chief. These are short, sharp highlights from our fabulous CEO guests, where you get a 5 to 10 minute snapshot from their full episode.

This Mini Chief episode features Jeremy Hastings, Founder & Managing Director of both Hutly and Bondable.

His full episode is titled Being fired from his own company and successfully returning to transform the real estate industry after working on his inner chief.

You can find the full audio and show notes here:

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After a career in mining at Rio Tinto, Jeremy experienced his first business success through a gelato shop, which sold 16 tonnes in its second year.

Following an unsavoury experience with a crooked real estate agent, Jeremy made it his life’s mission to leverage technology to power a more positive, transparent, and human-centred real estate industry, creating Hutly as the world’s only Living Contracts platform and a place where all parties can transact real estate with trust.

He is also the founder of Bondable, Australia’s first subscription-based residential bond service, which launched in 2024.

Jeremy went to the University of Canberra, where he studied a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Management. He also has three postgraduate qualifications – a Graduate Certificate in Community Relations (Resources Sector) from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Mining Engineering from UNSW and a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne.


In the full episode we talk about: 

✅  How an accidental guinea pig brood was seven-year-old Jeremy’s first foray into entrepreneurship

✅  Successfully negotiating the rights to IP he created at Rio Tinto, that he wanted to commercialise after leaving the mining giant

✅  Being fired as CEO from his own company, and returning after working deeply on his inner chief where he is now transforming the real estate industry, and

✅  Recognising that there are different types of CEO that are suited to the various stages of a business.


Deal hope,



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You can connect with Jeremy via LinkedIn.

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