The Adaptables: Stories of Pivoting in a Pandemic hosted by Sarah Davidson

Sep 07 2020 | PayPal editorial staff | 5 min read

Businesses around the world have been forced to pivot their strategies quickly due to the recent pandemic. Sarah Davidson spoke with some Aussie small businesses about their stories.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade...”

In a time where pivoting has become more powerful than ever, we are excited to launch our podcast miniseries, ‘The Adaptables’ hosted by Sarah Davidson. Tune in for inspiring stories from Aussie small business owners who have not only adapted to survive, but to thrive.

To kick the series off, we hear from Sarah herself on how these uncertain times has affected her two innovative businesses, Matcha Maiden and Matcha Mylkbar.

Episode 1: Sarah Davidson x Matcha Mylkbar


Episode 2: Jeremy Fleming x StageKings

In this episode, we speak to Jeremy Fleming, co-founder of StageKings, a theatrical set building company from Sydney’s south. While Jeremy usually provides themed stages and corporate event stages, the outbreak of COVID-19 brought his entire industry to a halt. Listen to Jeremy’s and StageKings’ inspiring journey of how they pivoted in the pandemic.

Episode 3: Luke Stone x Herbivore Florals

You might have heard of chef extraordinaire, Curtis Stone – well, Lucas is his equally successful brother, building Herbivore Florals into a booming floral design business in Melbourne for the past 20 years. With the outbreak of COVID19, airline contracts dried up along with all of Lucas’ work in events and weddings.

Episode 4: Merna Taouk x Crumpets by Merna & Pierre Issa x Pepe Saya

Crumpets by Merna is based and baked in Sydney, with a philosophy for using the best quality local ingredients and working closely with Australian farmers and producers to achieve this. Their products are served at cafes, restaurants and can also be purchased online for food lovers across Sydney and beyond. With restaurants and cafes closed, Merna quickly realized their online sales needed to increase in order to survive the pandemic.

Episode 5: Kim Teo x Mr Yum

Melbourne-based start-up Mr Yum started as a free online platform that showed customers what their meal would look like before they ordered it. They evolved to provide an in-venue ordering, takeaway and delivery platform, but then COVID-19 completely removed the ability to dine-in at restaurants and forced everyone to eat at home.

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