A passionate self-starter, Jamie Green has been labelled an entrepreneur from the age of 17. Starting with his first venture (a fashion label) to his most recent creation One Night Stand, a social enterprise that will fund organizations that are tackling pressing issues of homelessness through the sale of creative sleepwear products.
Superheroism is the untouchable belief that you will change the world until the day you die”
This year Jamie received a scholarship to The School For Social Entrepreneurs in Melbourne and has started working for STREAT ending homelessness the delicious way. So far this year Jamie and his new venture have won a grant from The Awesome Foundation.
What are you working on right now?
One Night Stand is an Australian based sleepwear brand. Our model is a competitive and sustainable for profit business, distributing 100% of its profits to organisations that help address the issues of homelessness.
How do you make ideas happen?
…we are pulling all nighters designing and creating products for you to sleep on, sleep in or strip off just to make the world a better place.”
At One Night Stand we are pulling all nighters designing and creating products for you to sleep on, sleep in or strip off just to make the world a better place.
Passion and drive are two things I believe make my ideas happen, networking and finding the right people for the job are essential, you can not be the best at everything so find those who are the best and get them on board.
I live for creating things it is my hobby and it is what gets me out of bed in the morning, I will never stop. At ONS we invented a meaning for the word – “Superheroism is the untouchable belief that you will change the world until the day you die” .
What does your typical day look like?
I bolt for the tram, pull out the Ipad or smart phone and continue”
I currently work a full time job at STREAT as well as work on One Night Stand and do SSE, so I wake up super early (5:30am) quickly get ready for work, jump on the computer to check emails / social media that need attention right away and do what I can.
6:30am I bolt for the tram, pull out the Ipad or smart phone and continue to attend things for ONS or SSE.
7:00am I start my day at STREAT were we run cafes that put youth at risk or who have been homeless through a six month training program to give them life skills and employability skills to help them out of their situation.
3:30pm Back to the tram, making phone calls or responding to emails that might of built up over the day.
4 – 4:30pm get home have a 20min power nap, wake up get back into the swing of things in the office doing all things One Night Stand.
6:00pm Tell my beautiful partner Lisa how much I love her and thank her for putting up with my erratic working life style, eat dinner and continue to work with the help of Lisa.
10 – 11:00pm get dragged off the computer to bed to get some rest to do it all again tomorrow.
What challenges have you faced when starting or growing an idea in Australia?
The biggest barrier will always be maintaining working and personal relationships while keeping committed and seeing your project through all successes and failures.
What is one idea you are willing to give away for free?
Find mentors – this year with out the help of mentors who have helped me develop my Idea there is no way we would be where we are today.
What people/companies do you think are doing really cool stuff in your industry at the moment?
What role do you think businesses should play in affecting social change?
It should play the biggest role – businesses not only control markets but most the time are the ones exploiting people in third world countries making their products. I would love to see at least one big player in every industry taking on the role of a social business, setting higher standards for others to follow.
Name 3 websites you would recommend to our readers?
Name 3 Australian’s we should follow on Twitter?
Are there opportunities for people to get involved with your idea (e.g. are you looking for funding, interns, marketing help)?
Sure! we are always looking for funding, interns, marketing help, designers – but on a wider level if you just want to help go to www.onenightstandau.com and purchase a supporter Bed Tee.
Our readers are smart, creative, talented and good looking. Here’s your chance to ask them anything.
What are your main influences when buying apparel?
What’s your favourite bar/café/restaurant?
- Cafe – STREAT
- Bar – Roof Top Melbourne CBD, Curtin House
We thought it would be cool to crowdsource an annual prize to award to the interviewee’s choice (each person interviewed gets one vote) winner for the year’s best interview Are you willing to kick in a prize?
Sure we can chuck in some One Night Stand Products.