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What are your 10 Essentials? – Kim Heras


“What are your 10 Essentials?”  

This month we asked Kim Heras of PushStart what 10 things he can’t live without. First, a little about Kim:

Kim Heras

Co-Founder, PushStart.

Kim is one of the co-founders of PushStart, Kim has worked in the Australian tech startup community for over 10 years, as an entrepreneur, the former editor of The Next Web, Australia and the founder of Open Coffee Sydney – Sydney’s longest running tech startup meet-up with over 1700 members. Previously the Australia & New Zealand Community Manager for MyHeritage, Kim now mentors and invests in startups as part of PushStart, which invested in it’s first batch of startups this year.

1. iPhone 4 

Really – is there a better hardware/software platform for a mobile device out there?

PRO TIP: Hold off for the iPhone5 if you can. It’s just on 2 years since the last significant change to the iPhone, so you’d think the next one is going to be amazing.

2. TinyBeans         

As a new dad this app is an amazing record of my child’s life to date. Very much looking forward to the new milestones features soon to be released.  Made better by the fact the team were part of the PS12 PushStart Accelerator program

PRO TIP: Choose the few people who really want to see pics of your kid (parents, close friends etc.), share your album with them and never cop the backlash after posting kids pics on Facebook again.

3. Bose Quiet Comfort 2 (QC2) Noise Cancelling Headphones         

I’ve used these headphones so much I recently had to replace the ear pads because they were so worn out.

Not as cool as a pair of Beats by Dre but that’s part of the reason why I love my quiet comforts. Some say Bose is overrated and overpriced, but if you travel a lot or work in public spaces I challenge you to find something better.

PRO TIP: Make sure you grab the QC 15’s (yes they jumped to 15)  rather than the QC2’s – more comfortable (if that’s possible) and they come stock with iPhone control cable, something the 2’s miss out on.

NB: There are also the small form factor QC3’s but make sure you test them before buying. They made me feel like my brains were being sucked out my ears

4. Nespresso Pixie          

I’ve had a Nespresso machine for about 7 years and it literary changed my life.

Essentially downgraded from a much bigger machine to the Pixie last year and was the best move I’ve made. Almost instant hot water, no mess and coffee better than 95% of Sydney cafes…all in your kitchen.

PRO TIP: Avoid the limited edition flavours and stick with Arpeggio. Instant classic.

5. Piaggio Fly 125cc Silver        

Another life changing purchase.

If you live anywhere near the city getting to and from places will never be easier than on a scooter.

Parking is a breeze. You get front door parking everywhere and the lovely Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore has made it so that scooters can park anywhere for the signed parking limit without having to buy a parking ticket

PRO TIP: If you’re not riding on freeways there’s no need to get anything bigger than a 150cc scooter. That will get you up to 100km/h but is still agile enough to zip around cars…safely of course.

Safety is also getting better as the sheer volume of scooters that are now on the roads have led to drivers being more aware of our presence.

To see the rest of Kim’s essentials, checkout the full 10 Essentials page via the Semblance Systems blog!


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