Mark Carnegie - venture capitalist & philanthropist
“Lots of business people talk about jumping ship to do philanthropy but Mike really did jump. And in the process of building SVA and Goodstart he has created two organisations that could well represent what capitalism 2.0 should be about”
Jan Owen AM - Founder CREATE, Chief Executive Foundation for Young Australians
‘As someone with two decades of experience as a social entrepreneur I knew there had to be better ways of combining business discipline and social purpose. SVA has pioneered that in this country and has become a recognised world leader in the process. Michael’s moving, humble and personal account of how and why this happened is compulsory reading for anyone who cares about social purpose.’
Chris Cuffe - Founder Australian Philanthropic Services, Chair UniSuper.
'I left a full time business career not quite knowing 'what was next' and was privileged to meet Michael at the front of that journey. He changed my life. His inspiring personal and professional story connects his work at SVA and his energy, vision and tenacity to make Goodstart the reality and powerhouse it is today. As well as the intriguing Goodstart story, the book is a practical primer for anyone who is serious about 'jumping ship' and those who care about how we can improve social outcomes in the Australia of today.'
Dr. Andrew Kuper - Founder and CEO, LeapFrog Investments, World Economic Forum Global Leader
‘Michael Traill took a giant leap, leaving a leading private equity role to pioneer social investment in Australia. He has never looked back, and his work and mission have allowed the country to look forward in a different way. Here he shares the fascinating stories of building Social Ventures Australia, saving the ABC Learning Centers and co-creating vital social institutions. The wisdom in this book also makes for a profound guide to the future — of social entrepreneurship, inclusive education and purposeful business.’
Paul Fletcher MP - Federal Member for Bradfield, Minister for Urban Infrastructure
“Michael Traill made an unusual career move – from wealthy Harvard-educated Macquarie banker to leading a non-profit organisation supporting charitable and community projects. Jumping Ship tells describes his fascinating personal journey – including a blow by blow account of putting together a multimillion dollar deal to turn failed childcare business ABC Learning into a social enterprise helping many thousands of children to get a good start in life. This is a compelling story of one man’s successful quest for meaning and purpose in his work; an insightful reflection on how social services can be delivered by non-government organisations; and a rousing call for innovation, energy and strategic clarity from government, business and the not for profit sectors in the cause of helping the vulnerable and marginalised to be full participants in Australian society.”
Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE - Founder and Chairman, Columba 1400
“Jumping Ship implies that you leave one ship and join another… in Michael Traill’s case he has brought two ships together in a most impressive and pioneering way. Michael is one of the finest and most respected international Australians whose life story is already an inspiration to so many.”
David Gonski AC - Company Chair and Director
“One of the surprising things about the Australian business landscape is that very few move from business into not-for-profit and vice versa. Michael Traill is one of those remarkable individuals who having achieved great things in banking and private equity moved to the not-for-profit to make a difference. Michael is extraordinary and someone I admire enormously. His book does justice to his story and in doing so provides us with a wonderfully inspirational and entertaining tale.”
Andrew Leigh MP - Shadow Assistant Treasurer
“From running cross-country in Morwell, Victoria to helping build Goodstart Early Learning, this is a remarkable book by one of our leading social entrepreneurs. Michael Traill’s wonderful autobiography touches on corporate culture, national politics, how to improve our education system, and the importance of friends and family. I can’t imagine any Australian who wouldn’t learn something from this wise and witty work.”
Peter Shergold - Former Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet; Chancellor, Western Sydney University
“Jumping Ship is a highly readable account of how the entrepreneurial skills of corporate Australia can be transformed into the creation of social investment for public good… just as long as someone has the capacity, drive and enthusiasm to make it happen. Michael Traill was that person. This is how he did it.”
David Albury - Director, Innovation Unit Ltd, Associate, Institute for Government and former Principal Adviser, UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
“Jumping Ship was a joy to read - which, truthfully, can seldom be said of books about social enterprise. Michael Traill powerfully interleaves the personal and the professional to guide us through a story of how his experience of private equity has been applied to support ventures that have major impact on the lives of disadvantaged children, families and communities. Combining passion, purpose and discipline, this is an important book for all those interested in scaling radical innovation to achieve significant social outcomes.”
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Wendy McCarthy AO - Social Purpose and Business Chair and Director; Disruptor and Advocate
"Michael Traill's journey from clever country boy to Harvard educated banker and social entrepreneur is a great read. His search for greater meaning and purpose gave him the courage to leave a predictable professional life and join the world of social entrepreneurs who work for the common good.
He leads Goodstart Early Learning with passion and the conviction that nations that fail to invest in the early learning of their children will entrench inequality."