Ask about Daniel Flynn
Key Points
  • Daniel Flynn is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou, a business venture he founded at just 19 years of age.
  • All profits from the sale of Thankyou products are used to provide safe access to clean water, health and sanitation programs and training and access to food aid (both short term and long term). Through the new baby range, maternal and child health programs will also be funded.  Thankyou has given over $17 million dollars to Impact. An incredible business and social enterprise success story.
  • To date, Thankyou has helped over 192,000 people with safe water access, and more than 302,000 people with health and sanitation training and facilities and has funded over 19.1 million days of immediate food aid and long-term food solutions, plus over 60,000 meals to local homeless and vulnerable people in Australia. These projects span 17 countries including Cambodia, Kenya, India, Haiti and Timor Leste.
  • Daniel was named Victorian Young Achiever of the Year in 2013 and Victorian Young Australian of the Year in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 he, along with co-founders Justine Flynn and Jarryd Burns were respectively named number 2 and then number 1 in Smart Company’s Hot 30 under 30. Daniel was named Entrepreneur of the Year, Southern Region, in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. In 2014 he was named an honoree in the Junior Chamber International 10 Young Outstanding People of The World program.
  • Daniel and his team implemented an unprecedented social media campaign with almost no budget, which ‘changed the game’ in the overcrowded FMCG space. The campaign gained 15.5 million media impressions in two weeks and resulted in Australia’s two largest retailers deciding to range Thankyou products in a timeframe that was previously unheard of in the grocery industry.
  • Thankyou now has products stocked in over 4,500 outlets across the country including Coles, Woolworths, 7-Eleven Australia, Australia Post, IGA, Foodland, FoodWorks and hundreds of independent cafes and outlets.
  • In February 2016 Thankyou launched a bold campaign to raise $1.2million dollars in 28 days to fund the future of Thankyou through the sale of a book, Chapter One. The book has sold over 50,000 copies and raised $1.44million.
  • ONExTHANKYOU - TEDx Brisbane 2014.
Topics
  • Chasing mission-critical growth & scaling purpose in an upside-down world
    The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped us all in our tracks and turned the world on its head. Most of us have had to pivot and become comfortable in uncertainty. Now, for every organisation, leader and team that’s survived, growth is mission-critical and purpose can no longer just be spoken, but must be intentionally lived out.

    At Thankyou, our own internal crisis hit a month before the world’s crisis (in its worst severity) became very real. In February 2020 we were looking at the edge of the (financial) cliff, and only a month later, local and global supply chains fell apart under what the world was experiencing. We were left with limited options - we had to go back to the culture that built us almost a decade earlier which meant making some tough decisions.

    By June we were on track for more profit than our combined 12 years of profits since we launched in 2012. But during that same time period, we watched the gap between the haves and have-nots widen, with alarming statistics circling the development sector - like over 100 million people expected to go back into extreme poverty following the pandemic and 250 million in the brink of famine - undoing years of progress within a few short months. We saw that the world needed change, and it needed to happen fast.

    By October we launched our boldest campaign in 12 years - No Small Plan - a call out to the world to flip business as usual in the pursuit of a better world. 750 media features in 35 countries and over 2.56 billion campaign impressions later, we find ourselves on the edge of a new normal.

  • The culture needed to achieve growth in continual global uncertainty

  • The culture cancer killing of growth - Ego 

  • How Emergent Strategy vs Deliberate Strategy is mission-critical to moving forward 

  • Purpose isn’t the paint on the outside, it’s the fuel on the inside that leads to the best products you’ll make, campaigns you’ll run and problems you’ll solve

  • Discovering your ‘5%’ and how unprecedented partnerships will unlock unprecedented growth in the next decade

  • The Thankyou Journey
    How to turn big dreams into reality and prove the naysayers wrong
    The Thankyou story belongs to three kids from Melbourne who started out with nothing more than a belief in their ability to change the world. With self-deprecating wit and a knack for personal reflection, Daniel describes how he used some truly unorthodox methods to overcome a path littered with obstacles and become the award-winning company it is today. He also gets to the heart of why he didn’t allow a fear of failure or the naysayers to stand in the way of his dream to make the world a better place. Daniel’s easy going presenting style is mixed with heartfelt conviction and home truths as he shares fascinating insights into the road to success. It will inspire, uplift and entertain.

  • Disruptive Marketing
    Turning everything upside down and inside out
    Daniel Flynn is a millennial on a mission: to challenge the status quo in Australia’s marketing scene. The co-founder and managing director of the award-winning social enterprise Thankyou has repeatedly harnessed social media in unconventional ways to simultaneously end world poverty and build a brand beloved by Australians today. In an age where it’s increasingly difficult to gain traction among disengaged consumers, the ever-resourceful and tech-savvy Daniel explains how he leveraged the public to become his best weapon in the company’s marketing arsenal. Ambush marketing? Maybe. Interesting? Always.

  • Leadership
    How to I lead to inspire, how I learn to succeed
    Daniel Flynn has led a life that defies convention. He dropped out of university to pursue nothing less than to “change the way the world is working” and became a company founder at the age of 19. With good humour and exceptional leadership skills, Daniel, his best mate and wife, grew Thankyou from the bottom up and successfully took on some of the world’s biggest brands in Australia’s intensely competitive retail landscape. His unrelenting belief in the vision – to make the world a more equal place – has seen the company develop a footprint that stretches across 20 countries and has delivered life-saving programs to more than 871,000 people in need. He shares insights on motivational techniques, asks what it takes to cultivate a dynamic entrepreneurial work culture, and candidly shares some of the most personal lessons he’s learnt in his business career to date.
Testimonials

Daniel is a fantastic, engaging speaker and was very pleasant to work with.   
Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide

Daniel was an incredible keynote speaker who delivered a 65 minute speech that was inspiring, relatable, interesting and dynamic every single minute.​ In the history of our staff conferences, standing ovations are very very rare and Daniel deserved all of the 850 people that stood for him. Our staff were engaged for the full session and could have listened to him all afternoon. We would recommend Daniel without hesitation to anyone considering a keynote speaker to inspire staff, encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and adapt and embrace change.
cievents

Daniel was engaging from the moment he was on stage. A perfect level of humour while delivering his important message. I received fantastic feedback from my Council and many registrants with regards to Daniel and the theme of the plenary session. Would happily offer a reference for Daniel to any potential clients.
Australasia Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

Daniel’s talk could not have been better aligned to the Waterman business values. Such a perfect fit and Daniels presentation style was unassuming and very engaging. Wonderful positive feedback from many attendees.
Bossman Media

Daniel was the hit of our show.  He will make you laugh, cry and end up having the audience on their feet from a standing ovation.
Founder
Worldz

Excellent. When you can hear a pin drop in the audience you know you have a good speaker. Daniel was terrific and we have had great feedback from our members. I hope he continues to wow the world.
The Conference Team

Very inspirational
Blue Lake & SECAV Partnerships

Daniel was one of the most inspiring speakers I have heard. Our audience was all ages and every single person was impressed with his story, presentation and overall learnings.
King Events

Daniel truly understood the objective of these events. He brought with him his entrepreneurial spirit along with his innovative business knowledge. He confidently lead the conversation and interacted with our c level guests with ease, he brought humor but more importantly his inspiring story of giving back.
Revolution 360

Fabulous speaker, you could have heard a pin drop.
City of Yarra

Perfect fit for our audience, lots of positive feedback
Connect Entertainment

Daniel was one of the keynote presenters at ADMA’s annual Global Forum conference where he delivered the most unforgettable presentation the conference has ever seen. His passion, spirit and stage presence made the audience laugh, cry and received standing ovations at the end. Daniel was the highest regarded presenter across the two days of the event. We look forward to another opportunity to have Daniel address an ADMA event in the future.
ADMA

Wonderful presentation – another speaker we would love to have him again. Inspirational and engaging individual.
REIV

Daniel's friendly nature, passion and gift for story telling had our group totally engaged.
CT Connections Totem Group

Daniel is an exceptional speaker, his story was topical, relevant and engaging, delivered in a way that captivated our audience from start to finish.
Banyule City Council 

Daniel ended our annual convention with a presentation we will never forget. As a community of speakers, we are no strangers to talent stage delivery but Daniel set a new bar. The standing ovation at the end of his session was the longest I've ever seen and seemed an almost inadequate response to the impact he had made.
National President
Professional Speakers Australia

The overwhelming feedback from all the players was that you were the best speaker that we have had into the club. So congratulations as it's a mean feat to keep the playing group engaged the whole time.
Captain 
North Melbourne Football Club

We had Daniel speak at our Annual Convention and he was nothing short of inspiring. Our group is made up of highly accomplished principals and sales people with years of experience, they can be a tough audience, but he seemed to completely capture them with his energy and conviction so much so that he was given a standing ovation. Well done and thank you.
Pittard
 
Dan Flynn delivered the wow factor to the 300+ members and invited guests at The CEO Institute Summit recently. We were expecting an insight into Thankyou’s success, but we received that and much more!. With a rating of 10 out of 10 by over 70%, those gathered were blown away by Dan's extremely entertaining and inspiring tale. As one member stated; "Dan made such an impact on me that I rushed home, gathered my family around the computer and trawled through the Thankyou.co website". The CEO Institute says; "Thank you, Dan!"
The CEO Institute

He was brilliant – everyone was enthralled… would have him back again.
Harcourts International

When speaking at a recent national partners conference for KPMG, Daniel Flynn had the audience engaged from the moment he walked on the stage. For a ‘young’ leader setting out to change the world through Thank You, he speaks with authenticity and purpose – his message is clear and memorable, he is humble, honest and very engaging.
KPMG Partner

Daniel was the talk of the conference. Having seen Daniel a few years ago at a showcase I was pleasantly surprised that he has gone from a good speaker with an inspirational story to a fantastic speaker who has a great business success story combined with an inspirational message of making a difference. He is polished and has well timed humour – we used him as our conference opening and his humble yet entertaining story had the room in a trance and set the energy levels for the day. Additionally our pre-event briefing with Daniel went really well and you could tell he was interested in who his audience was going to be and told us how he could tie his story to our business needs – I rarely leave a briefing feeling so confident! And then he NAILED IT – his tie-in messages were spot on.
I could go on and on about what I loved about Daniel’s session - Daniel was sensational and I would 100% recommend him to anyone and hope to use him again soon.
Colonial First State

WOW - several weeks after Dan story, the Travelzoo team are still talking about it. The lessons Dan shared can be immediately transferred to the business and referred back to long after his time with us. Dan participation in our offsite meeting was a perfect way to wrap up 2 days of discussion to support our core messages.
Managing Director
Travelzoo Australia

Dan was engaging and more substantively it was refreshing to see a young entrepreneur be purpose driven by nature and through his business stay true to his own personal values.  His alignment to values resonates within our industry, as we have a strong obligation to help our customers be good with their money.  Truly inspiring individual and amazing company.
Group Executive Personal Banking
NAB

Daniel was wonderful to deal with and provided an outstanding presentation. Not only was his story remarkable to hear about, but Daniel’s speaking ability is to a very high standard. He was funny, genuine and engaging – our audience were captivated by him the entire time. We wish there was more time available within our event so that he could have talked for longer. All the best to Thank you Group for your future endeavours – what an amazing thing you are doing! Well done guys and girls.
Enterprise and Training Company Limited

Thank you Daniel for being part of ASFA 2014. Your professionalism and commitment to delivering at both the Emerging Leaders’ Forum for our under 30s and the Parallel Session at our annual conference was excellent. Our delegates were truly inspired by your story and as one of our highest rated speakers this year, we hope to have the opportunity to work with you again. Congratulations.  
Director Conference
Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)

Dan’s presentation was passionate, enthusiastic and engaging. All our delegates at the conference walked away with motivation and feeling inspired. Dan was well prepared for his preparation and ensured that the message was aligned to who we are at People’s Choice and what we are aspiring to. His messages were succinct and well crafted. All of us will bear some of his messages in mind for a long long time. Having him as our closing speaker was the best decision we’ve made! Well done and we all wish Thankyou Water well and hope to continue to see Dan’s success in helping more people in the world. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone who is looking for an external speaker for their event. Thank you Dan for your story!
People's Choice Credit Union

Dan’s commitment to this social enterprise, and his selfless resolve to strive for success was an inspiration. At our recent Franchisee conference attended by approx 1800 people, we invited Dan to tell us the story of Thankyou Water. We had a number of speakers on the day and Dan was the absolute stand out.  His passion to provide safe drinking water is absolutely inspiring and he captivated the audience through the use of real life stories and powerful images.  The feedback from the audience was fantastic to say the least.
7-Eleven Australia

Daniel’s story is a source of inspiration to all. He proves that with the right will and intent, you can take a grand idea and turn it into a reality and a real success story. He has put aside his own interests, overcome many obstacles and challenges, and achieved something that is truly remarkable, for the benefit of others. A fresh, new generational thinker and leader.
Australia Post

Yet again Dan was an excellent speaker. Our students responded well to his enthusiasm and honesty and he has a natural way of making you want to jump on board with his cause. We wish Dan & Thankyou Water every success. I hope to see the bottles on the shelves of Coles & Woolies soon!
The University of Queensland

Passionate presentation; incredible persistence and perseverance to make a vision reality no matter what the difficulties and challenges.
APCO Service Stations

Dan was excellent, inspiring and very engaging with the whole audience.
UNIGAS

His presentation totally stole the show, it was so engaging and inspiring, and his contribution to the panel discussion was also invaluable. We have had really positive feedback on the event - and especially about Daniel's contribution - and on the strength of this we're planning a LIVE forum for 2016. Once again, a massive thank you.
Food & Drink Business