Tech Trailblazers



Years of experience doesn't equal merit

6:27PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Niki Scevak

Many people overestimate the importance of experience when judging the merit of job candidates. But there are better criteria to use. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

The government is not to blame, you are

6:21PM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 | Niki Scevak

When things go wrong for the start-up community, the government is a very easy target. But perhaps it’s time we started looking a little closer to home? BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Brains draining when it comes to covering Australian start-ups

5:49PM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Niki Scevak

Convention wisdom says that start-ups have to choose between staying in Australia or moving to Silicon Valley. The reality is very different. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Your valuation depends on your investor

4:12PM | Thursday, 26 April 2012 | Niki Scevak

What is the value of a company with no track record? The answer depends on who the potential investors are. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Silicon Valley isn't a magical kingdom

3:58PM | Thursday, 29 March 2012 | Niki Scevak

From Australia, Silicon Valley can look like the magical kingdom of start-ups. The reality, however, is far more mundane. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Predictable Fund Raising

3:37PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 | Niki Scevak

Raising funds in a predictable fashion can be hard when you’re a start-up, but if you follow these simple tips it can be done. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Becoming a metrics driven company

3:44PM | Thursday, 1 March 2012 | Niki Scevak

Becoming a metrics driven company doesn’t subtract from your creativity. In fact, if it’s done right, it can mean you add to it. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

How much experience do you need?

2:59PM | Thursday, 16 February 2012 | Niki Scevak

Some people foolishly measure experience in years, rather than achievements. NIKI SCEVAK.

Replace a sales force with a giveaway

1:42PM | Thursday, 19 January 2012 | Niki Scevak

Giving your product away for free can be one of the best marketing tools you’ll ever employ. Here's how you can do it effectively. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Tour de Startup

12:22PM | Thursday, 15 December 2011 | Niki Scevak

The time before launching a venture is one of the most romantic and exciting periods of a company's life. But the battle, like the Tour de France, is won in the alps and not the Champs-Elysees. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

The platform trap

11:35PM | Thursday, 17 November 2011 | Niki Scevak

The infinite possibilities of a platform can be an alluring trap for start-ups. But trying to launch and compete on comprehensiveness is nearly always a bad idea. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

The benefits of failing fast

11:48PM | Thursday, 3 November 2011 | Niki Scevak

Failing fast in a web start-up is fine but what you do after determines if you're a true entrepreneur or not. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Making mentoring specific

10:30PM | Thursday, 20 October 2011 | Niki Scevak

Mentors can help tremendouslY when starting up. But how do make sure you get more than a coffee from meeting them? BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Negative feedback to ignore

9:32PM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 | Niki Scevak

Creating a start-up will undoubtedly attract negative feedback from some people. Here is the stuff to ignore. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Advisor whiplash

8:59PM | Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Niki Scevak

Ask enough people for advice on your start-up and you'll inevitably get conflicting opinions. Here's a guide for how to take it all in. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

The most important legal term: Founder vesting

7:32PM | Thursday, 28 July 2011 | Niki Scevak

When you embark on your start-up path, all you can envisage is success. But if there is one thing to get absolutely right with your legal structure, it's to have founder vesting.

Keeping your start-up’s score

7:47PM | Thursday, 14 July 2011 | Niki Scevak

Ingraining a data-driven culture in your start-up is essential and need not come at the expense of creativity. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

The power of ‘no’

6:44PM | Thursday, 30 June 2011 | Niki Scevak

In business, some forms of rejection are harder to take than others. Take the nuanced ‘no’, for example. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

What should I value my company at?

6:08PM | Wednesday, 15 June 2011 | Niki Scevak

There are many ways to come up with a valuation when raising angel or venture capital and none of them rely on current financial statements. BY NIKI SCEVAK.

Why you shouldn’t raise money… yet

6:55PM | Thursday, 2 June 2011 | Niki Scevak

Your instinct to raise money for your start-up could be getting in the way of your progress. BY NIKI SCEVAK.