Why we avoided big customers and growth for three years

4:21PM | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Real estate CRM provider Rex Software launched in 2010, but didn’t hit their marketing stride for three years, putting product above profitability to ensure long term growth.

Growth  | Growth Strategy

Scalability issues forces home delivery dinner startup to give into the sweeter side of their business

4:14PM | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Your Fork, a startup schilling diverse, home-cooked meals, has pivoted to focus on delivery of exotic sweets and treats.

 | Growth Strategy

Why Australian incubators are chasing the corporate dollar

4:10PM | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Rose Powell

The nexus between established enterprises hungry for innovation and startup approaches, such as agile development, is potentially very lucrative.

 | Innovation

Innovation could add $6 billion to the economy but we need look beyond startups: Microsoft report

4:00AM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Microsoft has today released a report to call for urgent review of how the Australian innovation ecosystem works in order to make the most of the burgeoning tech innovation movement.

 | Innovation  | Technology

Is another tech wreck coming? Some insights from Netslaves author Bill Lessard

4:59PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

During the ‘90s tech boom, author and web pioneer Bill Lessard documented the worst excesses of the web. With some commentators predicting another tech wreck, Lessard shares some critical lessons from the golden age of Silicon Valley.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Atlassian pledges $35 million to charity: Founders call on entrepreneurs to do more

4:39PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Cara Waters

With Atlassian’s latest share sale valuing it at $US3.3 billion the Australian software company has pledged $35 million to charity.

 | Growth

Apple partnership helps app development startup pass a million downloads

4:11PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney-based educational app developer Shiny Things has passed a million app downloads since launching two years ago.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Taskmaster versus the futurologists

4:00PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Taskmaster

From time to time, when journalists are doing a story on tech – be it in print, on TV or on the radio – they’ll wheel out a futurologist. The Taskmaster remains a sceptic.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Innovation

National INCUBATE university accelerator program to pitch at Google Demo Day

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Fifteen early-stage startups manned by students from four universities will pitch at the National Demo Day for the INCUBATE program during a Google for Entrepreneurs event today.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business advice and education

Best of the Web: The collapse of Better Place; The 25-year-old CEO of Lonely Planet; Twitter co-founder tells all

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Cara Waters

The collapse last year of Better Place, the electric car company based in Melbourne and Israel is a “21st century cautionary tale”, according to Max Chafkin writing in FastCompany.

 | Growth

The long-term view is the secret to Atlassian’s success

4:43PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Cara Waters

Atlassian’s $US150 million ($A159m) share sale announced yesterday has rocketed co-founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes into Australia’s billionaire rankings.

 | Growth

Private equity-backed IPOs outperform the broader market: Study

4:26PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | StartupSmart

A new study has found initial public offerings backed by private equity funds fare better and outperform comparable non PE-backed IPOs in both short-term and long-term goals.

 | Growth

Major startup conference SydStart postponed: Here’s why

4:01PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Leading startup community event SydStart has been postponed for community and financial reasons, leaving many with tickets booked to Sydney and scrambling to make new plans.

 | Growth

Leading tech alliance calls for urgent action to unfreeze Commercialisation Australia

4:47AM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | StartupSmart

The Australian Information Industry Association has written an open letter raising urgent concerns about the freezing of Commercialisation Australia to Minister for Industry Ian MacFarlane and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

 | Growth  | Innovation

You’re never too far from destitution even after huge success: Pandora founder

4:29PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Pandora founder Tim Westergren tells the story of when he was being wooed by some high flying investment bankers who wanted to be involved in the company’s next raise.

 | Start-up Profiles  | Sole trader

Victorian state government to invest $40 million in mobile blackspots, free Wi-Fi on country trains

4:19PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has announced a new policy that will see the state government fix mobile phone blackspots, while providing free Wi-Fi to passengers on several key V/Line train services.

 | Innovation

15-week MOOC for global entrepreneurship training launches

4:16PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Taylor’s University has launched a 15-week massive open online course (MOOC) to equip students to build and fund their own companies.

 | Business advice and education

VIDEO: How I validated my startup idea: Edwin Onggo from GiggedIn

4:47PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Even a brilliantly creative idea is not enough on its own to build a booming startup. The first major challenge many founder fails at is validating their idea.

 | Growth

Pet price comparison app launches to disrupt booming industry

4:23PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Man’s best friend may also be one of man’s best business opportunities, with another startup targeting the pet industry re-launching this week.

 | Growth  | Start-up Profiles

Why I stepped aside as CEO of my 10-year-old tech business after we took investment

4:25AM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

It took 10 years of running his email startup as a lifestyle business before Ben Duncan decided he was ready take his business to the next level, raising millions in external capital and replacing himself as CEO.

 | Work/life balance  | Sell a business  | Technology  | Leadership  | Management