My Best Mistake
Jono Birkett has been exploring start-ups for years. He reckons he’s learned many of the biggest lessons the hard way after his first two ventures spluttered and died when the cash ran out.
Food Orbit, a platform connecting farmers to chefs, launched earlier this year and has been growing ever since.
After years of musing and months of planning, Ed Onggo’s first call to a potential customer about his crowdsourced ticketing platform went incredibly badly.
What would happen if your business organised an event and no-one showed up? That was the situation confronting Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin – here’s how he dealt with it.
Amanda Bennetts enjoyed rapid success when she jumped into her niche boots business. However, some early hiccups showed her the value in finding a mentor to help out along the way.
Building a brand in the highly competitive anti-ageing industry is no easy feat. As Luminiere founder Cameron Fancourt discovered, it’s important to have realistic timeframes in order to avoid delays.
Sustainability is a motivating force for many start-ups. But as Polli founders Tess Lloyd and Maja Rose found out, growing an environmentally-sound business can pose some challenges.
Social enterprises are an increasingly popular option for entrepreneurs keen to make a difference. However, as Thankyou Water founder Daniel Flynn discovered, even the most important social projects need capital to get started.
Some entrepreneurs say they knew from an early age they were destined to start their own business. But for RecruitLoop co-founder Paul Slezak, the revelation came after 15 years in the corporate world.
Cider has given the Barton brothers a profitable fizz. However, the Chilli Marketing founders had to learn some sour lessons about the value of cashflow first.
Alec Lynch pondered his design crowdsourcing idea for a year, in which time a rival started and secured $3 million in funding. Lynch explains how he learned that start-ups have a need for speed.
Many entrepreneurs fear they’ll run out of stock. However, as Anything Baby founder Sharon Fong discovered, overstocking can be just as costly.
SumoSalad has shaken up the market by bringing healthy options to Australian food courts. However, as co-founders Luke Baylis and James Miller discovered, reshaping an established industry can be a challenge.
Ambition and determination are important to have in business. But as Living Environs founder Sam Keats discovered, the will to succeed counts for little if you don’t have enough capital.
Over the past decades, China has become the manufacturing hub of the world. However, as jewellery designer Amber Sceats discovered, sometimes Chinese suppliers aren’t the best option.
When you’re building a business, it can be tempting to sell to anyone who is willing to buy. But as Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell discovered, not all customers are right for your business. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
Fred Schebesta had a clear vision when he launched Finder.com.au. However, when growing traffic failed to convert into increased sales, he had to refine his business plan. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
PJ’s Steaks owner PJ Chang scoured the globe for the perfect location for his all-American restaurant. Along the way, start-up costs and compliance issues proved to be a real challenge. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
Stan Gordon built the Franchised Food Company after migrating from South Africa. Along the way, he learnt a valuable lesson about the Australian market. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
A robbery is a tough hurdle for any business to overcome. However, for Screenwise founder Denise Roberts, the experience taught her a vital lesson about communication. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.