Start-up Profiles



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.

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.

Startup founder’s struggle inspires initiative to help troubled teens

4:44PM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Rose Powell

When Jamie Druitt’s wife left him several years ago, he desperately wanted to speak to other people who had been through the same thing. From that moment of pain, an online platform for teenagers struggling with mental health challenges was born.

How this app creator used user-experience design to cook up a chart-topping app

4:08PM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

We’ve all heard of design by accident, but cooking app founder Jodie Moule can go one more and claim a successful app by design accident.

How CareMonkey emerged from a moment of parental panic: Startups are Scary series

3:00AM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

CareMonkey co-founder Troy Westley, had worked in IT roles for decades, and spent the better part plotting his escape to launch his own business.

Disrupting market research with a crowd gathered from Facebook

3:11PM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The idea for Daniel Martin’s second startup emerged from the conversations he kept having with the clients of his first startup.

Top five tips for startup success from Eventbrite founders

3:51PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Kevin and Julia Hartz had just got engaged when they decided to tackle the frustrating world of ticketing, launching a rough and ready online platform in 2006 called Eventbrite.

“I lost a very dear friend, but I think it was the right decision for the company”: Tyro in Start-ups are Scary

3:00AM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Disrupting the Australian banking industry was never going to be easy. It took Tyro over $30 million in capital and a founder break-up to get there.

On risk and competition: Why I’m launching a business in a crowded marketplace

3:39PM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The issues of Qantas and Virgin might be hogging headlines at the top end of town, but Australian start-up Skybid is looking to shake things up further down the travel industry food chain.

Taking the pain from bookkeeping – Follow the Founder series

2:10PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Tim Stroh has always recognised that bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses is a pain and drain.

Corporate legal world held no attraction for LegalVision's Lachlan McKnight – Follow the Founder series

2:04PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

After working as a corporate lawyer in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia, Lachlan McKnight couldn’t see the attraction of spending 10 to 15 years climbing the company ladder to reach the top.

Course provider platform WeTeachMe provides lesson in growth – Follow the Founder

2:52PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Since launching just over a year ago, learning courses marketplace start-up WeTeachMe has already attracted over 10,000 courses to list on its platform.

Start-ups are Scary: Bigcommerce founders on overcoming their fear of raising capital

2:00AM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Bigcommerce has a team of 300 and has raised $75 million to fuel its ambitious growth plans. But to reach any of these goals, its founders had to overcome their fear of raising capital.

LabFriend takes on laboratory supplies heavyweights

2:07PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Disrupting a well-established industry like laboratory supplies has made LabFriend unpopular with its competitors.

Trademark troubles and the day Adobe went after Envato: Start-ups are Scary series

2:00AM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Rose Powell

When two-year-old Envato received a firmly worded legal letter from tech juggernaut Adobe in 2009, the team thought their business was over.

Taking romance offline: New online social club for singles brings back the Woo! factor

2:16PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Just in time for Valentine’s Day on Friday comes a new website that wants to bring some old-fashioned romance back to the dating scene.

Cooking up a new way to deliver a kitchen renovation: 2Crates aims to heat up multi-billion dollar market

2:30PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

He may not have got into Telstra-back accelerator muru-D, but Alan Dee, the founder and chief executive of online kitchen design site 2Crates, isn’t taking it personally.

They aren’t dads yet but Rozibaby founders are pushing forward with their prams

2:12PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

They don’t have kids themselves but that didn’t stop Rosh Ghadamian and Tahir Baig from jumping into the pram business.

An entrepreneurial confidence crisis before success: Start-ups are Scary series

2:24AM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Rose Powell

After building and selling a telco company in just two years, Roshan Mahanama had a bit of an identity crisis when his next two start-ups struggled to get any traction.

OneShift set for New Zealand market after less than two years running

2:16PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Online recruitment business OneShift has launched in New Zealand today, after less than two years in operation in Australia.