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Australia’s skills shortage makes it Elance-oDesk’s top hiring country

5:14AM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Australia is the top hiring country on Elance-oDesk per capita, a phenomenon in part explained by a local shortage of programmers with businesses turning to overseas contractors to make up the deficit.

What two years have taught me about pitching for investment

4:45PM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Rethinking how you approach presentations can make a big difference to investment outcomes.

Pozible launches in China, smashing crowdfunding records in under a minute

4:52PM | Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible has launched in China with its first campaign reaching its target of 10,000 Chinese yuan within minutes of launching, raising a final amount of 464,602 Chinese yuan.

From mining engineer to Silicon Valley-based tech startup CTO: How and why I learnt to code

4:19PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

He may be based in New York as a chief technology officer now, but four years ago this startup cofounder was out in Western Australia on a mine site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From broken back to breakthrough global product: a local manufacturing startup’s story

3:44PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

When Alex John fractured his back on a home-made waterslide, he thought his life as he knew it could well be over.

How we worked out we needed to pivot from software to service

3:44PM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Rose Powell

LiveChatMonitoring has been growing rapidly, 25% month on month off a strong base, since pivoting and relaunching their business in 2013.

When your first idea is over: Sidekicker on the pressures of pivoting

3:18AM | Friday, 21 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Abandoning the idea you started with to focus on what your customers are really after sounds like a no-brainer, but for many entrepreneurs it’s far from easy.

Founders debate focus and the benefits of bootstrapping

3:56PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Envato co-founder Cyan Ta’eed and The Fetch founder Kate Kendall are both pro-bootstrapping after growing their businesses without it.

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.

Collaborating with other businesses can build your bottom line

3:47AM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Nina Hendy

Mutually beneficial business collaborations can be a crucial growth tool for cash-strapped startups and small business owners.

Two things I’ve learned working in a rapidly scaling tech start-up in the US

3:01PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Jack Aldridge has been working with US enterprise uShip since it was a start-up and says he’s learned a lot as the company has taken off.

Social media community for seniors takes off: Founder shares her business model plans

3:05PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Traffic for Starts at 60 is growing almost 10% month-on-month and bringing together thousands of older people keen for connection and targeted content.

Music wasn’t better back in the day – and neither was life!

3:41PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you holding off on building your dreams for the future because of a misguided idealism about the past? The Taskmaster says it’s time to take off those nostalgia goggles.

Brisbane’s visiting entrepreneur from Silicon Valley on why Australia must get over our fear of failure

3:53PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Australia needs to get over its fear of failure – and fast, says Adrian Turner, chief executive of Silicon Valley mobile and smart device security company Mocana.

Australia’s oldest start-up incubator Pollenizer turns six: How it’s evolved

3:21AM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Pollenizer is a cornerstone of the Australian start-up ecosystem and like any start-up they’ve been evolving constantly.

Making lazy millions and are you happy or just app-y?: Best of the Web reads

2:23AM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Lazy doesn’t have to be a dirty word. In fact, laziness can be a driver to success and early retirement.

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