Growth Strategy



Pop goes the start-up

7:13PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Many web start-ups are opening temporary physical stores to boost their profile and sales. While traditional retail is in decline, pop-up shops are bucking the trend. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Social Startup 48 looking to unearth social entrepreneurs

7:48PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new start-up organisation is marketing itself as a genuine alternative to its tech-heavy competitors, running events whereby entrepreneurs build start-ups with a positive social impact.

Make your improved version smaller, not bigger

7:12PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Taskmaster

At Taskmaster Enterprises, we've just reduced the size of our flagship product. Here’s why your business should do the same.

Buffett awards Berkshire Hathaway stock to young entrepreneurs

7:05PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Billionaire speculator Warren Buffett has given away $13,000 worth of highly-prized shares in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, to a group of budding entrepreneurs aged under 16.

10 top start-up competitions to check out

7:33PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Increasingly, investors keen for a return are using competitons to determine which start-ups should receive funding. If you’re hunting for funding, here are the 10 big competitions you must be familiar with. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Ready Steady Go Kids sells first foreign franchise

7:12PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Adelaide-based exercise franchise Ready Steady Go Kids is planning to enter the New Zealand market and expand further into Asia, after selling its first international franchise in Singapore.

Australian consumers will spend 12% more for good service, survey shows

7:21PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian consumers are willing to spend an average 12% more for excellent service, according to an American Express report, but 40% of consumers say Australian businesses miss the mark.

Spotify strikes the right start-up notes

7:54PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s been just two months since the Spotify music service launched in Australia. Its Australian managing director, Kate Vale, shares the secrets of this start-up’s success. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Five key ways to reduce your business’ energy bills

7:12PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The carbon tax is here, along with the opportunity to slash your tax bill by becoming more energy efficient. Here are five great ways to slash your energy bills, along with your carbon footprint. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Start-up gets Catch of the Day investment just months after launch

7:00AM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Daily deals business Catch Of The Day Group has revealed it is to target the mothering niche with a new site, called, after investing in the two founders of Ladybub, which was launched just a few months ago.

Shopify launches $200,000 Build-A-Business competition

7:47PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Shopify has launched its annual Build-A-Business competition, offering $200,000 to winners, with Australian entrepreneurs expected to fare well following last year’s stellar performance.

Darrell Lea collapse shouldn’t deter sweet-toothed start-ups: Analyst

7:43PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An IBISWorld analyst says there are still opportunities in the chocolate industry, despite the collapse of Darrell Lea, but new entrants must determine their market position from the outset.

Improve on an idea

7:00AM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Sometimes improving on an existing idea or product – by refining it, adding to it or merging it with other complementary products – can be just as powerful and profitable as a new idea.

Microsoft crowns taxi finder app goGatch as top Asia Pacific start-up

7:00AM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Taxi location app goCatch has been named winner of Microsoft’s APAC Startup 2012 Award, after pitching its ambitious international plans to a panel of judges. snaps up Canadian site in global growth strategy

7:40PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up success story has added another company to its portfolio, acquiring Canadian freelance marketplace Scriptlance, as it seeks to enhance its global presence.

The rise of Queensland’s tech start-up scene

7:59PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland has historically been known for its beaches, theme parks and State of Origin dominance. In more recent times, the Sunshine State has also become known as a major technology start-up hub. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Darrell Lea placed in administration as competitors steal market share

7:16PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The trend towards high-end chocolatiers and chocolate cafés has finally got the better of industry stalwart Darrell Lea, which has been placed in voluntary administration after nearly 85 years.

Five industries set to fly in 2012-13 and five set to flounder

7:45PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Karen Dobie

If you’re about to launch a business, it’s essential to know how your sector is expected to perform this financial year. Here are five sectors you should start-up in, and five that you should think twice about. BY KAREN DOBIE.

Learning to listen

7:26PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

The social media age has empowered consumers to share their experiences like never before. Here's how to harness customer feedback in a way that will boost, rather than sink, your business. BY NINA HENDY.

12 key things investors look for in web start-ups

7:04PM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The collapse of online retailer Shooii, after they failed to find a “cornerstone investor”, has been a stark reminder of the importance of cashflow. If you’re starting up online, it’s essential to know the 12 key things potential investors are looking for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.