Growth Strategy



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.

Buy some colourful clothing

7:00AM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Taskmaster

If you want to be remembered in presentations or at a networking event, style up and add a dash of colour to your look.

South Australia and Victoria worst hit as company collapses rise

7:00AM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Rachel Baxendale

Company collapses increased by 1.7% in May, with businesses in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT hardest hit by Australia’s uneven economy.

Five start-up lessons from Net-A-Porter’s Megan Quinn

7:09PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When Megan Quinn co-founded internet sensation Net-A-Porter back in 1999, online high fashion was a brand new concept. Here are five essential lessons Quinn learnt by starting up in an entirely new industry. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

The Coffee Club opens in Egypt despite recent unrest

7:48PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian café franchise The Coffee Club has opened its first venue in Egypt on the back of major political unrest, but the company is confident it can appeal to locals and tourists alike.

Pride factor in starting up outshone by personal achievements: Report

7:25PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than 40% of business owners say starting their own business made them “very proud”, new research reveals, but business milestones are outshone by personal achievements.

Tapas chain MoVida lands at Melbourne Airport

7:46PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Establishing a presence in an airport can lift your brand and image, a retail expert says, after Spanish-inspired tapas bar MoVida opened a venue at Melbourne International Airport.

Pollenizer Academy launch points to the rise of the start-up master class

7:38PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech start-up incubator Pollenizer has established an educational program designed to help entrepreneurs build and operate lean start-ups, highlighting the growth of start-up master classes.

Exclusive networking group aims to boost Victorian SMEs

7:55PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Rachel Baxendale

NetWorking Australia, a new, invite-only business networking enterprise created by Victoria-based enterprise hub Workspace Australia, is set to launch next week.

Break a workplace habit

7:00AM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Your challenge today is to look at something in your business that you just know you can improve on, but you’ve resisted doing so for fear of rocking the boat.

Take stock of the market

7:55PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Do you want to know what’s in store for your business this financial year? If so, you must take the pulse of the market.

Founder Institute Sydney graduates picked for start-up accelerator

7:00AM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cloud provider Ninefold has accepted nine budding entrepreneurs into its accelerator program, after they became the inaugural graduates of The Founder Institute Sydney.

Attack the new financial year

6:04PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Taskmaster

The new financial year is here, and the Taskmaster is ready to rumble!

Commercialisation Australia partners with TiE Sydney

6:55PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Commercialisation Australia has struck a partnership deal with not-for-profit entrepreneur network TiE Sydney with the aim of backing innovative Australian start-ups.

Seven in ten SMEs would happily start up again: Survey

6:48PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It seems start-ups are the envy of their larger counterparts, with a new report revealing more than 70% of SMEs would be happy to start up a business again, partly for the sense of pride.

SmartCompany editor James Thomson on The Project

6:46PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | James Thomson

James Thomson, editor of StartupSmart’s sister site SmartCompany, recently appeared on Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss the situation at troubled surfwear retailer Billabong. In case you missed his appearance, here it is.

New wine company Naked Wines turns customers into angel investors

6:19PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new business model for wine is turning customers into angel investors, encouraging them to invest in a $1.5 million trust fund designed to help independent winemakers crack the market.

Five ways to start the new financial year with a bang

6:46PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Did you feel the financial pressure build through the 2011-12 financial year? Recharge your business with these five tips and get off to a flying start in new financial year. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

How to muscle up your new business

6:20PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Marc Peskett

If you want to strengthen and grow your start-up, there are exercises that must become part of your business routine. Here are the five major managerial muscles you must flex. BY MARC PESKETT.