Growth Strategy



Suppressing the apology reflex in the workplace: Best of the web reads

1:55PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Cara Waters

In her piece for the New York Times, Audrey Lee tackles when not to say you’re sorry.

Australian start-ups need to stop selling out: Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes

1:16PM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes called for Australian start-ups to back themselves and not sell their companies so quickly at a muru-D accelerator event in Sydney.

Aussie start-up Tapestry acquires US social networking firm ConnectAround

1:38PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

An Australian start-up whose app helps seniors stay connected with friends and family has acquired a US social network to boost its expansion in the US.

Mobile commerce visionary Tomi Ahonen on the newest mass media: You must watch this video

1:00AM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you thinking about developing an Android or iPhone app? Or perhaps you’re looking for a great business idea? If so, here’s one video you absolutely must watch.

The dark side of vertical integration

1:00AM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Taskmaster

What would your business do if a large supplier or customer decided to become a competitor? Here are a few of your options.

One-year-old digital agency start-up named finalist in national AIMIA awards

1:09PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Digital agency Cypha is the only start-up to scrape into the 20 companies nominated for the digital industry’s AIMIA awards.

Make sure you have plenty of business cards – and they stand out!

1:31PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Some people say you no longer need business cards. The Taskmaster, most humbly, disagrees.

Best of the Web: The future of technology, according to Her

1:13AM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Her, the movie about a guy who falls in love with his computer operating system, has given us a vision of the future and how humans could interact with technology.

What do you when you realise you’re building a good product but the wrong solution: Start-ups are Scary series

1:12AM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A year into building their product, beta testers and a mentor told the founders of online publishing start-up Liquid State they needed to start from scratch. Here’s how they recovered.

Getting attention to find the perfect technology co-founder: Meet the founder singing for her CTO

1:35PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

When Liz Kaelin was told by an accelerator program she needed to find a tech co-founder, she knew it wouldn’t be easy. But after posting a song to YouTube, she’s received 12 applications in a couple of days.

Why you probably shouldn’t take on advisers who aren’t also investors

1:19PM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Should you avoid committed advisory relationships from people who won’t financially back you? Ed Dowling, co-founder of, discussed this question at the Startup Victoria Conference last year.

Four-month-old start-up tackling coupons, contests, Lady Gaga and seeing 100% monthly revenue growth

1:00AM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Coupons have been a playground for start-ups for years, with one of Australia’s biggest start-up success stories, RetailMeNot, selling for $90 million in 2010.

Weekly digest: all our start-up stories from this week in one place

1:11PM | Friday, 10 January 2014 | Rose Powell

It was the first week back for the StartupSmart team, and there was a lot to cover from the start-up community.

In tune with the music: Kicktone heads to France for pitching competition at Midem music industry event

1:05PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Less than a year after quitting his job at a mortgage service centre, Savvas Dimitriou will pitch his music sharing platform Kicktone at the world’s largest music industry networking event in Cannes, France.

Three tips to go from staff consultant to director of a multi-million dollar start-up in three years

1:07PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Rose Powell

When Scott Grigg quit his job at an ASX-listed IT consulting company to launch Chamonix IT Consulting, he knew it was going to be different.

Take inspiration from these Aussie entrepreneurs who spill the beans on their key goals for 2014

1:00AM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Nina Hendy

Some of Australia’s top entrepreneurs have some very lofty goals for 2014.

Top mentor lessons to take into 2014

1:00AM | Thursday, 2 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

One of the most common pieces of advice for people setting out on the road to starting their own business is how important it is to find a mentor.

Going global against all advice with no funding: HealthKit co-founder shares their Start-ups are Scary moment

12:00AM | Friday, 20 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Building a global health administration system was crazy. At least that's what Alison Hardacre and Lachlan Wheeler's friends told them.

What does an Australian start-up need to get investment? NICTA new ventures director crunches the numbers

12:38PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Andrew Stead, the director of new ventures at NICTA, has researched the factors behind the most successful investment-backed Australian start-ups.

Make suppliers fight for your business

12:54PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Most entrepreneurs know from experience that you need to wheel and deal to get a sale across the line. And that goes for supplier deals as well.