Growth Strategy



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.

Two-year-old fitness tracking app Sessions acquired by MyFitnessPal

2:34PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Blackbird Ventures-backed personal fitness app Sessions has been acquired by MyFitnessPal, an American fitness-focused company with hundreds of thousands of users.

App to manage crowdfunding supporters wins Startup Weekend Perth

2:48PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Rose Powell

A pledge management system that helps people coordinate their crowdfunding supporters after they’ve hit their financial target has taken out top honours at the Startup Weekend Perth hackathon over the weekend.

Weekly digest: All the stories we published this week in one easy to check place

2:39PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

This week was a busy one for Australian start-ups, with two crowdsourced equity platforms launching in Australia and a couple of big discussions taking place online.

Partnership gives locational app platform access to 250,000 developers

2:37PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

GeoMoby, a geo-location tech platform, has announced a partnership with US mobile app marketplace Buzztouch to give them access to more than 250,000 app developers.

How getting the fundamentals right helped this start-up grow 200% last year

2:16PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Shift8 has set up its franchise point of sale system in 700 shops since signing its first customer in 2012. In 2014, the company plans to double customer numbers again by expanding to Singapore and New Zealand.

REA Group calls for new approaches to job creation in the age of ‘citizen-led’ economic development

2:08PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Early disrupters of the classifieds industry, the REA Group, is calling for Australia to embrace its digital future and for Australians to pull the government towards technology enabling policies.

Three ways to power your business into the digital era

2:39AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Cara Waters

Global futurist and innovation strategist Anders Sorman-Nilsson says businesses need to adapt in order to succeed in today’s digital times.