Growth Strategy



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.

Find a weakness in your business before your competition does

12:09PM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Most of the time, I bet that you focus on the things they do badly, or the deficiencies in their product or service.

What lessons have you learnt this year?

12:32AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Linnet Hunter

The end of the year is an excellent time to look back and reflect on what’s been going on.

Quick and cheesy still number one, but healthier options drive fast food sector’s growth

12:00PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The pizza restaurant and takeaway food industry has grown by an average of 3.2% per annum for the past five years, but the industry has had to adapt to changing consumer demands.

Four Australian start-ups make the top 20 in Deloitte’s Fast 500 Asia-Pacific list

12:39PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian tech companies are well represented in Deloitte’s 2013 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the Asia-Pacific region, with 66 companies making the list.

Major setback for innovation: Federal government abandons plans for start-up enabling tax reforms

12:34PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Abbott government has announced it will abandon two policies that would have had a significant positive impact on local start-up activity.

Post-Holden redundancy: Founder takes out Best Start-up Pivot at Startup Adelaide Awards

12:32PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Jo Shanahan, founder of Animal Therapeutics Online, overhauled her business model in 2011 and was recognised for her successful execution of this transformation last week.

A spectacular inspiration for a productivity boost

12:48PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, there was a traffic jam near the local oval in a sleepy hollow known as Parts Unknown.

The week that was: Accelerator activity, tips, tricks and apps galore

12:54PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The corporate world may be winding down in time for Christmas, but start-up land continues to power along. Here’s what happened this week.

Best of the web reads: How to launder money

12:14AM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Melinda Oliver

Money laundering is tricky business, as the goal is to hide your tracks but make things look legitimate.

Bodyslam: How getting soundly beaten can be a blessing in disguise

12:39PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Jason Rose

I learnt a great lesson about business and life on the weekend. The weird part was that I was upside down at the time.