Growth Strategy



Seek and Blue Chilli entrepreneurs take out top honours in annual EY awards

11:48AM | Friday, 22 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Seek co-founder and entrepreneur Andrew Bassat was announced the 2013 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year, beating 27 finalists in an awards ceremony last night.

Ideas don’t fail, teams do: Startmate’s founder on what they’ve learned from a 50% failure rate

11:09PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Most start-ups fail, even those carefully selected and backed with cash and mentors to have the best shot at success.

'Tis the season to be busy: Four tips to boost downtime profits

11:15AM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Are you worried about a festive season sales slowdown? Here are four key tips to help you ensure your business has a Merry Christmas and a profitable New Year.

The Weekly Digest: All of this week’s start-up tips, latest news and opportunities

11:18PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Here is StartupSmart’s weekly roundup of the big news and events in the Australian start-up community.

Three reasons start-ups fail and how to make the most of mistakes

11:45PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Most start-ups fail not because the idea is wrong, but because entrepreneurs give up rather than make the necessary corrections to their execution, articulation or to-market strategies, says a start-up mentor.

Growth strategy: Pocketbook raises $500,000 and shares expansion plans

11:53PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Budgeting app Pocketbook has this week announced they’re closing their $500,000 seed funding round.

After the Accelerator: Bugcrowd on learning how to speak American to investors and customers

11:50PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Bugcrowd co-founder Casey Ellis says learning how to engage American investors and customers has been the biggest challenge for his start-up since moving the company and his family to the US just over a week ago.

Why I'm running a Kickstarter campaign rather than approaching angel investors for seed capital

11:35PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Swatchmate, a hardware device that perfectly captures and matches colours, was born after co-founder Paul Peng had to hack out a piece of the wall he was trying to repaint with exactly the same colour, and realised there had to a better way.

Best of the web reads: Behind AOL chief’s impulsive firing

11:37PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Melinda Oliver

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fired a team member, in front of his colleagues, for videoing a speech. The scenario went viral. But what was the real story?

Don’t drop the ball, like the NBL did

11:02PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Back in the ‘90s, they used to get capacity crowds at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena for NBL matches. What happened next is a warning for anyone starting a business.

Growth strategy: Creating a community of international brand ambassadors

11:56PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Establishing a small cohort of international brand ambassadors has been central to the rapid growth of Noa Ries’s fitness fashion brand, Vie Active, which is now growing 50% month-on-month.

Business expansion: The $10 million question

11:33PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Jason Rose

There’s a good reason why you should always be working on an expansion plan for your business.

How to say ‘no’ more often

11:35PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

In business, it can be easy to fall into the trap of saying ‘yes’ to everything. However, learning how and when to say ‘no’ is one of the keys to success.

After the Accelerator: Scriptrock on why they moved to the US, and how tough it was to get into Startmate

11:03PM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Mike Baukes and Alan Sharp Paul credit the Startmate accelerator program with the rapid growth of Scriptrock since joining the second intake of the program in 2012.

After the accelerator: Graduate of first Startmate intake shares his experience

10:00AM | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Accelerator and incubator programs are increasingly popular in Australia, with the promise of expert help and guidance during the difficult early stage development and fundraising process.

Lessons for building a successful start-up: Ex-Google executive and ROKT co-founder tells

10:08PM | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Justin Viles co-founded ROKT in 2010 after seven years spearheading the growth of Google AdWords in Australia and New Zealand. Here are his three top tips for building a business.

Set some end of year goals

10:03PM | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Christmas and the end of the year can breed idleness in your workforce! Thankfully, you can begin taking preventative action.

Bill Shorten names himself shadow small business minister

10:02PM | Monday, 21 October 2013 | Myriam Robin

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has named none other than himself as the shadow small business minister.

What entrepreneurs can learn from the late Chopper Read

10:40PM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

Some of the business methods and tactics used by the late Mark “Chopper” Read are dubious, to say the least. Nonetheless, there are a few valuable lessons entrepreneurs can learn from the former underworld figure.

Best of the web reads: San Francisco’s new entrepreneurial culture

10:00AM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

San Francisco has a history of being at the forefront of America’s cultural life. Now a new group is making its mark – young entrepreneurs.