Growth Strategy



Australia lifts ranking in Global Innovation Index, but still lags behind New Zealand

7:39PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australia has lifted its ranking in this year’s Global Innovation Index, taking it into the top 20 countries in the world for innovation.

Face-paint start-up out to crack US market

7:25PM | Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Rose Powell

An Australian natural face-paint brand is ramping up its international expansion this week, with Adelaide-based Pure Poppet set to launch into the US and Malaysia.

US investment takes Australian Small Scale Offerings Board international

7:06PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Equity-raising platform for small to medium businesses, the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board, is set to expand overseas by licensing its platform after US investors injected $786,000 and took a 20.6% stake in the firm.

Are you making these three mistakes on Twitter?

6:18PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Adam Franklin

Twitter for business can be an absolute minefield and there are three common mistakes that can prevent you from achieving success. Please double check that you’re not a disaster waiting to happen!

Small businesses plan to cut costs in FY14, spend on mobile technology

6:03PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups and small business owners are focusing on decreasing their costs but also planning on investing in technology, especially mobile, in the new financial year, according to new research.

Eight tips to win fast or fail quick as an entrepreneur

6:57PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

In business, if you can’t succeed fast, you should aim to fail quickly. Here are the eight key factors that will allow you to identify and catch a wave of rapid growth.

Sydney-based company develops first high-altitude coffee

6:17PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 | Virginia Millen

The muted flavour of coffee at high altitude inspired Mark Diaz and Bernard Cheah, founders of Sydney-based Tango Aviation Company, to investigate how to improve the drink’s taste on airplanes.

Kaggle president on how they did it, and tips on how to tell your start-up’s story to raise millions from investors

6:04PM | Thursday, 20 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Data science platform Kaggle grew from a Melbourne start-up to a global success story in just a couple of years.

New venture capital firm launches to fill gap between incubators and big investors

6:39PM | Thursday, 20 June 2013 | Rose Powell

A new venture capital firm is looking to develop six to eight ideas with funding of around $500,000 each and training.

Australian game developer unlocks distribution opportunity to reach over 120 million users

6:28PM | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Sydney-based game development start-up Bubble Gum Interactive have got their Jetpack Jinx game in front of more than 120 million new customers via a deal with Tango mobile games platform.

New digital wallet system sets up in Australia

6:30PM | Tuesday, 11 June 2013 | Rose Powell

A new digital payment system has arrived in Australia as bankers fret about the impact the move towards “digital wallets” may have on their businesses.

Silicon Lakes directors head to US to build relationships with start-up community

6:11PM | Tuesday, 11 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

The directors of Gold Coast incubator Silicon Lakes are flying to the United States tomorrow (Wednesday) to build relationships with the start-up community there and provide a future pathway for Queensland start-ups.

Confusion surrounding public holiday provisions for the Queen’s Birthday holiday

6:43PM | Friday, 7 June 2013 | Cara Waters

The majority of Australians are preparing for a long weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday, with a public holiday scheduled in most states and territories for Monday, June 10.

Key issues for start-ups in 2013: Digital investment and dwindling confidence

6:54PM | Wednesday, 5 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Micro-business owners struggling with lower confidence are focusing on investing in their digital presence in the coming months, according to the 2013 Sage Business Index released this week.

Vision, strategy, tactics and conquest

6:28PM | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 | Taskmaster

Terms like vision, strategy and tactics can be confusing if you’re just starting a business for the very first time. It’s time to conquer that knowledge gap with the Taskmaster.

Early succession planning can boost business sale price: Institute

6:12PM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian start-ups need to focus on succession planning from as early as possible if they want to reap maximum business rewards, says Craig West, chief executive and president of the Australian chapter of the Exit Planning Institute.

New $2 million venture fund launched and looking for 20 companies

5:00PM | Friday, 31 May 2013 | Rose Powell

High-profile entrepreneurs and investors Garry Visontay, Benjamin Chong and Ari Klinger have joined forces to launch a new $2 million seed funding venture.

Be careful of overseas laws – especially online

5:24PM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Taskmaster

Earlier today, Old Taskmaster read about some new internet censorship laws – sorry, online media regulations – that have just come into force in Singapore. The laws raise an important issue for any business planning to trade overseas.

Consumers buy more from businesses with loyalty programs: Study

5:08PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Consumers buy more from businesses with loyalty programs and choose businesses that have a program compared to those without, according to a study by Directivity and Citrus.

Federal government to spend $5 million making start-ups and SMEs online-savvy

5:23PM | Monday, 27 May 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government is to spend $5 million creating online business toolkits to help small- and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations take advantage of the digital economy.