Business advice and education



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.

Start-up internship program at Melbourne University to run again as interns get hired

3:01PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The Tin Alley program has been declared a success with two of the five Melbourne University students involved in the program hired after completing their internships at tech start-ups and councils.

Stanford start-up tutors share the top five myths about scaling tech start-ups

3:00AM | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | Rose Powell

By definition, every start-up plans to get global sooner or later. But scaling a business poorly is one of the fastest ways to kill it, according to two Stanford lecturers.

Is this Australia’s most remote co-working space? New tech hub launched

3:22PM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Rose Powell

A newly launched co-working space in Bega may well be one of Australia’s most remote, with the closest metropolitan centre, Canberra, a three-hour drive away.

Gold Coast start-up ecosystem taking off as Bond University launches accelerator program

3:02PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Bond University has announced it will run its first accelerator program this year, as part of the national rollout of the Incubate program.

Opportunities abound in start-ups partnering with corporates, but beware the risks

3:52PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Gavin Lower

Partnering with a large corporate may appear attractive for start-ups, but a co-founder of Facebook marketing platform Tiger Pistol says there are important issues to consider.

The importance of having a coach in business and life

2:22PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Remember those piano or guitar lessons you loved (or hated) as a kid? Perhaps you were forced to go to tennis lessons? Now you’re in business, it’s time to hire another coach.

Silicon Valley veteran and investor Susan Wu explains what matters most for start-ups

2:22AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Susan Wu is a start-up veteran and investor who has worked with some of the best founders in the business. She IPOed her first company at 24 and advised companies including Twitter, Square and Medium.

Start-ups unite to offer $2000 scholarship for entrepreneurial uni students

2:51AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Two start-ups have combined forces to offer a scholarship worth $2000 for Australian university students to encourage them to start their own businesses.

Australia’s first all-female hackathons to launch in Sydney and Melbourne

2:25PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney and Melbourne are readying to host Australia’s first female-only hack-days as women’s coder groups combine forces to boost the number of female tech start-up founders.

Melbourne’s only private accelerator program to open for new intake

2:11PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Melbourne-based accelerator AngelCube is searching for up to 10 fast-growing companies for their fourth intake, with applications opening in early March.

Toyota closure reinforces need for innovation to create new jobs

2:16PM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Toyota’s announcement that it will stop making cars in Australia by 2017 adds to the urgency for productivity and new jobs to be created elsewhere in the economy, says one of the leaders of Australia’s start-up sector.

The five issues small businesses face and how to get over them

2:00AM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Small businesses can list around 55 issues that hold them back from success, growth and happiness, according to small business trainer and Key Person of Influence chief executive Glen Carlson.

Hub Adelaide renews Young Entrepreneur Fellowship program to stop brain drain

2:43PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Co-working space Hub Adelaide has decided to renew its Young Entrepreneur Fellowship programs, four months into its six-month pilot.

Ten start-ups announced for Telstra-backed accelerator program muru-D

2:26PM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Rose Powell

The muru-D accelerator team have worked their way through hundreds of applications and whittled down their top 25 to 10 companies to enter the program.

International tech start-up report reveals funding trends for founders

2:59PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Rose Powell

The Economist has published a 16-page report on the international tech start-up movement, identifying flows of capital, the darker side of entrepreneurship and key organisations including Australian accelerator Startmate.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress delegation to Moscow open for applications

1:47PM | Thursday, 30 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneurs with ambitions beyond their own borders have been invited to apply for one of 15 places in the Australian delegation to Moscow for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014.

Australian founder salaries analysed in global survey

1:39PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Nearly three-quarters of Australia’s start-up founders are aged between 31 and 40 and are paying themselves just over $US55,000 ($A62,700) a year, an analysis of global founder salaries has found.

Why doing your own accounting matters and why everyone can do it

1:46PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The University of Technology, Sydney has launched a series of one-day courses on accounting fundamentals to equip start-ups from non-financial backgrounds with the ability to manage their businesses.

There are some things that business owners just won’t do in 2014

1:27PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Nina Hendy

Many entrepreneurs use the new year to decide on changes to their businesses. Here are some of the practices successful leaders are leaving in the past.