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Australia needs to embrace startups or get left behind: 2015 Crossroads report

4:17PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia has been given a direct warning in the latest StartupAus report: embrace startups or be left behind by the rest of the world.

Is the ‘shut-in’ economy taking off in Australia?

3:11PM | Tuesday, 31 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Look out so-called sharing economy: the “shut-in economy” might soon be the new king of buzzwords.

Tech sector now represents 5.1% of Australia’s GDP, 22% of the workforce

3:30PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

The digital economy contributed $79 billion to the Australian economy in 2013/14, representing 5.1% of Australia’s gross domestic product, while 22% of employees now work intensively with ICT, according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report.

Advice or binding direction: What is the difference between an advisory board and a board of directors?

2:16PM | Monday, 23 February 2015 | Ursula Hogben

It is crucial to know the difference between directors and advisory board members, including the risks, duties and liabilities of each role.

Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover apologises for “big mistake” in website copy

2:04PM | Monday, 23 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

The founder of online community Product Hunt has learnt the value of empathetic copy after being called out online for an automated message that implied all founders are male.

Is behavioural economics as relevant in B2B environments as in B2C?

2:40PM | Monday, 23 February 2015 | Bri Williams

When asked whether behavioural economics (BE) applies to business-to-business (B2B) as well as business-to-consumer (B2C), people are people has been my response. At least it used to be.

Putting customers first: can corporates and startups really work together?

2:19PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

Corporates are paying more attention to startups but there is still a long way to go when it comes to the two collaborating, according to a number of experts helping Australian businesses drive innovation.

OneShift’s Gen George at SouthStart: Effective partnerships key to growing a startup

2:15PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

Building a two-sided marketplace is hard work but the key to scaling is forming partnerships and effective marketing, according to the founder of job matching platform OneShift.

Apple's success comes from giving us a sense of making progress

2:11PM | Monday, 2 February 2015 | David Glance

Although the drivers behind Apple’s success include those that are specific to the brand, it is what the phone means in terms of social- and self-identity that determines the difference between buying a Samsung phone and an Apple one.

Good news for startups as Aussies turn to flexible hours and additional income

1:06PM | Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

More than 90% of Australians are looking for ways to supplement their income this year and startups are in a good position to reap the benefits, according to research released by job marketplace Airtasker.

Employee share option scheme draft legislation amendments good news for Australian startups

1:15PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Kye White

Changes to employee share option scheme laws, released in draft legislation by the federal government on Wednesday, will help fix the unworkable situation of taxing startup employees on value that they don’t have and may never get.

Five sources to help you track trends

1:39PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Amanda Jesnoewski

How do you predict changes when there is no crystal ball in business? Here are five sources to watch and utilise.

Flopportunity: Why failure is an opportunity

1:13PM | Tuesday, 6 January 2015 | Kunal Kalro

Don’t let the startup mantras and hashtags fool you. Failure is emotionally draining, physically exhausting and psychologically frustrating.

Four things to keep in mind when considering a pivot

1:31AM | Tuesday, 6 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Many Australian startups have pivoted into successful companies. But how do you know it’s the right time to change the direction of your company, or the product or service it provides?

How your startup can tackle diversity issues in 2015

1:14PM | Monday, 5 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

The new year represents an opportunity for companies to tackle diversity issues head-on, according to the Diversity Council of Australia, and tech startups are no exception.

Want to break up with social media? Don’t!

12:56PM | Thursday, 11 December 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

It’s the break up letter so many want to write. With so many changes, low reach and a push towards paid advertising, many people are fantasising about breaking up with their social media accounts.

'Haters gonna hate' is no consolation for online moderators

12:24PM | Monday, 8 December 2014 | Jennifer Beckett

What of online message board moderators – the often nameless and invisible people trying to police the flow of abusive, and often very offensive, material?

NICTA chief Hugh Durrant-Whyte resigns after bust-up with board over funding and governance

12:18PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Kye White

National ICT Australia chief executive officer professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte has resigned.

Atlassian on the hunt for best tech talent

12:15PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Kye White

Atlassian is searching Australia for the nation’s best tech talent, as it looks to fill 150 Sydney-based mainly tech vacancies over the next six months.

Have a successful product and don’t be an asshole: Justin Kan’s advice for founders

11:43PM | Thursday, 27 November 2014 | Kye White

Assholes beware, you don’t have to be “win at all costs” to run a successful startup, according to Twitch founder and YCombinator partner Justin Kan.

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