Managing people



How to find the right co-founder

8:19PM | Thursday, 27 August 2015 | Mark McDonald

Starting a business with a co-founder makes a lot of sense, but finding the right people can be hard.

Protecting the rights of the digital workforce in the 'gig' economy

8:10PM | Tuesday, 18 August 2015 | Joseph G. Davis,

Spurred by advances in digital technology, an on-demand workforce has been growing steadily for well over a decade, creating a new “gig” economy.

“That’s not the Amazon I know”: Jeff Bezos says company has culture of caring

8:26AM | Tuesday, 18 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has responded to the New York Times’ highly critical piece on the company’s workplace conditions and culture.

“Workers cry at their desks”: Survival of the fittest in the Amazon jungle

8:31AM | Monday, 17 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

The New York Times published an expansive, highly critical article about the working conditions and culture in Amazon over the weekend.

“Don’t be a dick”: How Vend puts its values first

8:59PM | Monday, 10 August 2015 | Vaughan Rowsell

What makes your company truly, honestly unique? Values are often just as important as your product.

Vinomofo’s pet project brings in new team member

8:24PM | Friday, 7 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Online wine retail startup Vinomofo has a very special furry guest in its Melbourne office.

What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

7:57PM | Tuesday, 28 July 2015 | Ibrar Bhatt

Can’t remember the name of the two elements that scientist Marie Curie discovered? Or who won the 1945 UK general election? Ask Google.

How to lead, inspire and get the most out of your startup team

7:53PM | Thursday, 23 July 2015 | Mark McDonald

Your team is your most valuable asset and an essential element of great execution. After all, great ideas do not matter if they can’t be executed.

As CEO exits, Reddit finds to its cost that even unpaid workers can go on strike

7:39PM | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 |  Rebecca Taylor

Worker frustration and disputes that result in forms of organised industrial action such as strikes, go-slows, even sabotage, are as old as waged labour.

Four ways to motivate the unmotivated

7:10PM | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 | Bri Williams

How do you get the unmotivated to do what you want them to do?

Software company promises employees holiday bonus of almost $10,000 – if they resist these little temptations

6:26PM | Friday, 26 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

The chief executive of a software company in the United States is giving his staff $US7500 when they go on holiday – but there’s a catch.

When to hire a new CEO: Learning from the examples of Twitter and Bigcommerce

6:23PM | Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Ron Pragides

During the past week, both Twitter and Bigcommerce announced CEO transitions. What does this mean?

Forget siestas, 'green micro-breaks' could boost work productivity

5:25PM | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Kate Lee, Katherine Johnson, Kathryn Williams, Leisa Sargent and Nicholas Williams

Most of us know firsthand that spending time in nature can make us feel better. This isn’t just a placebo effect: decades of research show that seeing vegetation, water, light, and animals is linked with many psychological benefits.

Four tips to improve your company culture

5:09PM | Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Jonathan Lui

The best kind of employee is one that goes that extra step to seek you out; even if that means hijacking your company Christmas party.

Early-stage startups need to attract the right people if they are to succeed

4:34PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Finding your feet as an early-stage startup is all about finding the right talent and effective marketing, according to the founder of an online employment platform shortlisted for the 2015 StartupSmart Awards.

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.

Intern or employee – what’s the difference?

1:07PM | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 | Clare Hallam

Bootstrapped startups are often challenged to afford suitable resources. But is hiring interns instead of employees a fair solution?

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.

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.

Gold Coast startup to bring instant messaging to the workplace

12:20PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

A lot has been said about how inefficient email is but not a lot has been done about it. Until now.