How to write a winning Y Combinator application: tips from Aussie startups that have done it before

9:48PM | Monday, 7 September 2015 |  Applications have just opened for Y Combinator’s winter batch, one of the most prestigious startup programs in the world.

What investors really want: It’s not primarily a great idea

9:15PM | Wednesday, 2 September 2015 |  A new study has revealed that investors are looking for an impressive and reliable founding team above all else in an early-stage startup.

Six tips on how to sell your startup to investors

7:06PM | Friday, 31 July 2015 |  A poor team with great selling skills and confidence is equally, if not more likely, to raise money than a great team with poor selling skills.

A six step beginner’s guide to sourcing investors

6:05PM | Wednesday, 17 June 2015 |  If you’re an online entrepreneur with a startup idea, you’ll want to know how to find, work with and get the most out of investors.

OPINION: It's about the founders

6:59PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 |  I’m glad startup tech companies are getting some more attention but it’s a bit too ‘popular’ and we’ve lost a focus on what’s important. It’s not about the investors, accelerators, governments, mentors, universities, incubators, co-working spaces, service providers, industry groups or corporates. It’s about the founders.

How can I best work out my “elevator pitch”?

3:00AM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 |  The keys to any elevator speech are immediacy of the business opportunity, clarity of what makes it a profitable venture and passion.

Is age a big issue for investors?

12:24PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  Use your youthful passion and drive as an advantage, and reassure potential investors with your willingness to seek counsel from good people around you.

How can I confirm a potential investor’s experience with start-ups?

2:00AM | Monday, 25 February 2013 |  As with any major recruitment decision, you must perform due diligence on your potential investor.

What are the key things I should do to prepare for a pitch with an investor?

12:00AM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 |  Essentially, you have to be a passionate and committed advocate of the business opportunity you are pitching.

As a tech business, should I be looking overseas for finance rather than Australia?

2:02PM | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 |  While it might feel like Australia suffers from a “conservative” investing culture, the true situation is a little more complex.