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Weekly digest: All the start-up stories we published this week in one place

Friday, 31 January 2014 | By Rose Powell

The final week of January has been a busy one for the start-up community. Here are all of the stories we published this week in one easy to check place.


In start-up partnership news, female focused angel investor network Scale announced their first investment and four-month-old start-up Omny announced a content and investment partnership with major media company Southern Cross Austereo.


Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and Artesian Ventures partner Stuart Fox debated the pros and cons of portfolio investment theory, Brisbane City Council has backed an initiative to teach hundreds of kids how to code, and the start-up community spoke up about the three biggest policy issues they need the government to fix.


News from the coal face of start-up activity revealed an inside look at start-up powerhouse 99designs, a business making bucket-loads from cute cat pics, and goCatch co-founder Andrew Campbell shared the hoops he makes prospective tech team members jump through.


Research revealed how much Australian founders were paying themselves, and a memory sharing app launched on Monday, and on Friday the founder shared a frank account of how his earlier failures have shaped his entrepreneurial approach.


In international news, Square is coming to Australia, bespoke tailoring start-up Institchu announced plans to roll out in the United Kingdom, delegates are being sought for the Global Entrepreneur Congress to be held in Moscow this March and a new report has confirmed access to global markets is a challenge for Australian entrepreneurs.


We also shared a range of advice including six new year image boosters you can try, what you can learn from the Wolf of Wall Street movie, and detailed the steps you can take to avoid the post Christmas cashflow hang over.


Our mentors also shared lots of advice including the importance of building a culture of trust, the 10 biggest web marketing mistakes and explored whether corporate types view home-based businesses negatively.


They also explored how to price a digital product or service and how to get testimonials that convert into sales.