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Business strategy

Why startups are cruising for a bruising if they ignore privacy and security

- November 21, 2022 3 MIN READ

The spate of global and local data leaks – privacy breaches that affected millions of Australian consumers and thousands of Australian businesses – have much to teach the corporate world: that business growth should not come at the expense of customer privacy. These incidents tend to occur because many companies operate business models that collect,… Read more »

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Bot’s up Doc? How an AI-generated tweet made me think deeply about how the worst VC could be the best one for you

- November 9, 2022 6 MIN READ

This is gold, I would read this blog post pic.twitter.com/vdPbq7n6YW — Jarrad (Moose) Lawrence (@JarradLawrence) November 3, 2022 I was playing around with a new AI that attempts to tweet like the author (you can try it out here) and Moose Lawrence posted this example, meant to be something that I’d be likely to tweet.… Read more »

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Ignition Lane’s Great Big Wrap: VCs court cash, an M&A bash & Canva makes a splash

- October 3, 2022 5 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Tech Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world.  Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel every… Read more »

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The 5 whys of customer research

- August 31, 2022 3 MIN READ

The goal of customer research at the earliest stages of a startup journey is to help us validate/ invalidate the assumptions we have made when believing we that we know what customers want. Chances are, in the first few years, your tech startup is more based on a hypothesis than the satisfied paying customers you’re… Read more »

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An expat Australian, WellSaid Labs CEO Matt Hocking, shares 4 lessons on building a startup in the US

- August 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

Growing a startup in any country takes a certain set of skills, but sometimes having a different perspective can be an advantage. When I founded my first software startup in the United States, I found that my Australian roots provided some unique insights. I’m currently co-founder and CEO of WellSaid Labs, the industry’s leader in AI… Read more »

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Why startup founders need speed

- August 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

Tick tock – can others hear your clock? Recently I introduced a startup to a potential investor and they followed up in 4 minutes. How a startup works with time is a clear indicator of their culture and can be an indicator of their future success. Why time matters Time is everything in a startup. The… Read more »

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How to win with a value-based business strategy

- August 9, 2022 4 MIN READ

I recently took part in a one-day workshop on business strategy. Run by Harvard Business School professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee, he outlined a framework for how companies can achieve more by doing less and argues whether you’re a large business with multiple product lines or a startup that’s chasing a burgeoning market opportunity, by following a… Read more »