Melanie Perkins - Canva

How Melanie Perkins turned Canva into one of the world’s most successful tech companies

- January 4, 2023 3 MIN READ

Melanie Perkins is an ambition-driven creative, making transformative impacts on the world of graphic design. She is CEO and co-founder of Canva, which launched in 2014. Kochie’s Business Builders editor Cec Busby untangles the truth behind Canva’s ‘overnight success’ in this interview with Perkins. Starting from scratch Melanie Perkins’ passion for design has been present… Read more »


Why Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ management style sucks

- November 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

As a case study in how to implement organisational change, Elon Musk’s actions at Twitter will go down as the gold standard in what not to do. Among other things, the evidence shows successful organisational change requires: a clear, compelling vision that is communicated effectively; employee participation; and fairness in the way change is implemented.… Read more »

Niki Scevak - Blackbird co-founder

How to make yourself an industry leader

- August 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Want to create a perception that you’re a leader in the customer community your startup serves, or in the professional startup field you work in? It’s not rocket surgery: become the person who creates a regular meetup and community about it. Say you’re a [professional] in [startup category], like [product manager] in [aged care SAAS].… Read more »


Adatree’s Jill Berry on the highs, lows & lessons in three years of building her consumer data right startup

- August 10, 2022 5 MIN READ

Three years ago in June 2019, I founded Adatree with my long-time colleague and friend Shane Doolan. It was the perfect storm of new data sharing regulations being introduced in Australia, our shared vision of the economy-wide global applications for data sharing, our shared experience of building – not one, but two! – highly regulated… Read more »


8 things the founders of fintech Paytron learnt in the 12 months since their Seed round

- July 1, 2022 4 MIN READ

It’s a year since multi-currency payments startup Paytron raised a $4.35 million seed round as it launches it product for the SMB market.  Co-founders Jaco Veldsman and Francois Henrion set out to address the pain point of small businesspeople dealing too much paperwork to manage their international payments, and they’ve spent the past 12 months… Read more »