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Leadership

New research reveals how major life moments impact an entrepreneur’s success – and some of it is counterintuitive

- May 24, 2024 3 MIN READ

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any innovative economy. New business creation has been shown to have a significant and positive impact on economic growth, innovation and job creation. But it isn’t easy, and most new businesses fail. When someone starts a business, they usually aren’t doing it alone – their whole family forms part of… Read more »

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Leadership

‘I was that person’: Elaine Stead on why she didn’t see sexism in the first decade of her career – and what she did next

- March 17, 2024 4 MIN READ

As someone who has always been a minority in an industry, it was, embarrassingly, only in my 30s that I genuinely began to properly clock how tilted the stage is. Up until then, I was that person who said cringey things like “I genuinely don’t think I have ever experienced sexism or harassment”. Lol. Oh,… Read more »

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Leadership

Elaine Stead launches a crowdsourced solution to sexism in Australia’s startup ecosystem

- March 11, 2024 3 MIN READ

Venture capital investor Elaine Stead has launched a free handbook on how to address sexism, harassment and other inappropriate behaviours in the tech sector. Dr Stead, the founder of Human VC, said hundreds of Australian tech leaders have contributed to a new crowdsourced resource, “Addressing Sexism in Australian Tech & Investment”. It contains a compilation… Read more »

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Leadership

Humanitix cofounder Joshua Ross explains how he built a tech model for hassle-free humanitarianism

- December 15, 2023 3 MIN READ

As one of the founders of Humanitix, I’ve witnessed firsthand how technology can be a powerful force for positive change. From the very beginning, my cofounder, Adam McCurdie, and I were driven by the belief that business, if managed and structured ethically, can play a massive role in solving social problems at scale. Our journey… Read more »

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Most Australian managers believe stress and fear are good motivating tools, but here’s why it’s the fastest way to kill your startup

- November 27, 2023 5 MIN READ

The last decade in corporate Australia has seen a much greater acknowledgement of toxic workplace practices and their impact. In the startup sector in particular, over recent weeks we have seen many women come forward to share their experiences of gender discrimination, sexism, harassment and abuse, a subset of toxic behaviour. I am in the… Read more »

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Leadership

A deep dive into founders and their personalities reveals how important they are to a startup’s success

- October 18, 2023 4 MIN READ

You’ve heard VC investors say “we back founders” ahead on an idea and it seems that founders are key to the success of a startup, according to a new study into their personality types. The study, The impact of founder personalities on startup success, published today in Scientific Reports, shows founders of successful startups have personality traits… Read more »

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Leadership

How to create a curious workplace culture in your startup

- September 15, 2023 3 MIN READ

Renowned innovators, creators, artists, and explorers across generations all share a profound passion for curiosity. This could be argued as their real key to success, with research confirming curiosity serves as a powerful driver for sparking ideas, engaging and retaining employees. But for startups the luxury of unlimited resources and never ending budgets is non-existent… Read more »

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Leadership

New research says being a go-getter doesn’t always make someone a good leader

- July 28, 2023 2 MIN READ

New research from the University of Adelaide demonstrates that being proactive could earn an individual a leadership position,  but merely being proactive alone does not make for a good leader.   Individuals must be aware of their own leadership competencies to avoid the traps of the Peter Principle, which acknowledges  that employees tend to be promoted… Read more »

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Leadership

Change your swim lane: how I made the leap from big tech to startups then VC

- July 25, 2023 8 MIN READ

Transitioning from a tech giant like Microsoft to an early-stage startup can be a daunting but exciting experience. Before joining Tidal, I made this leap to become the fourth employee and founding marketer at hyper-growth startup Dovetail. In this article, I’ll share the valuable insights I learnt along the way, I’ll share my critical realisations during… Read more »