Business strategy

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 — 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 »


How to build a great startup team

- September 28, 2022 4 MIN READ

You can’t build a great team if you can’t recruit a team. Think about what you have to offer a potential cofounder or team member, and what that must look like to them vs not working in a startup. No wonder persuading people to join a startup is hard:   Working for a startup Working… Read more »

Business strategy

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 »

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 »


How to get deals done for your startup

- May 26, 2022 6 MIN READ

The main way tech startups grow is through creating technology that solves valuable problems for their customers but another way they grow is through cutting smart deals with other companies.  The first few deals I negotiated were content licensing deals, first for Microsoft’s online efforts and then for Yahoo, back in the mid-to-late 1990s. Since… Read more »


How to ask someone to be your technical cofounder

- May 11, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sometimes when you present the opportunity as “we just need you to build what we specify” you’re taking away the biggest motivation there is. If you’ve been working in startups for a while, you’ll be familiar with this kind of request: Seeking: Technical Cofounder I am looking for someone to join us as a technical… Read more »