Paid Parental Leave for Startups & Micro Business Owners

- May 8, 2013 5 MIN READ

It’s a topic close to my heart – as I have a wife with an overdue baby in her belly as I type, and we both have small businesses to keep ticking over once our son arrives – every little bit helps when you want to take some time with a new member of the family (without letting all of the hard work put into building a business waste away by inattention at the same time).


Turning Idea’s into Reality

- April 23, 2013 2 MIN READ

Today Cupcake Central founder Sheryl Thai talks about turning dreams into reality. 3 years ago she had a dream to open a cupcake shop and now she has three stores, a successful training and workshop arm of her business and has just finished shooting her first cook book. Today this simple and straight to the point post by Thai gives us some practical advice on just making it happen.


Why should Startups care about Cash?

- April 22, 2013 2 MIN READ

When starting a new idea, the hardest thing apart from getting it off the ground is working out a way to fund it. And if we have some funds to get us going, and keep us going, how long will they last? Or even if we are out of the early start-up days, and have received funding from angel investors or venture capital, how do we make the most of this funding? Well, it comes down to the numbers.


Can you really own a term? Defining our new business scene.

- April 9, 2013 2 MIN READ

Over the last couple of months, I have been involved in a few discussions, some private, some in a group environment, some in a government capacity – all revolving around the term “startup” and who in fact it actually belongs to. I must admit, I have been fence sitting when it comes to this particular topic, and part of me get’s really annoyed about the conversation, as I don’t feel comfortable excluding a group from using a term because it doesn’t fit the definition another is giving it.


Tweaky: Zero to Profitable in 9 months

- April 3, 2013 3 MIN READ

Nine months ago we launched as the marketplace to anyone improve their website. It’s hard for small businesses to get small changes made to their website. Agencies and freelancers typically don’t want to touch jobs less than $500-$1000. The overheads are too high. I know because I ran an agency for a couple of years.


The digital economy and ESOP’s

- April 3, 2013 3 MIN READ

While Australia’s House of Representatives continues its unrelenting descent into an embarrassing soap opera, the country’s digital economy, while showing signs of growth and immense potential, continues to be plagued by challenges that result in many start-ups packing their bags and heading off-shore.


Is emotion skewing your numbers?

- March 21, 2013 2 MIN READ

When talking to start-ups, the first thing you generally see is the passion the founders have for their concept, idea or product. From discussing the benefits about how it’s a market game changer to the finer points where incremental steps can have a significant impact, we understand that something is driving them to succeed. But this drive to success can often fall apart somewhere along the way.


Yep. The IT Sector is all about Cheap Non-Aussie Labour

- March 15, 2013 2 MIN READ

Just to preface this post, Julia Gillard came out swinging yesterday against the IT industry and the Tech sector is not happy about it. Mike Cannon Brookes didn’t hold back at all taking to twitter and later additional media to vent his frustration. A hashtag from a Startup event #StartupAus is also being used to continue the conversation.


Oh no, Have I done something wrong?!?

- March 14, 2013 2 MIN READ

I don’t want to be fatalistic or a scaremonger, BUT you know that you are doing at least something wrong in your business, don’t you? Sure, you are the “ideas person”, the driver of your enterprise and proud of the fact that out of nothing, you have made something pretty special. You are even providing others with opportunities to make money along-side or as a consequence of what you are doing, and have an employee or three hovering in the wings, starting as a “casual” or a “contractor” for now, being paid in sweat equity or when the next big invoice comes in, or on a “trial” basis until you decide that they are worthy of a paid position.


Sweat Equity & Startups

- March 8, 2013 3 MIN READ

Yes, I know. You are a start-up. You have limited resources and a difficult cash flow forecast – but could really use some help. We spoke about interns a while back, now we are going to look a bit deeper into other ways you might think about to supplement the limited funds you have to hand to get the right person helping you out.


Hipsters & Startups

- March 5, 2013 3 MIN READ

Those who can’t do…start.

Thick rimmed glasses, fixed rim bicycles, skinny jeans rolled up to just below the knee, boat shoes, vegan diets. Okay, you got me, I’m talking about hipsters. Or am I? You’ve probably noticed the convergence between hipster culture and local start-up culture so let’s explore why.


Government Grants are a waste of your time

- February 28, 2013 2 MIN READ

I was on a panel last night at Lean Startup Melbourne talking about different ways you can raise capital for your business. The panel featured a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur who had raised VC capital, a government grants consultant and myself talking about my experience raising capital for from local angel investors.


Is your business going anywhere?

- February 21, 2013 3 MIN READ

Often we get so caught up working in our business, that we don’t stop to take a look at how our business is actually performing. You win a big project, and you spend all your time working on it that the actual running of the business goes out the window. Basically, what’s happening is that you have stopped working on your business, and you’re now working in it.


Advance Innovation

- February 20, 2013 3 MIN READ

Advance is an Australian non-profit public-private partnership with communities spanning 90 countries and outposts in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London. Founded by Ken Allen, Advance fosters a worldwide community of Australians, taps into knowledge far and wide and facilitates global career opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship.