Opinion

Mark Twain, money and the math show why business should focus on diversity over merit

- February 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

  By now, you’ve probably heard that Goldman Sachs is no longer taking companies public if they don’t have any underrepresented board members. You’ve probably also heard about the corresponding kerfuffle in the Sydney Startups group: investors recycled the standard sexist and racist (and everything else -ist) dog whistles about “merit” to criticise the change,… Read more »

Opinion

THE MYTH OF MERITOCRACY: Science says any massive business success you’ve had is largely thanks to luck

- February 14, 2020 4 MIN READ

Bestselling business books promise to teach you the winning formula and reveal the secrets of success. But the inconvenient truth is that exceptional successes in business are largely based on luck. No rule exists for achieving exceptional performance because it usually requires doing something different or novel and there can be no recipe for such… Read more »

Opinion

New Zealanders bought nearly as many electric cars as Australians last year – and government policies made a big difference

- February 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

A total of 6718 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2019. That’s three times as many as in 2018, but it’s still small beer. More than a million fossil-fueled light vehicles (including SUVs and utes) were sold in the same period. The sales figures were published in the wake of UK Prime Minister Boris… Read more »

Opinion

How to make Australian entrepreneurship go viral

- February 7, 2020 3 MIN READ

I believe that entrepreneurship needs to be normal and desirable for all Australians. I believe we need Australians starting new Australian companies, that use technology to grow quickly, that employ Australians, that export from Australia, that pay taxes in Australia, that are subject to Australian laws, and that create a prosperous future Australia. These companies… Read more »

Opinion

How to think beyond the pitch

- February 4, 2020 3 MIN READ

Pitch competitions are an ecosystem darling for a number of reasons. They provide startups with additional opportunities for exposure and capital and help ensure founders can effectively communicate their business in a short amount of time, including to audiences that might not be familiar with their industry or sector. They also provide a way for… Read more »

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The end is nigh for websites

- January 31, 2020 3 MIN READ

If you tell me you’re creating a website for your startup, I’ll ask you if your dial-up internet and fax machine are installed too. You might think I’m exaggerating, because well, I am. But only a little bit. That’s because dial-up internet was once seen as the cutting edge development of a digitally empowered business,… Read more »

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Australia now has a National Digital ID – and big changes are afoot

- January 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has spent more than A$200 million over the past five years developing a National Digital ID platform. If successful, the project could streamline commerce, resolve bureaucratic quagmires, and improve national security. The emerging results of the project may give the Australian public cause for concern. Two mobile apps… Read more »