Opinion

5 ways to value a pre-revenue startup

- November 12, 2019 4 MIN READ

  Traditional methods of valuing a business often assume the firm is a “going concern” with a track record of performance, or has solid forward projections upon which to rely.  In many instances established valuation methods simply could not be applied to a start-up scenario.  In response, different methods were developed, including five we discuss… Read more »

Opinion

Why founders need to be fit for success

- November 8, 2019 3 MIN READ

  What is it that makes it possible for certain founders to build global companies like Atlassian, Canva and Airwallex, when so many fail? It’s the multi-billion dollar question facing every startup sector across the world. It’s not just about having a viable idea, because many evolve considerably from their conception to when they go… Read more »

Opinion

3 key people who help women succeed in business

- October 31, 2019 3 MIN READ

We often hear that one of the most important drivers of a woman’s success is marrying the right person. Studies show that people who end up with reliable partners tend to perform better at work, earn more promotions, make more money and in general, feel more satisfied with their jobs. Yet there are other people… Read more »

Opinion

How to take back control in the digital era

- October 24, 2019 4 MIN READ

  Getting the right balance of social media in our lives is a responsibility we all must face says Vamp’s Aaron Brooks   If I asked you how much sleep you should get every night, you’d be able to answer. Or how many pieces of fruit and vegetables you should eat and how many steps… Read more »

Opinion

Why startups and innovation are the future for NSW

- October 23, 2019 2 MIN READ

Spark Festival has kicked off and it’s a great time for startups and entrepreneurs to access advice, support and connection in a like-minded community. It can be daunting to leave behind the security of a nine-to-five job to bring a unique business idea to life in the unpredictable landscape of the startup world. For those… Read more »

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Why a ‘growth mindset’ is important for dealing with stress and mental health

- October 21, 2019 3 MIN READ

From co-founder break-ups to startup burn-out, the path of the founder can be fraught with stress. A study conducted by American researcher Michael Freeman suggests that even before founders set-up shop they have a pre-existing vulnerability to stress. His 2015 study of 242 entrepreneurs found that a higher proportion of founders reported a lifetime history… Read more »

Opinion

How fintech put customers back at banking’s core

- October 17, 2019 3 MIN READ

The traditional banking sector has well and truly been disrupted. In a recent PwC report on how fintech is shaping financial services, it estimates the cumulative global investment in the space could exceed 150 billion over the next few years. So, what exactly is it that fintech is bringing to the table to warrant all… Read more »

Opinion

ONE YEAR ON: PledgeMe boss Anna Guenther reviews 12 months of equity crowdfunding for startups in Australia

- October 14, 2019 3 MIN READ

A lot can change in 12 months. In September 2017 new laws came into effect legalising equity crowdfunding. It allowed publicly unlisted companies to harness the power of their crowd. But this wasn’t for the many. Just 1% of businesses were able to access the fundraising approach. The 99% that were registered proprietary companies were… Read more »

Opinion

An introvert’s guide to working with introverts

- October 8, 2019 3 MIN READ

Working with introverts can be frustrating for people who are naturally outgoing. For them, being around people is energizing. For introverts, it’s draining – especially in the workplace. It’s also challenging for us introverts to encounter so many different personalities at work, many of whom are extroverted. I often find myself thinking, “How do these… Read more »