Opinion

How an Australian female startup founder’s funding search led to Silicon Valley’s ‘casting couch’

- July 31, 2019 4 MIN READ

Charlie Thompson (left), with her Clean Collective co-founders Charli Ferrand and Georgia Lawson. Photo: supplied.   It’s no secret that raising funds as a female founder is tough. A Boston Consulting Group survey concluded that just 2% of venture capital funding reaches female-led companies – a statistic made louder last week by Kim Jackson passionately… Read more »

Opinion

3 big trends in Australian tech

- July 25, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Australia has long been renowned for having a resilient economy, and it’s seen a big shift over the past decade.  Local and federal governments are now significantly investing in technology through various initiatives, helping our local economy flourish, especially via innovation. A multitude of technology incubators and coworking spaces are emerging all over the… Read more »

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Why Google Optimize offers boundless opportunities for Australian companies  

- July 23, 2019 3 MIN READ

Brands that are failing to run controlled website and mobile app experiments in order to understand their customers and convert impressions into transactions are falling behind. Research from Forrester supports this, revealing that the cohort who embed experimentation into their business will earn 1.8 trillion dollars by 2021 and grow eight times faster than the… Read more »

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How to launch an Australian startup in the US

- July 19, 2019 3 MIN READ

    With a population of over 327 million people, the largest economy in the world, and a market that is distinctly English-speaking, the United States is a lucrative market for Australian startups. However, it is not as simple as wanting to expand an Aussie company to America — there are a lot of inside… Read more »

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Why breaking rules is the key to success in a startup

- July 16, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Members of the Draper Venture Network – an alliance of independent venture capital firms – gathered in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil recently to learn about the region’s entrepreneurial communities. We met with top-performing billion-dollar companies and government officials, and as investors we discussed the critical success factors and commonalities observed in the outstanding founders… Read more »

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How one startup founder left her job and decided bootstrapping her idea was the best way to fund it

- July 12, 2019 2 MIN READ

‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’, but when there is a lack of funding, grant options are often awarded retrospectively, and venture capital money doesn’t come as easily as some people think, how do startups in Australia actually fund their startup dreams?  Entrepreneurs are turning to bootstrapping. To ‘bootstrap’ is a term to start a… Read more »

Opinion

How to stand out as a woman in the tech crowd

- July 11, 2019 4 MIN READ

Designerex co-founder Kirsten Kore As a woman in the tech industry, you may find yourself being the only one in the crowd. One of the first things I find myself doing when I walk into the conferences and meet-ups, is look around to find my fellow female founders. Thankfully, there are more and more of… Read more »

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The 4 pillars you need to build a successful business

- July 9, 2019 2 MIN READ

  It’s hard to build a successful small business – let’s get that out on the table right from the start.  The small business graveyard is littered with dead bodies of the hundreds of millions that dared venture before you, originally filled with crazy hopes, dreams and aspirations. These googly eyes most likely blinded them… Read more »

Opinion

Do scientists make good startup entrepreneurs?

- July 5, 2019 2 MIN READ

    All entrepreneurs face challenges bringing their ideas to market, and founders with an academic background are no different. However, this particular group of individuals – immersed in ground-breaking science and engineering-based research – must learn to shift their mindset from researcher to entrepreneur to succeed in the world of startups. Starting and scaling… Read more »

Opinion

5 things you need to have a successful business partnership

- June 28, 2019 2 MIN READ

Second Squared business partners Lui Pangiarellia and Ak Sabbagh   Nothing is of more importance to a successful business than working with the right people. When it comes to partnerships, that’s even more crucial. The person you work with can make or break your business, your prosperity, and by extension, your wellbeing. So, the stakes… Read more »