Why the federal government’s merger plans are bad news for startups

- May 1, 2024 3 MIN READ

Australia’s startup industry is entitled to ask itself what are the government’s expectations when it comes to technology? While some of the government’s moves around Big Tech have been encouraging, proposed changes to mergers and acquisitions requirements will likely have a chilling effect on dealmaking and investment in our local startup industry.  What’s happened? Last… Read more »

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Blackbird-backed Kiki’s cofounder is now rebuilding the short-term rental startup one coffee at a time

- April 17, 2024 3 MIN READ

The New York-based cofounder of New Zealand subletting startup Kiki, Toby Thomas-Smith, is blunt in his own performance assessment. “When we launched Kiki.nyc last year I fucked up,” he’s written on LinkedIn, after the business shuttered its New York launch after 3 months, only to revive it late last month amid controversy over plans to… Read more »

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Business strategy

The founder’s dilemma: what to focus on now – and next?

- January 22, 2024 6 MIN READ

‘Reformed’ founder turned academic, Chris Edwards,  analyses the most prevalent startup failure factor. In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s more important than ever to put customers first. But how do you find the time to do that when you’re running a startup or small business, where seemingly everyone and everything is vying for your time and… Read more »

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Business strategy

The lessons companies can learn from the cloud’s arrival when it comes to embracing generative AI

- June 23, 2023 4 MIN READ

By nature, startups are used to being the disruptors; the ‘fast movers’ that challenge the inertia of bigger organisations, finding ways to embed themselves and helping others to innovate, adapt and progress faster. But what happens when even faster tech threatens to disrupt even the disruptors?   Leaders today face a velocity of change that exceeds… Read more »

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Business strategy

Techstars boss Kirstin Hunter on the 5 most common mistakes early-stage startup founders make

- May 16, 2023 5 MIN READ

Kirstin Hunter, the managing director of Techstars Tech Central Sydney, knows how it feels to navigate the chaos and ambiguity of running a startup. As co-founder and former CEO of Future Super, former Chief People, Risk and Legal Officer at Brighte, and former Chief of Staff at Human, she has lived it from the inside, several times over.… Read more »


Bright Sparks: Kicking any recession to the curb

- October 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

Don’t let all this talk of a looming global recession put the brakes on your new venture. On the contrary, now is the time to get busy building. Make sure you’re doing it right though with these “how to” style Spark Festival events in the final week of the festival.   Future-proofing Your Startup Through… Read more »


It’s OK to keep losing money at your startup, but here’s the question every investor will want you to answer

- September 13, 2022 4 MIN READ

While much digital ink has been spilt in recent months discussing the state of the global economy, its impact on the valuations of listed tech companies and the funding environment for startups, a chunk of companies continues to receive new investment. Investors have become more circumspect about the growth plans put forward by founders, spending… Read more »


Workplace strategy execution startup Empiraa raises $637,000 seed round with a strategy that avoids VC

- December 13, 2021 2 MIN READ

A management strategy startup its founder says will help executives “fight fires before they happen” has raised $637,000 in a seed round several months before it launches. Empiraa was founded by Ash Brown after he worked as a senior manager in three businesses and realised that the teams never had an effective platform to manage… Read more »