Brains Trust

Why self-improvement will enhance your startup

- January 9, 2014 4 MIN READ

It’s the time of year where we naturally look forward and envisage what could be. Resolutions get tossed around and rarely fall where we hope, leaving us to dream again – same time next year. As the driving force behind a small business we are in an interesting position. As our personal capacity grows, so to does our business’s – so planning to ‘be a better you’ isn’t just about self-esteem. Self-improvement will have a very real impact on the strength of your business.

News & Analysis

Mobile advertising network LeadBolt set to outrank Google

- November 12, 2013 4 MIN READ

Award-winning mobile advertising network LeadBolt is rapidly moving up the ranks, sitting at number three of the most-used mobile advertising solution by app developers on the Android system. Serving five billion ads a month in over 100 countries across 40,000 apps, LeadBolt proves Australian companies are fit to compete on the global stage.

News & Analysis

Plan B declares war on corporate travel agents

- November 6, 2013 7 MIN READ

Three years ago, two Melbourne entrepreneurs frustrated with the costs involved with booking corporate travel decided to embark on Plan B – a cheaper solution. Rather than paying corporate travel agents unnecessary fees, Plan B’s innovative technology allows business owners to arrange their own flights.


CEO of Invitbox talks about world-first data extraction technology

- September 16, 2013 4 MIN READ

No more paper bills or data entry ever again with Invitbox – the world’s first cloud-based data-extraction solution for bills that allows business owners to approve and file bills easily. CEO of the startup, Roger Gregg, shared with Shoe String the genesis, development and success of Invitbox over a period of two years since its launch.

News & Analysis

High on business: Marijuanettes rapidly gaining popularity in the US

- August 8, 2013 3 MIN READ

Only two days after the American states of Washington and Colorado voted to regulate marijuana the same as alcohol on November 6, 2012, Prohibition Brands was born. The business now specialises in the manufacturing, licensing, and distribution of consumable marijuana smoking products; and has experienced rapid growth in just nine months since its inception.


Q&A with Fred Schebesta Founder of

- August 8, 2013 2 MIN READ

Fred Schebesta, 32, is Co-Founder of, Australia’s leading financial-product comparison website. In the last six years, since entering the comparison market – one of the most highly competitive internet categories in Australia – Schebesta developed growth strategies so successful that Finder now that attracts over 250,000 unique comparisons every month. Here’s what he had to say about his entrepreneurial journey and business growth.