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Startups left behind in the Asian Century

- January 7, 2013 4 MIN READ

The Asian Century whitepaper was supposed to be the Australian Labor Party’s landmark answer to the emerging economies of Asia, particularly that of China, Japan, India, South Korea and Indonesia. It was to be our roadmap and response to the fact that within only a few years, Asia will be both the world’s largest producer and consumer of goods and services.

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Female Equality, are we doing it wrong?

- January 4, 2013 2 MIN READ

Last year on this site we started a “women” section – but I have always had a love / hate relationship with the section since we launched it. Because part of me has always thought that it alienates the female readers – why should an opinion piece written by a woman go into the “say something” section like the rest of the opinion columns?


The key ingredients for successful subscription commerce companies

- December 14, 2012 3 MIN READ

Subscription commerce seems to be skyrocketing lately. Customers pay a monthly subscription to be entitled to use services, buy cheaper products or receive goods each month. It’s proving to be hugely successful for many companies and this is resulting in well-known business models reinventing themselves to offer a similar service. If you are looking to jump on the subscription commerce band wagon you will need to be aware of the necessary criteria that you’ll need to make it a success.


Marketing Optimisation: Stop the Leaks

- December 5, 2012 2 MIN READ

A lot of people I‘ve met over the years get excited about finding the next big thing. For instance, I was chatting with a guy the other day who already had an established business, but was doing all this new internet stuff, building dozens of web sites, and after several years was pulling something like $400 a month for all his efforts.


A Little Rant

- November 30, 2012 2 MIN READ

A lot about this world upsets me. One thing that really gets me is the massive pressure small business is under. The government wants small business to revitalise the economy and create jobs however there are very few entrepreneurs in government.

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Done is better than perfect

- October 25, 2012 2 MIN READ

Facebook had this quote painted across their wall. As a self-confessed perfectionist, it sent shivers down my spine. What do you mean “Done is better than PERFECT?? HOW??” I’ve learned something though. When it comes to getting your ideas off the ground, this phrase may very well be true! Even worse, deep down I think I always knew perfection was unrealistic and unhealthy (it’s called denial).


An Open Letter to EVERY Politician …

- August 20, 2012 2 MIN READ

When I go and cast my vote on election day, I vote based on what you say you are going to deliver to the community, what problems you are going to fix and who I find the most inspiring. However EVERY election at all levels that I have voted in since I was able to legally vote at the age of 18 has left me on the whole, feeling … well disappointed.


Hire People more Experienced, Smarter and just Generally Better than You!

- July 24, 2012 2 MIN READ

If you have a vision and passion for a business, you make it bigger than yourself and you aim for the best even when it means hiring people who are better than you. Here is an opportunity to put the ego aside and learn. Lose your ego and understand that as the founder you need to build the strongest possible team around you. Look for people who bring complementary skill-sets to your business and know more than you in particular areas.


Should Media & Business be Biased around public Campaigns?

- June 6, 2012 2 MIN READ

I was really trying not to let this one annoy me, but the Australian Christian Lobby campaign against Sunrise and Marie Claire’s support of “I Do” day this Thursday really had me thinking about something today – Is it ok for Media to support public causes and campaigns or should we always try to remain neutral on such matters?


The Small Business Party? #Auspol

- May 3, 2012 2 MIN READ

There is a change coming and it is starting at a local level, last night the “Living Sydney” party of independents had their launch and declared that they will be running against Clover Moore in the upcoming local elections. All of them are small business owners from different industries and at the heart are fighting for small business.


Steve Jobs, The Edison of his Time.

- October 7, 2011 1 MIN READ

Yesterday saw the passing of the iconic Steve Jobs. The following blog post is a personal reflection of an inspiring individual who is responsible for some of the greatest inventions of our time.


Gen Y the Throw Away Generation?

- September 25, 2011 2 MIN READ

“Today’s young entrepreneurs have unbridled self-belief. This is not so much hubris as a bratty sense of entitlement.” – This is how a recent article was started by Leo D’Angelo Fisher started in a recent special list issue of BRW Magazine. It is important to note that it was part of a page where two reporters had differing opinions on the young entrepreneurs of today and was most probably designed to provoke a reaction with the cross section of readers the magazine has.


Is Dick Smith just a Dick Head?

- September 14, 2011 2 MIN READ

Yesterday media outlets revealed Aussie entrepreneur, business man and philanthropist Dick Smith’s plans to start naming and shaming those wealthy Australian’s that do not donate to Charity. Quoted as saying that he is going to “out these people, they’re going to be embarrassed”.