Business strategy

8 systems entrepreneurs need to have in place to make their startup scalable

- April 2, 2024 3 MIN READ

In our journey through the business world, we often encounter hurdles that test our resolve, creativity, and strategic thinking. Transitioning from corporate burnout to building a six-figure business within a year, I learnt the indispensable role of essential systems in achieving scalability and profitability. I want to take some time to share with you the… Read more »

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Business strategy

How Apple taught Sony a critical lesson about disruption – and how to avoid it happening to you

- January 2, 2024 3 MIN READ

It’s reasonable to imagine that if you’ve grown up in an industry, perhaps worked in one or two companies within it over two or three decades, and been regularly promoted into more senior roles, that you might self-identify as an industry expert. After all, you’ve probably seen it all right? asks Adam Bennett author of… Read more »

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Business strategy

If you’re an early-stage startup looking to raise, a VC investor explains why it might be time to think about a party round

- September 19, 2023 3 MIN READ

You’re a startup raising capital between pre-seed and Series A and struggling to find a lead investor – have you thought about a party round? But before we start the party, let me explain the purpose of a lead investor. When you typically raise capital there is one investor who takes the lead in the… Read more »

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Business strategy

Why you need to make yourself redundant in your startup to scale 

- July 6, 2023 3 MIN READ

In 2006, the Victorian State Government ran a program called Business Continuity. The program addressed the devastating impacts a 10-year drought was having on hundreds of small businesses in regional communities. Businesses undertook a SWOT analysis, were reviewed against their strategy, financials, and then given a plan to help generate cashflow. A year later, the… Read more »

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Business strategy

A VC offers advice on 8 strategies for founders in challenging times

- May 16, 2023 3 MIN READ

I recently returned from Silicon Valley where I had insightful conversations with a diverse range of founders and investors. These discussions shed light on the challenges faced by technology startups in the current funding landscape. With venture capitalists (VCs) taking longer to respond and valuations subdued, it is crucial for founders to approach these obstacles… Read more »


The government wants to know what you think about robotics

- April 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

The federal government has issued a discussion paper on the development of a new National Robotics Strategy to better understand the opportunities and challenges for Australian industries adopting robotics and automation. Industry and science minister Ed Husic said the discussion paper will help guide a conversation on growing the production and responsible use of robotics… Read more »

Business strategy

Startmate boss Michael Batko asked 15 leading startup founders ‘how do you CEO?’ – here’s what he learnt

- January 31, 2023 14 MIN READ

Startmate CEO Michael Batko spent nine months talking to 15 Australian startup founders, from unicorns such as Mr Yum and Culture Amp, to Brighte, Forage, 5B and Mintable. He published those interviews on his substack (see below for the links). Batko then took all he learnt and summarised their insights into “how to CEO” below.… Read more »

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Global tech

Tech Council releases roadmap to make Australia the regional hub for great tech businesses

- September 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

Lobby group The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) is looking to take the battle up to Singapore, China and Japan in making Australia the regional tech hub for the Asia-Pacific region, attracting global players to the country.  A new report commissioned by the TCA, Turning Australia into a Regional Tech Hub, outlines the existing strengths… Read more »

Business strategy

How to win with a value-based business strategy

- August 9, 2022 4 MIN READ

I recently took part in a one-day workshop on business strategy. Run by Harvard Business School professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee, he outlined a framework for how companies can achieve more by doing less and argues whether you’re a large business with multiple product lines or a startup that’s chasing a burgeoning market opportunity, by following a… Read more »