Let’s Talk: Flexible Work

Since the inception of the World Wide Web in 1991, technology, business and daily life has changed significantly. Who would have thought that billions of people across the globe would conduct business from the palm of their hand? And with technology rapidly advancing and more and more people seeking flexible work arrangements, it’s no wonder… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Flexible Work

Five ways to kick corporate anxiety to the curb

I’m a firm believer that if you micro-manage or clock watch an employee, you’re setting them up to deliver the bare minimum. I’ve had it done to me. I’ve found myself sitting in front of a disgruntled manager, trying to explain why I was 10 minutes late back from lunch. They were not sympathetic to the… Continue reading Five ways to kick corporate anxiety to the curb

Let’s Talk: Startup/corporate collaborations

Collaborations between startups and corporates can be a fantastic way for the former to build brand credibility and gain scale and for the latter to innovate quickly. Of course, not all collaborations are guaranteed to bear fruit. For this week’s “Let’s Talk…” feature, we asked nearly two dozen thought leaders to identify the key ingredients… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Startup/corporate collaborations

BenchOn raises $650k to tackle staff underuse; CEO reveals how the military shaped his startup

B2B Talent mobility platform BenchOn has raised $650,000 in seed capital to meet market demand for its software solution to employee underutilisation, estimated to cost the Australian economy $305 billion each year in lost productivity. [Related: Can ‘For-Profit’ businesses still have a Social Impact? BenchOn’s founder provides answers and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical… Continue reading BenchOn raises $650k to tackle staff underuse; CEO reveals how the military shaped his startup

BlueChilli partners with Coca-Cola Amatil to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups

Megan Flamer, Program Director for Xcelerate, with Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO of BlueChilli

Fresh from partnering with VC firm Hatcher+ to produce 240 early-stage startups over three years, tech accelerator BlueChilli has teamed with Coca-Cola Amatil to help budding entrepreneurs launch scalable, global tech companies.   [Related: Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes] Up… Continue reading BlueChilli partners with Coca-Cola Amatil to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups

Let’s Talk: Startup founders

A CEO landed himself in some hot water, this week, due to his participation our latest “Let’s Talk…” feature. When asked by Dynamic Business to name a bad habit startup founders need to break, he sent the following response by email… “I’m currently on holidays and upon arriving at my hotel, I asked my wife,… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Startup founders

Is your startup ready to list? There’s more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to funding

The recent trials and tribulations of Australian tech startups Big Un and Get Swift should serve as a timely cautionary tale for many aspiring businesses. Both have recently fallen foul of the ASX’s continuing disclosure requirements and face uncertain futures. While both have earned the ire of shareholders and the regulator for different reasons, their… Continue reading Is your startup ready to list? There’s more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to funding

Can ‘For-Profit’ businesses still have a Social Impact? BenchOn’s founder provides answers

Tim Walmsley, Founder and CEO of BenchOn

‘You can’t make a profit while you are creating social impact, that would be wrong.’ This was a statement made to me by a Year 11 student taking part in an Entrepreneurial Challenge Week, where the students were challenged to develop a social impact business within 5 days. Taken aback, I asked ‘Why?’. The five girls… Continue reading Can ‘For-Profit’ businesses still have a Social Impact? BenchOn’s founder provides answers

Let’s Talk: Culture

Let’s play a game of word association. When I say ‘company culture’… what do you think of? Happy, entrepreneurial employees with meaningful work? Shared values and beliefs? A competitive advantage in terms of recruitment and retention? Table tennis or foosball? Transparent leadership? Perhaps the saying “all talk, no walk” comes to mind… [Related: Why business… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Culture

“I’m still pinching myself”: BlueChilli’s CEO on the deal that will generate 240 tech startups

BlueChilli's CIO Colette Grgic with CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

Leading tech accelerator BlueChilli will create 240 early-stage startups over three years with the aid of a US$125 million fund managed by Singapore-based VC firm Hatcher+. [Related: Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes] Commenting on what the partnership means for BlueChilli,… Continue reading “I’m still pinching myself”: BlueChilli’s CEO on the deal that will generate 240 tech startups