International expansion may be vital for growth; but do you have what it takes?

Christelle Damiens, Managing Director of Exportia

For some businesses, expanding overseas is considered a vital component to their growth strategy. And it’s not hard to understand why. After all, they’re opening the door to a new [and often much larger] pool of customers and revenue. But if only it were that simple. Sure – the sky is the limit where those… Continue reading International expansion may be vital for growth; but do you have what it takes?

5 start-up branding mistakes to avoid

“The biggest mistakes that tech startups make is trying to reinvent the wheel.”  (Andrew Bosworth, Global Director of Engineering, Facebook) Ever spent time building a product or tool only to find it already exists? Was it because you didn’t seek out, or have access to guidance and advice? Reinventing the wheel in this way is… Continue reading 5 start-up branding mistakes to avoid

Leading business experts share their insights on growing a business at GrowthCon 2016

A crowd of business leaders aspiring to take their businesses to the next level gathered yesterday for the inaugural GrowthCon event at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel. The brainchild of Martin Martinez, who founded and grew the Australian Poker League (APL) from a “one-bedroom operation” into a 50-million-dollar enterprise, the event brought together ten of Australia’s leading… Continue reading Leading business experts share their insights on growing a business at GrowthCon 2016

First hire considerations for the entrepreneur

There comes a point when you can no longer go it alone. Forget flying solo. The time has come for your first hire, but there are so many considerations before you dive in. It’s early days for your business and you’re wondering if a new person is the growth you need. If it’s time for… Continue reading First hire considerations for the entrepreneur

How Atlassian built a $4.4 billion business without sales staff

The story of Atlassian is the perfect tech startup fairy tale; two humble guys from Sydney bootstrap a company with a $10,000 credit card and pull off a successful IPO with a market cap of $4.4 billion (USD). Although, contrary to the hopes of many Australian entrepreneurs, the success of Atlassian doesn’t ride on the… Continue reading How Atlassian built a $4.4 billion business without sales staff

From refrigeration to luxury yachts: it’s not always necessary to stick to what you know

Bruce Scott, Co-owner of Whitehaven Motor Yachts

There’s a school of thought in business that suggests you should stick to what you know. According to one article, paying heed to this tenet will increase your chances of success as you take benefit from the insight, networks, and ‘rules of thumb’ you’ve spent years developing. You’re more likely to navigate through all the… Continue reading From refrigeration to luxury yachts: it’s not always necessary to stick to what you know

The challenges of importing skills to drive innovation

Australia is lagging behind in the innovation stakes, ranking 17th for 2 years running in the Global Innovation Index 2015. We are being overtaken by the likes of New Zealand and even smaller markets like Luxembourg amongst a range of criteria, such as business sophistication, infrastructure, human capital and research and creative outputs, amongst others.… Continue reading The challenges of importing skills to drive innovation

7 Survival tips to avoid common business mistakes

Growing a business is a special talent, part science, part art and doing it well can be one of the most rewarding life experiences. It can also spell financial disaster from which it is very difficult to recover, when things don’t go well. In this article we discuss 5 common mistakes made by businesses. Cash Flow Cash… Continue reading 7 Survival tips to avoid common business mistakes

Why do so many entrepreneurs fail to execute their ideas?

As the world becomes smaller and technology more powerful, an ever-increasing number of people are being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Against a general background of economic uncertainty, the idea of taking charge and becoming the captain of your own ship is an incredibly appealing one. There is, however, something of a chasm between the… Continue reading Why do so many entrepreneurs fail to execute their ideas?