Three things an entrepreneur should know once they’ve decided to pursue the startup life

You have a great idea, and you know you can turn it into a profitable one. But taking the step into startup land is a big deal, and there is a lot that separates the initial seed of your idea and your first sale. With that in mind, here are three tips for entrepreneurs looking to… Continue reading Three things an entrepreneur should know once they’ve decided to pursue the startup life

Car Next Door completes crowdfunding ‘test run’ to close oversubscribed Series B round

From left to right: Car Next Door co-founders Dave Trumbull and Will Davies

Peer-to-peer car sharing platform Car Next Door has completed an oversubscribed Series B funding round with a $5 million capital injection. [Related: Share a ride with Car Next Door’s Will and Dave: the duo challenging car ownership, Car Next Door seeking to double funding to accelerate roll-out of its sharing platform and Car Next Door secures $2.3m in… Continue reading Car Next Door completes crowdfunding ‘test run’ to close oversubscribed Series B round

Three startups to compete for USD$100k in funding at SalesForce’s Sydney Pitchcomp

Robert Wickham, Regional Vice President, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Salesforce APAC

Startups that apply to pitch at the forthcoming Salesforce PitchComp in Sydney are in with a chance to win USD$100,000 in funding from the cloud CRM provider’s investment arm. The competition will be held at the Salesforce World Tour Sydney 2018 event on Tuesday, 6 March and will be judged by a panel of respected investors… Continue reading Three startups to compete for USD$100k in funding at SalesForce’s Sydney Pitchcomp

“In Silicon Valley, success means something much bigger”: startup specialist Colin Kinner

Colin Kinner, entrepreneur coach & startup ecosystem builder

Colin Kinner doesn’t have much patience for the tall poppies of Australia or people who are intellectually dishonest in business. He does, however, have a great deal of time and respect for individuals who take the entrepreneurial plunge and attempt things “nobody else has tried before”. In fact, he’s coached hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs over… Continue reading “In Silicon Valley, success means something much bigger”: startup specialist Colin Kinner

What to know about raising capital

When GO1 raised our first seed round I went into negotiations knowing next to nothing about raising funds. But on the other side of the table, the investors that I spoke to did this every day. And that makes it dangerous. One of our first investors turned out to be a shark. Fortunately for us… Continue reading What to know about raising capital

“There’s no magic bullet, we’ve just had to dive in,” says the CEO of global edutech startup GO1

GO1 founding team (L-R): Vu Tran, Chris Hood, Andrew Barnes & Chris Eigeland

Just as Spotify and Apple have transformed the way people listen to music, Brisbane-based entrepreneur Andrew Barnes envisions his edutech startup GO1 as the way forward for corporate training.   Since launching in 2015, GO1 has amassed over 500,000 users for its SaaS platform, which enables companies, across all sectors, to find, book and track… Continue reading “There’s no magic bullet, we’ve just had to dive in,” says the CEO of global edutech startup GO1

Yes, leadership isn’t rocket science… but who said rocket scientists make effective leaders?

Leadership is a skill that everyone should learn. Saying “everyone is a leader” sounds like a platitude, but it’s true: you don’t need to be a manager to be a leader. If you do manage a team, however, being an effective leader is even more important. Good leadership is probably the single most important skill… Continue reading Yes, leadership isn’t rocket science… but who said rocket scientists make effective leaders?

“We have a huge way to go”: Why Sleeping Duck declined to share their mattress with a shark

Sleeping Duck founders Selvam Sinnappan and Winston Wijeyeratne

The engineers behind rapid-growth mattress startup Sleeping Duck dived into the Shark Tank this week, but surfaced without a deal, after knocking back offers, worth half a million, from both Andrew Banks and Steve Baxter. As they told Dynamic Business, the ‘deal breaker’ wasn’t the equity each shark demanded; rather, they weren’t convinced either could… Continue reading “We have a huge way to go”: Why Sleeping Duck declined to share their mattress with a shark

Steve Baxter reveals how he saved his first start-up, SE Net, $700k networking interstate

In my first business, SE Net, I balked at going to industry conferences interstate. They were expensive, there was no airline competition – Adelaide-Sydney on special was $700 return and you HAD to stay a Saturday night due to local tourist board subsidies! And in general, whilst I had a hand in helping the local Internet… Continue reading Steve Baxter reveals how he saved his first start-up, SE Net, $700k networking interstate

When pitching your start-up to Steve Baxter, don’t use the word ‘give’ or you’ll p*** him off

Steve Baxter and Rove McManus at Quickbooks Connect Sydney 2017

‘Give’. It’s the four-letter word that makes Steve Baxter’s blood boil when he’s being pitched to by a start-up in search of capital. The investor, tech entrepreneur and Shark Tank star discussed his pet peeve at Intuit QuickBooks Connect Sydney 2017, earlier this month, during an entertaining and candid interview with event MC Rove McManus.… Continue reading When pitching your start-up to Steve Baxter, don’t use the word ‘give’ or you’ll p*** him off