We know wearable technology could one day be truly life-changing and will no doubt replace smartphones in the future, but at the moment it’s languishing somewhere between function and fashion and is falling short of its potential.
Our local fetish with funding rounds are the French Bulldog equivalent of artificial insemination. We are keeping companies alive that perhaps should not be around. With over 100 incubators in the country, we are fast reaching saturation point for synthetically created companies.
There has been a lot of recent discussion surrounding the role of startups, venture capital, Government, STEM education and various other elements that factor into Australia’s ability to be an effective creator of new economic and societal value. However, a large portion of the content has been fixated on certain inadequacies that currently inhibit our ability to execute innovation regularly at meaningful scale.
The Quantified Employee could be the ultimate in employee personalisation. By understanding our strengths, our weaknesses, our context, our productivity cycles and everything else in between, I’d argue that we should be able to optimise ourselves to deliver the most value in the time that we’re given.
Last week, 25 startup entrepreneurs represented Australia at the annual Conference for the International Exchange of Professionals, a technology and talent conference in Shenzhen, China. The conference is the only international event in China that caters specifically to foreign experts in technology and innovation.
This is a seminal moment in time for Australia.
Technological disruption is accelerating and impacting every industry without regard to social consequences. Industries that account for almost a third of Australia’s GDP today are on the firing line, challenged by companies using technology to leverage their global scale, access new datasets, erase industry boundaries and invent new industries.
Over the last six weeks the number of horror stories about companies not achieving the funding they should reasonably expect has led me to grab the pen on this early Sunday morning. Below you’ll see the top FIVE mistakes that commonly trips up the best laid plans of mice and men!
If you operate your startup from home, you may be able to claim some (or all) of your home office expenses as a tax deduction in your tax return. These expenses can include rent, electricity, furniture, equipment, and more.
Last week, a small group of us got to tune into a live stream from New York. Peter Thiel was launching his new book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Many things were discussed from disruption models to the future of sustainable food.
When you’re starting a company, time and resources are limited, and your budget may not extend to a PR agency or full time communications professional. In my experience, what you do need is to draw from the inner growth engine that you’ll find in the best PR professionals – hustle.
Startup founders should be looking for on-brand employees with passion, excitement and a desire to follow the leader. Leave drones with no dreams to the corporate world.
For many, at least here in Australia, the reality of your startup endeavour is one that will be tackled part time. So how do you go from being a consultant, marketing manager, engineer, lawyer or saleswoman, to being a CEO?
As manager of Student Entrepreneur Development at UNSW, I am often asked about the best way for students to learn ‘entrepreneurship.’ The answer, in my opinion, is by actually being an entrepreneur: by founding and running a startup in tandem with studying a degree, and actually encountering the same challenges, risks, and rewards as a real entrepreneur.
You have to hand it to Apple, they have absolutely nailed the customer experience, from the moment we receive that weighty white box (that screams ‘premium’) to the moment we turn on our gleaming new iPhones, our experience with Apple is a series of ‘wow’ after ‘wow’.