STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

THOSE who own startups will know that there are many essential qualities of a good entrepreneur; their tenacity, financial maturity and a flair for networking to name a few.

However, one business commentator believes that the real substance of a successful entrepreneur boils down to having a high level of emotional intelligence.

Chris Goli...

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THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, Griffiths sat on a toilet in a warehouse and refused to move until Who Gives A Crap raised enough pre-orders of environmentally friendly toilet paper to start production.

In 50 hours, the team reached its target by raising $...

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MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

IT'S BEEN 10 years in the planning and had at least 10 different architects and has involved the acquisition of multiple properties, and now the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Rialto tower precinct is almost complete.

The $200 million redevelopment has breathed new life into the CBD and the Rialto precinct covers more than 8...

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THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE story of how Anthony McDonough's men's skin care range dates back 20 years when he was living in Russia in minus 35C temperatures and every product he used to try and moisturise just made his skin more irritated.

It took a while to act on this, but in 2012 McDonough decided to make the leap and start his own skin care brand.

He...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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HOW NICK BELL BUILT AND SOLD A $39M COMPANY

HOW NICK BELL BUILT AND SOLD A $39M COMPANY

FROM humble beginnings in 2008 with just $400 to his name to a sale price of $39 million, Australian entrepreneur Nick Bell now has one of those classic "built-it-from-nothing" stories that are the envy of many in the business world.

He sold his digital marketing company, WME Group, to ASX listed Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) as one of Aus...

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CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

PEER-TO-PEER car sharing startup Car Next Door has launched its Brisbane operation as part of its expansion plans into Australia's major cities.

CarNextDoor.com.au is an online platform that allows car owners to effectively rent their cars out to users as a way of making money on the idle capacity of their vehicles to people who need them...

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FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

WHEN Eoin Daniels arrived in Australia with nothing but a suitcase, a working holiday visa and a passion for carpentry, he didn't expect that in just over a decade's time he would be running his own national company. Around 13 years ago, Daniels was fresh off the plane from Ireland when he secured his first job in Sydney with a lo...

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JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

BOOST Juice founder Janine Allis spent some time 'winging it' before building a world-class business.

Born in the 'burbs and from humble beginnings, Allis (pictured) partied with rock stars in her twenties in the south of France before finding her calling.

Across almost two decades in business, Allis has just survived, a...

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KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

FOR Kay Koplovitz, the key to being a successful entrepreneur is an agile mind - one that is always learning and quick to take on board new insights.

It's what Koplovitz looks for in candidates for the female focused scale-up incubator she founded, Springboard Enterprises, which has mentored 642 entrepreneurs since the year 2000.

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HOW TO CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH A DIGITAL STRATEGY

HOW TO CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH A DIGITAL STRATEGY

WHEN Adam Laurie and Robert Dalessandro (pictured) bought wastewater treatment business Cleanawater in 2011, they had to Google what its products were and how they worked.

The Digital360 founders knew nothing about the business, but that was part of the plan because Cleanawater was a living, working case study into how digital technology coul...

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FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

DESPITE the fast-growing number of women studying STEM subjects at school and university, women continue to be underrepresented as tech entrepreneurs, and that is something the Springboard Accelerator Bootcamp is aiming to change.

Springboard is an entrepreneur accelerator for women that was founded in the United States 16 years ago and ...

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ENTREPRENEUR'S NEW VENTURE SWEET AS 'HONEE'

ENTREPRENEUR'S NEW VENTURE SWEET AS 'HONEE'

A MELBOURNE entrepreneur hailing from the food tech scene has launched a new venture to change the face of beauty. After recognising the proliferation of beauty and wellness, Matt Jones (pictured) decided to shift gears and apply his tech pedigree to the industry. He secured more than $500,000 from investors to fund Honee - an online ...

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WHY DAILY JOCKS IS THE PERFECT E-COMMERCE PACKAGE

WHY DAILY JOCKS IS THE PERFECT E-COMMERCE PACKAGE

WHAT started as an underwear blog has become a multi-million dollar business for Melbourne entrepreneur Nicholas Egonidis.

In its fourth year, Daily Jocks ships around 9,000 pieces of underwear each month, with 6,000 of those to subscribers to its monthly underwear service. That equates to a revenue of around AUD$3 million annually.

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HUB AUSTRALIA BOOSTS MELBOURNE'S CO-WORKING SCENE

HUB AUSTRALIA BOOSTS MELBOURNE'S CO-WORKING SCENE

HUB Australia has launched the largest co-working space in Victoria, after tripling its footprint in Melbourne. Hub Southern Cross occupies two floors of the Mail Exchange building on the corner of Spencer and Bourke Streets with space for up to 700 members. Hub Australia founder and CEO Brad Krauskopf (pictured) says the co-working i...

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EDUCATION TECH START UP XPLOR FAST TRACKS GROWTH WITH $6 MILLION IN FUNDING

EDUCATION TECH START UP XPLOR FAST TRACKS GROWTH WITH $6 MILLION IN FUNDING

WHEN Mark Woodland (pictured), CEO of Xplor, left the armed forces to help out his mother's childcare centre, he quickly realised the extent of the administrative and regulatory work involved in the day-to-day running of a childcare facility. He also noticed a number of inefficiencies which could be circumvented with the right technology.

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MENTORLOOP RAISES $300,000 IN SEED FUNDING

MENTORLOOP RAISES $300,000 IN SEED FUNDING

MENTORING is acknowledged as a vital part of career development, but even some of the most well-run businesses struggle to do it right.

This was an issue that long-time Melbourne-based friends Heidi Holmes and Lucy Loyd identified, and then targeted with a new cloud-based software offering named Mentorloop.

Having recently raised $300,000 ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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VANTAGE AIMS TO CAPTURE THE AUSSIE SPIRIT

VANTAGE AIMS TO CAPTURE THE AUSSIE SPIRIT

VANTAGE Australia has taken a bigger swig of the beverage market with what it hopes will become the nation's drink of choice. Distilled in Melbourne, Spirit of a Nation is not classified as a vodka, gin or rum, but as a botanical white spirit with an alcohol volume of 37 per cent. The drink takes its inspiration from native bushla...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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HAGGLING BUSINESS LAUNCHES ONLINE

HAGGLING BUSINESS LAUNCHES ONLINE

HAGGLING has just entered the 21st century. 

A Melbourne e-commerce business has developed 'live negotiating technology' and launched a suite of real time haggling websites.

Haggle'n'Handshake's 'Haggler' platforms which include health and wine marketplaces let sellers and customers negotiate directly on pr...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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ROLLD DEVELOPS AN APPETITE FOR EXPANSION

ROLLD DEVELOPS AN APPETITE FOR EXPANSION

BAO Hoang has an appetite for growth that's taken his rice paper roll empire across Australia and soon the Philippines. The former physiotherapist teamed up with banker Ray Esquieres to remodel an Italian café and take his mum's cooking to the masses. The friends enlisted Hoang's cousin Tin Ly to bring hospitality e...

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COLD ROCK KING PICKS UP HEALTHY HABITS

COLD ROCK KING PICKS UP HEALTHY HABITS

MELBOURNE hospitality group Franchised Food Company, the crew behind Cold Rock and Mr Whippy, has acquired Healthy Habits.

Franchised Food Company picked up Healthy Habits from Dymocks Group.

Stan Gordon, founder and CEO of Franchised Food Company, says this marks a new era for his business which specialises in the 'fun treats market...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

WHAT am I looking for on Shark Tank? In actual fact, I am looking for 'who' rather than 'what'.

The product or service has to be market relevant but I am more interested in the capability of the entrepreneur. Exceptional entrepreneurs take companies on exceptional journeys and I am looking for people who I want to work wi...

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BEAUTY QUEEN EYES CHINA

BEAUTY QUEEN EYES CHINA

NOW turning over around $15 million, Adore Beauty founder Kate Morris still vividly remembers Vogue and the big brands laughing at her plans to launch an online-only Australian beauty store.

Melbourne-based Morris expects a turnover of between $15 to $16 million this financial year, up 70 per cent from last year.

This figure will ...

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INGOGO BEATS UBER TO FIXED FARES

INGOGO BEATS UBER TO FIXED FARES

IF price is stopping you, taxis will switch to fixed fares as of today thanks to fintech innovator ingogo.

The system available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide is doing away with traditional metered fares, letting customers book fixed fare cabs from today.

It will be the first Australian taxi booking service and a...

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TOP STARTUP ACCELERATOR LURED DOWN UNDER

TOP STARTUP ACCELERATOR LURED DOWN UNDER

ONE of the world's top startup accelerators is heading to Australia to help local startup entrepreneurs expand and grow their businesses. MassChallenge has partnered with the Australian Government and Microsoft Australia to strengthen the nation's startup ecosystem through idea-pitching competitions, startup boot camps and local a...

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