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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NORTHROP & JOHNSON SUPERYACHTS SAIL INTO SYDNEY

NORTHROP & JOHNSON SUPERYACHTS SAIL INTO SYDNEY

A YEAR ago, Cameron Bray (pictured) forged an alliance with one of the world's top superyacht charter brands, and now his Gold Coast-based company is once again gearing up for a major period of growth. Bray's luxury yacht brokerage business Northrop & Johnson is set to sail ahead of the competition as the company sets up its f...

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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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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FAVOURITE HOMEBODII DEBUTS AT DAVID JONES

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FAVOURITE HOMEBODII DEBUTS AT DAVID JONES

MOTIVATED to capture the Mother's Day market in style, lace and bridal loungewear boutique brand homebodii has made its David Jones debut. Homebodii designs have officially launched online and in its flagship David Jones store at Elizabeth Street in Sydney. The Gold Coast-based brand founded in 2011 by fashion designer Ingrid Bonn...

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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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COZIGO FOUNDER EMMA LOVELL SHARES HER STARTUP WISDOM

COZIGO FOUNDER EMMA LOVELL SHARES HER STARTUP WISDOM

WHEN CoziGo founder, Emma Lovell, decided she wanted to make a sleep and sun cover for strollers and airline bassinets, she did not really know what kind of a ride she was in for.

"I had absolutely no production experience, no retail experience or design background and no contacts in the industry. I can't draw either so it was really...

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GROUPTOGETHER A GIFT FOR TIME-POOR PARENTS

GROUPTOGETHER A GIFT FOR TIME-POOR PARENTS

JULIE Tylman and Ali Linz have taken the stress out of gift giving by creating GroupTogether, an online platform which allows users to pool money towards a single gift.

In around two years the platform has garnered around 20,000 users and has proved especially popular for parents organising gifts for teachers - last Christmas more than 200 sc...

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UBER FOR INTERNATIONAL SEAFOOD MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

UBER FOR INTERNATIONAL SEAFOOD MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

THE Sydney entrepreneur behind the Alibaba-backed international seafood trading platform Gfresh has urged Australian primary producers to focus on branding amid strong international competition for exports into China.

China's voracious appetite for seafood and other primary produce has made it Australia's largest export market fo...

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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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IN THE BATTLE OF CORPORATION VS LITTLE GUY: PERSONALITY WINS

IN THE BATTLE OF CORPORATION VS LITTLE GUY: PERSONALITY WINS

LOOKING at the revenue generated by some of the country's biggest companies, it might be hard to imagine how small businesses and entrepreneurs could ever win the competitive edge. However, many small business people often have more of an edge than they realise, especially on face value, says Glen Carlson, co-founder of business accel...

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STARTUP GATHER ONLINE FORCED OVERSEAS FOR FUNDING

STARTUP GATHER ONLINE FORCED OVERSEAS FOR FUNDING

SYDNEY-based social messaging tool Gather Online is partnering with New Zealand equity crowdfunding platform Equitise to raise $1 million for further technological development and marketing growth.

Equity crowdfunding provides an alternative method for private companies to raise funds through an online portal.  In Australia, equity ...

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HUBBED SHAKES UP THE PARCEL DELIVERY SPACE

HUBBED SHAKES UP THE PARCEL DELIVERY SPACE

HUBBED, a Sydney-based startup launched in 2013, has shaken up the longstanding ecommerce delivery space by offering an alternative approach to parcel delivery.

Through its network of partnerships with both transport companies and 680 newsagents, it provides a service it says is more consistent with consumers' online shopping experie...

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SPLEND DRIVES THE RIDESHARING REVOLUTION

SPLEND DRIVES THE RIDESHARING REVOLUTION

JUST two weeks into Splend's pilot program it was clear Chris King's idea to provide cars for Uber drivers was going to work.

Being an avid user of the ridesharing service, King (pictured) had seen that many drivers did not have the right cars for the job and he moved quickly to provide them a solution.

With his own personal...

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'TINDER FOR FASHION' APP STASHD LAUNCHES IN CHINA

'TINDER FOR FASHION' APP STASHD LAUNCHES IN CHINA

JESSICA Wilson, founder of 'Tinder for fashion' app, Stashd, is making a push into China.

As she says, it is still early days, but even at this stage of the venture, she has learned some important lessons.

China is one of Australia's biggest trading partners, and its huge consumer market is one many of this country's entrep...

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MEET THE YOUNG FOUNDER TRYING TO STEAL THE SHOW

MEET THE YOUNG FOUNDER TRYING TO STEAL THE SHOW

AT only 22 years old, Brandon Evertz is the youngest founder of an Australian company listed on the ASX.

The chief operating officer of Big Un Limited (ASX: BIG) started his video production business going door to door, and within four weeks, turned a $1000 investment into $8000.

Sydney-based Evertz is just like anyone else of the S...

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SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

STAY in school, kids, and you might just develop a business plan as great as Dustin Leonard's of HERO Condoms.

HERO Condoms began as a university assignment in Sydney, a business plan where the Texan-born entrepreneur identified the condom industry as ripe for disruption.

"The funny thing is, I never went out to start a con...

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RIVER CITY LABS, MURU-D STEP ON ACCELERATOR

RIVER CITY LABS, MURU-D STEP ON ACCELERATOR

RIVER City Labs and Telstra-backed muru-D have announced a three-year partnership to deliver a global startup accelerator program.

After a successful pilot last year, the 'River City Labs Accelerator Program' will continue.

The program runs over six months with up to 10 teams eligible for up to $60,000 each in funding in ret...

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THERIGHT.FIT FOR AIRTREE VENTURES

THERIGHT.FIT FOR AIRTREE VENTURES

CREATIVE marketplace TheRight.Fit has scored $750,000 in seed funding from AirTree Ventures.

The website, which connects brands and agencies with freelancers and talent, is looking to become the number one alternative to the traditional talent agency model.

It was founded by Sydney entrepreneur Taryn Williams (pictured), a former mo...

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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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DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

IF there's one entrepreneur capitalising on Australia's thriving hospitality industry, it's Dimmi's Stevan Premutico.

More than one million Australians are dining with Dimmi every four weeks.

The online booking platform represents about 10 per cent of all dining reservations in Australia and has more than 3000 restau...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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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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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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GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

POTTY Plant has won over vets-and-pets expert Dr Glen Richards on Shark Tank Australia.

Richards offered $70,000 for a 25 per cent stake in the pet toilet business.

The business has seen 17 per cent month-on-month growth on average since inception last May and is the only in-home dog toilet training system delivered to the door.

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SYDNEY STARTUP KNOWS 'WHAT'S APP' WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

SYDNEY STARTUP KNOWS 'WHAT'S APP' WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

SYDNEY startup On Message knows from experience it's no longer enough to be on social media replying to fans, so the business is offering something a little more streamlined for brands. 

The soon-to-be launched On Message was founded by the trio behind independent creative agency The Works to provide clients with a unique way to...

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