Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

The template for social media success is ever changing and always competitive, but Brisbane-based influencer Sapphiroula Pelecas is keeping ahead of the curve. This last year has been busy for Pelecas, who, in the period from August from September, launched her own fashion line, got married, went on a Honeymoon and presented at New York F...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

For Thuy Lam, founder of Blackbook.ai, problem solving has always been the name of the game. After working in professional services for close to ten years, Lam felt he had enough experience to be able to create his own company. With a history in process optimisation and data-science ("when data-science wasn't sexy," he a...

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Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

"Our biggest problem is innovator's dilemma where we've built something that works and it's so far beyond the curve that people just don't realise it exists," says Tanda co-founder Tasmin Trezise. Have you ever been to a bar where the queue spills out like that beer you just can't seem to order? Only one...

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Top 25 Australian startups revealed

Top 25 Australian startups revealed

With a wealth of data at their fingertips, LinkedIn has released its list of "the most sought after startups in Australia", and it's certainly a prestigious list. To be eligible for for the list, compnaies must be seven years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, and be privately held and headquatered in Australia. ...

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Digital disruptor wins Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Digital disruptor wins Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Ben Bradshaw is shaking up the very meaning of digital marketing as we know it, and with a solid track record promising bright prospects at home and abroad he has now received Brisbane's top prize for young entrepreneurs. In a hotly contested competition between the city's enterprising elites, Bradshaw was crowned Brisbane Young E...

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River City Labs sold to ICT professional association ACS

River City Labs sold to ICT professional association ACS

River City Labs (RCL), the incubator behind some of Queensland's most successful tech startups, has been sold to ICT professional association ACS. ACS is the professional association for Australia's ICT sector, and intends to invest heavily in the future of the incubator. The association's acquisition will take effect imme...

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Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

It has now been almost three years since vitamins company Swisse Wellness was sold for $1.67 billion to a Hong Kong company, giving entrepreneur Radek Sali a healthy supplement of around $250 million from the sale. It's enough money to make time the Australian businessman's most precious asset as he looks for new opportunities thr...

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These entrepreneurs found Sesame Street, but that was only the beginning

These entrepreneurs found Sesame Street, but that was only the beginning

Brisbane entrepreneurs Kristen Souvlis and Nadine Bates find talent in all that they do. Having successfully forged a path in children's media through Like a Photon Creative, which has previously created content for the likes of Sesame Street, the duo has now set their sights on a new avenue of business. Like a Photon has launched...

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Conquering the nation, one buffalo wing at a time

Conquering the nation, one buffalo wing at a time

It's only been a few years since Dylan Pires' mobile chicken wing empire became a sensation in Brisbane and already King of the Wings is setting its sights nationally. King of the Wings first took to the River City's roads in 2013 and has grown immensely since, with plans for expansion set on Canberra and Melbourne alongside a...

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Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

The Young Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate a milestone occasion as it kick-starts the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Awards, marking a decade of success for what has become one of Australia's most prestigious business accolades. Officially launched in 2008 in Queensland with a mission to find and recognise young business talent in Australi...

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Scarier than a scrum: a former rugby star's Shark Tank success

Scarier than a scrum: a former rugby star's Shark Tank success

Despite having a 13 year long career as a successful rugby star playing for the Queensland Reds, Ed O'Donoghue says his experience on Shark Tank was scarier than facing up for a scrum. O'Donoghue is the mind behind Fro Pro, self-described as 'Australia's healthiest ice cream'. Fro Pro is sugar free, high protein, and l...

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How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

His Midas touch has launched Vocus Group into a listed company and transformed Airtasker from a startup to a national phenomenon, but how does James Spenceley decide on what to invest in? Spenceley's latest investment is a $1 million injection into Integrated Green Energy Solutions (ASX: IGE) as they ramp up production of their eco-fr...

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Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

If there was a single key theme running through this year's season of Shark Tank it would be a sharp focus on businesses that are doing something good for the environment. This year we've seen entrepreneurs pitching eco-friendly nappies, and just last night, a green alternative to storing vegetables in the crisper. The Sharks ...

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Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

When people hear the word 'sales', they're inclined to think of cheesy people in fancy suits with the 'gift of the gab' that will do just about anything to push a product. Whether warranted or not, there is a certain stigma attached to salespeople who have been tempered by decades of high-pressure sales tactics, told t...

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How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

In August 1987, my father, a small business entrepreneur, arrived home after work, and announced that we were moving to Australia. This announcement served as my first exposure to risk management from an entrepreneur's perspective. My father was regarded as crazy for uprooting the family and leaving apartheid South Africa Why put ...

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Gold Coast training and recruitment company gets three Shark Tank 'bites'

Gold Coast training and recruitment company gets three Shark Tank 'bites'

The founders of a Gold Coast training and recruitment company have scored a Shark Tank first by securing investment from three of the sharks in a deal which values their business at $625,000. Jack Corbett and Ryan Tuckwood, founders of ISR Training, jumped into Network Ten's Shark Tank Australia hoping to get internet pioneer and Shar...

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Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

She's a former backpacker who once worked on David Bowie's yacht and if you went back in time to before 2000 and asked Janine Allis whether she'd one day be in charge of a multi-million dollar international business and the young Janine would have probably told you to lay off the alternative substances. The Boost Juice founder...

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NYC venture capitalist on what's really killing Aussie startups

NYC venture capitalist on what's really killing Aussie startups

As technology continues to scale and artificial intelligence (AI) becomes smarter and more autonomous, the question on everyone's lips is 'will AI ever run me out of business?' Jacqueline Garavente doesn't think so. As a prominent venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures (USV) in New York, Garavente knows more about...

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How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

VENTURE capitalists may have previously considered them 'crappy' businesses not worth a second look, but according to Silicon Valley's sharpest investor Steve Jurvetson the technological revolution is changing that. Jurvetson, the co-founder of the $US6 billion venture capital group Draper Fisher Jurvetson and board member of ...

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Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials around the world do not rate Australian cities as being the right places to begin a startup with only Sydney sneaking into the top 20 of a major survey. Not surprisingly, San Francisco and New York City were rated the top two cities for entrepreneurial millennials based on their business ecosystem while Kuala L...

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Steve Baxter looking to sell River City Labs, according to reports

Steve Baxter looking to sell River City Labs, according to reports

Queensland's chief entrepreneur and 'Shark Tank' star Steve Baxter is reportedly looking to sell River City Labs, the Brisbane startup hub which he founded seven years ago. It's believed the reason behind the sale is not a financial one and that he believes River City Labs, which mentors young entrepreneurs in a co-working...

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'Can you see me now arsehole?': the question that inspired a booming business

'Can you see me now arsehole?': the question that inspired a booming business

Nathan Ford isn't your average entrepreneur. From running a bar in the heart of Nepal to establishing a string of IT startups back home, you'd be hard pressed to find a man with a more eclectic resume. While Ford's business interests may have changed over time, his love for motorcycles has remained constant, making his dec...

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The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

I am often asked by entrepreneurs, "how much profit should my business be making?" My answer is always the same: It depends. It depends because I don't know how much money is invested in the business in the first place. The amount of capital invested has a significant influence on how much profit is enough. Unfortunatel...

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Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Kay Koplovitz, one of America's most successful business people, is in the country to help grow the innovative ideas of Australia's entrepreneurs. It's little wonder bright minds flock to Koplovitz for advice, as her CV boasts a string of the highest profile roles. In 1997, she founded the USA Network as an all sports service ...

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Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

He's a former private investigator who built an international multi-million dollar business from a suburban garage in Townsville, and Luke Anear admits he should have known better when trying to impress on his first meeting with a venture capital investor. His company, SafetyCulture, had just developed its first app and the concept at...

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If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change

If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change


It can be easy to gloss over the word "innovation". It has become an ultimate buzzword, rolling off the tongues of business commentators and professionals alike. While the word itself may be overused, academics at The University of Queensland (UQ) say it is possible to take what many may regard as a "vague concept&qu...

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The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

Long before Eloise Monaghan was selling intimacy to the world as the founder of multi-national lingerie brand Honey Birdette, she drew inspiration from a poster slogan which was tacked to her bedroom wall. "Don't try and slay all the dragons at once." When the idea for Honey Birdette was first conceived over a glass of c...

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Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

A shoe that can detect the development of Alzheimer's and dementia was the idea that won the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (QUTCEA) Startup Weekend Creative Tech competition. Solus Health, the six person team behind the ingenious idea, beat out a record number of 46 pitches to be crowned the winning startup. The company, in th...

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