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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Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Sydney-based drone defence company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has been selected by Danish Special Operations Command to participate in the annual international 'Night Hawk' initiative. DroneShield will take part in the major military training exercise which is run annually by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).and atte...

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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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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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Sydney's 'Tinder for brands' poised to dominate overseas

Sydney's 'Tinder for brands' poised to dominate overseas

In the three and a half years since Jessica Ruhfus founded Collabosaurus her disruptive platform has attracted a considerable amount of attention. Lovingly dubbed as 'Tinder for brands', Collabosaurus has dramatically changed the role of marketing experts in Australia. The platform, which works by matching up complementary bra...

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The lessons Olympian Michael Klim learned from a decade in business

The lessons Olympian Michael Klim learned from a decade in business

Former Olympian and beloved swimming star Michael Klim is no stranger to pressure. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Klim was a force to be reckoned with. His best performance was at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where he scored two gold and two silver medals. Klim's success led him to become a household name and a role model for...

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Model fit disrupts the talent agency market

Model fit disrupts the talent agency market

Having made the digital leap from a traditional offline model, influencer Taryn Williams' online talent agency theright.fit is rapidly expanding with clients requesting the service globally. Williams says her need-driven business model has resulted in the opening of the company's first international office in Singapore. "...

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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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Shark Tank mum-preneur's secrets to building a business while raising kids

Shark Tank mum-preneur's secrets to building a business while raising kids

Starting a business is hard. Starting a business with three kids in tow? That's another story entirely. But Sydney based mum-preneur Caroline Africh proved to the Sharks that she could develop a serious distribution model that takes advantage of a huge community of new mums. Africh pitched to the Shark Tank gurus her innovative an...

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How this Sydney entrepreneur created a global cult following

How this Sydney entrepreneur created a global cult following

When she was a little girl, Rina Timpano had a dream that one day she'd be a businesswoman, creating products to line the shelves of Italy's famous department stores and boutiques. It was this dream that inspired Timpano to create her very own skincare brand, RinaScentia, with an ambition to become the next big Aussie skincare bra...

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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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Car Next Door hitches a $2m ride from Hyundai

Car Next Door hitches a $2m ride from Hyundai

Aussie car sharing business Car Next Door (CND) has secured a $2 million investment from global car manufacturer Hyundai, the fifth largest auto maker in the world.  Hyndai struck up the partnership with Car Next Door to ensure its cars would become the first 'sharing ready' vehicles in the Australian market. Under the co...

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Sydney fintech breaks into Europe with new London office

Sydney fintech breaks into Europe with new London office

Sydney-based tech start-up Trade Ledger has already dominated Australia and is off to take on Europe after announcing its new London office. The banking lending platform will expand its operations into Europe from its new London base, which should greatly improve its current international strategy. The company says the expansion will ...

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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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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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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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Gritty Pretty is changing the way we shop by serving 'beauty minus the bullshit'

Gritty Pretty is changing the way we shop by serving 'beauty minus the bullshit'

Sitting pretty with more than 74,000 followers on Instagram, Eleanor Pendleton knows a thing or two about finding success online. Eleanor is more than just an Instagram influencer, she is the founder of Gritty Pretty, a magazine and online beauty boutique which has found success due to its niche formula. Providing both quality editori...

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Starting from scratch: how the founder of LABO is reinventing digital marketing

Starting from scratch: how the founder of LABO is reinventing digital marketing

As we edge closer to a new decade, it's safe to say that the world is a very different place than it was just ten years ago. Rapid advancements in technology, sudden changes in the socio-political environment and new ways of thinking about aesthetics have come to the fore in the 2010s. Old ways of thinking have died as we move int...

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How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market. Founded by husband and wife team Jessica Bragdon and Paul Davidson, Koala Eco is a 100 per cent Australian made line of eco-friendly cleaning products. Emblazoned with Australian flora and fauna, Koala Eco products are safe for the en...

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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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The 'shoe addict' who turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business

The 'shoe addict' who turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business

It's often said that the key to entrepreneurship is to solve a problem, and then monetise the solution. For Jodie Fox, her epiphany came following a stop-over in Hong Kong and a chance meeting with a traditional cobbler. Disappointed and frustrated with the limited choices of shoes she actually liked on the market, the self confes...

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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 founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

The founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

If you asked Rory Unite that he'd be running a successful bespoke furniture brand from the comfort of Bali a few years ago he definitely would be shocked. It's not because Rory is lazy, in fact he's clearly an incredibly talented and motivated craftsman, it's just that he is perfectly content to go with the flow. Rory'...

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How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

Eddie Geller, Sarah-Jane Kurtini and Stephen O'Young started Tinybeans (ASX: TNY) with the goal of creating a scrapbook where parents could capture, share and save memories of their little ones through a secure online platform. Little did they know, off the back of Tinybeans' landmark IPO in April 2017, the trio would also be resh...

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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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