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Entrepreneur Aaron Birkby: ‘startups need more real wins in Australia’

What did it take for Startup Catalyst’s CEO, Aaron Birkby, to edge out both Martin Hosking, the $288 million IPO hero of Redbubble, and startup darling Canva’s Melanie Perkins, bagging the Australian Computer Society’s 2016 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award last December? ...

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The Perception of Success

Success is easy to describe isn’t it? It’s a simple word with a straightforward meaning. Only it’s not. Not to me, not anymore. If you are at the beginning of, currently immersed in, or at the end of, the tricky ...

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How to panic as a startup CEO

There are points in every startup journey when things begin to look dire. Whether it’s the company running out of money, a key team member leaving, or the product losing market traction, emergencies are almost a part of the office furniture. ...

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Just how cheap are ideas?

The popular wisdom in the startup world is that ideas aren’t worth much. They’re regularly denigrated as being cheap, worthless, easy, and paradoxically, overvalued. Steve Jobs even described relying on a “really great idea” as a “disease.” As with so many ...

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What entrepreneurs can learn from the #libspill

The #libspill news and analysis has been more or less unavoidable this week. All the talk about different leadership styles and consultative approaches is a timely reminder for startup founders. Because founding your business is just the beginning: to survive, ...

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Three things to consider when being acquired

Most founders dream of one day holding a headline-grabbing, multimillion dollar IPO then either exiting in style or continuing to steer the company for decades. But going public isn’t the only valid financial goal for a startup. In fact, given ...

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Don’t get stuck playing Competitor Avoidance Twister

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s important to know about your competitors. Companies who confidently claim they never look at the competition are the Apples and Googles of the world – so dominant in their core markets that they become ...

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