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Feb 4, 2016

How to Increase Your Capability for Consistently Achieving Exponential Growth

Think about all the vagaries of running a high-technology venture – as executive leaders you need to be setting the vision, formulating strategies for success and operationally attracting and retaining top-level talent, leading and managing teams, sourcing and deploying scarce resources and negotiating ongoing funding rounds, all while building a sustainable platform and compelling products.

Some CEOs and executive leaders have an innate ability to juggle all these balls, keeping them up in the air and constantly moving their business forward. But for every one such person they are 10 others who become increasingly overwhelmed by the level of chaos that surrounds [...]

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Feb 3, 2016

Henry Ford, Lies & Innovation

In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Patrick Vlaskovits has decided that the quote below, attributed to Henry Ford, was actually manufactured by one Jean-Marie Dru in 2002

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Often have I heard this quoted by those pedalling consulting services that will miraculously transform your employees into great innovators.

The consultant will generally float the idea that there are just two ways to innovate:

The dull way via customer feedback, or Through true innovation that is created by gifted visionaries that mostly ignore customer input and instead create innovation based solely [...]
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Jan 19, 2016

Are You Chasing Your Impossible?

 

In building your business, as in daily life, there are always goals that seem impossible to achieve. Starting up it may seem impossible to secure the right co-founders, or to raise an initial round of seed funding. Achieving product-market fit may be eluding you as much as angel investors seem to be avoiding you.

However, when you do get customers and investors banging on your door you laugh and realise that what had seemed impossible only a moment ago is actually possible and, in hindsight, you wonder why you were so anxious about achieving those goals. It is all a matter of perspective. Take the word ‘impossible’ – the addition of one tiny [...]

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Dec 27, 2015

2015 was quite a year for entrepreneur development at UNSW

We had another massive year at UNSW Innovations in 2015 and, in fact the last 24 months have been amazing for our Student Entrepreneur Development team with 562 student and alumni teams being supported since the beginning of 2014!

There are far too many things that happened (due to the teams hard work) to list them all here but here are 12 months of highlights from the year that was:

1. January – The Fitness Calendar sisters joined the SED community. Was great having them participate in some of our programs and seeing them get this great exposure early in the year!

2. February – I got the first article I am really happy with, Lean approach to [...]

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Dec 3, 2015

18 Lessons for Entrepreneurs from 300+ Startup Accelerator Applications

I launch startups and develop inventions for a living and mentor a lot of entrepreneurs in my spare time.

In the last 6 months I reviewed Accelerator applications for muru-D,  CSIRO Accelerator (Australian Government funded Scientific & Industrial Research organisation, 5000+ scientists) and Incubate.org.

In addition I get over 100 pitches a month on my tech blog Startup88.com and I also reviewed over 500 inventions in the last 3 years in my day job, so I get to see a lot of ideas and startups and repeatedly see the same patterns.

Here’s is the take home for entrepreneurs from the 300+ applications I reviewed [...]

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Nov 27, 2015

Atbox

Startup Name Atbox What problem are you solving? Resume building, job seeking What is your solution? Atbox is a fast resume builder, helps you to create your own online resume with multiple themes and provides PDF export. Target Market jobs, resume, business, SaaS How will you make money? promotions, freemium Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? There are millions of people seeking for jobs every day. they need a proper resume and opportunities to find jobs. Atbox helps job seekers and employers to find the best fit. Founders Names Pouya Saadeghi, Sajjad Rad What type of funding has the company received? Self Funded If you have a [...]
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Nov 26, 2015

RealTime Clinic

Startup Name RealTime Clinic What problem are you solving? The current telehealth market specifically lacks telehealth platforms that meet the needs and wants of healthcare providers.There are several powerful telehealth video engines available, but these solutions lack design, practicality, and fail to show day-to-day benefits specifically to healthcare providers. What is your solution? RealTime Clinic is a mobile platform to enable safe and effective telemedicine consults. The platform leverages off-the-shelf technology as well as licensed technology to build a first generation platform to delivering superior service. Healthcare providers on the platform can extend their [...]
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Nov 26, 2015

Minutes Depot

Startup Name Minutes Depot What problem are you solving? Ease the pain related to maintaining proper corporate records. Replace traditional corporate records (minute book) by a safe SaaS allowing sharing access to the book to the founders and company board. Share book with collaborators. (Accountant, lawyer or potential investors) Track all changes on your Minutes book What is your solution? Minutes Depot allows you to get rid of your bulky binders keeping your minute books online.With Minutes Depot, a minute book is quick and easy to update, is meeting the highest security standards and can be shared in a snap. Target Market Lawyers, Accountants, Students How will you make [...]
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Nov 26, 2015

6Tribes

Startup Name 6Tribes What problem are you solving? According to a YouGov study of over 2,000 UK consumers, a whopping 55 per cent of Millennials (aged 18 – 34) agree that at least half of the posts they see on their social networks are ‘irrelevant’. The social network that wins the dubious title of ‘Most Irrelevant’ is Facebook, with 68% of Millennials identifying it as the network through which they receive the highest volume of irrelevant posts.Perhaps more worryingly for traditional social networks, nearly half of Millennials (48 per cent) find these irrelevant posts ‘boring’ and over a third (35 per cent) find them ‘irritating’. Other words used by respondents to describe this [...]
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Nov 20, 2015

Radio Royale

Startup Name Radio Royale What problem are you solving? – Aggregates all terrestrial radio streams in a single slick easy-to-use free app – Removes the need to manually search for the music video for the song that’s playing – Enables the user to quickly switch stations on the lock screen just as they would do with their car radio presets What is your solution? – Listen to 1000’s of AM/FM stations for free – Watch the music video for the song that’s playing – Chat with others who are listening to the same station – Play in the background or enjoy fullscreen album covers – Create your own list of favorites to switch [...]
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