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Jun 9, 2015

Deckr – Gamified Pitch Deck Feedback App

This is actually a pretty good idea for validating your new business idea. Put together a pitch deck, publish to Deckr and then get the feedback from the site visitors, judging the startups is a little addictive and I can see how they could build a business model around this.

You might have confidentiality concerns but the truth is most new startups can’t give their idea away, very few people are going to steal an idea (and its improbable its new or unique) and in all cases execution is what makes the startup successful and the core idea often changes over time.

Many successful startups had insights about their product or market that no one else believed for a [...]

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Dec 9, 2014

19 Hot Australian Startups to Watch in 2015

Ed: An edited version of this article will be published in the December edition of My Business Magazine

Introduction

I spend a lot of my time reviewing inventions and startups ideas and attend numerous pitch events, mentoring programs so I see a lot of pitches, some are great, others less so.

So I know bad when I see it, likewise occasionally I come across companies that I think are on the path to success.

There a few things we look for reviewing a startup.

Solving a Real Problem.

We really need to believe it’s real and significant pain to someone. I see a lot of businesses solving non problems (I have been guilty in the past) or me too providing [...]

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Nov 12, 2014

Hackathon? Startup Weekend? Pop-up Accelerator??

Wikipedia tells us “A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects”.

On the model of Startup Weekend, Wikipedia explains these are “54-hour weekend events during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening”.

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Aug 28, 2014

Giveaway – Two Free Tickets to SydStart 2014 – Tuesday Sept 2 – Massive Lineup Announced

SydStart and Startup88 are giving away two free tickets to SydStart at the Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 2nd September.

Fantastic Lineup with the following speakers confirmed and more to be announced tomorrow:

Mike Cannon-Brooks – Atlassian Ash Fontana – AngelList Matt Barrie – Freelancer Melanie Perkins – CEO Canva Charlotte Yarkoni and Annie Parker – Muru-D Founders Hugh O’Brien – Entrepreneurial Author Max Kraynov – CEO JetRadar Simone Eyles – Cofounder 365 Cups Clover Moore, City of Sydney Lord Mayor Alex Greenwich MP Torsten Blackwood , Photographer to the Tech Rockstars & Billionaires Dan Friedman – CEO NinjaBlocks Matt [...]
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