TASMANIA’S STARTUP SCENE

If you’re thinking about moving to Tasmania, or stopping down south for a working holiday, then this guide should give you a great head start on figuring out who’s who in the community and where the local focal points of startup activity are. The startup ecosystem in...
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Shared Learnings

ME, THE ENERGY COMPANY

I am an energy company. At least I will be soon. How we generate and flow energy is changing, driven by technology changes that are happening so fast, it is hard to see them happening around us. One day soon we will wake up and find it hard to imagine coal power... read more

WHEN DISRUPTION STARES YOU IN THE FACE

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” There is some debate over whether it was Charles Darwin who said it or not, but the sentiment still stands. I had... read more

PRODUCT MARKET FIT USING A PROXY

Noticing the Patterns I’ve been a surfer for many years. In the time I went from a teenager to  married man with children most of my old surfing buddies gave the sport away. But I’m one of those die hard surfers who still goes surfing winter or summer. For years I... read more

PORTER MEETS THEIL – 5 FORCES OF STARTUPS

I just finished reading Peter Thiel’s new book Zero to One. An easy read full of serious startup insights (worth the effort). But what I couldn’t help but thinking about was how similar it is to many other long standing business strategies. In fact, it reminded me the... read more

THE INNOVATION TEAM’S PURPOSE

Discovering new innovation is now the whole company’s job, not a special role for an elite few. The competitive landscape is changing so fast that innovation needs to be in every cell of the company’s organism. Innovating requires: The permission to fail... read more

BIG CO VS STARTUP

The most exciting thing I’ve seen in the Australian business community this year is large companies- think ASX 100 getting their startup on. Many are finally realising that this new tech, lean approach to innovation and change isn’t just a side show, it’s quickly... read more

MARKETING MYOPIA – THE SEQUEL

One of the seminal business essays is the Marketing Myopia. It was written way back in 1960 by marketing legend Theodore Levitt in the Harvard Business Review. I was recently re-reading it and it reminded me a lot of what we are seeing in the market now as startups... read more

UNDERWRITE YOUR STARTUP

Here’s what we are told to do • quit whatever we are doing • go all or nothing • start our startup • give ourselves the no back Apparently this is a key to the mandatory “we must succeed” mentality. It’s probably the worst advice that exists for budding entrepreneurs.... read more

DON’T MISS THE PIVOT

A pivot is a nice word from startup land. It generally means that we actually failed, but gives us some “licence in language” so we don’t feel like a total douche bag for getting our infallible startup idea wrong. But sometimes the pivot, is an actual pivot and not... read more

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