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Alan Jones
In session two we explored different business models and channels for growth for a new media startup. Here’s the slide deck: Walkley Foundation – Business models Here’s the video of the talk. If you’ve got questions arising from the session you can ask them in the Disqus comments area at the end of this blog post. – Alan
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We’ve all heard about CPC, CPA, CTR, LTV, CAGR and EBITDA but if you’re not tracking the following key metrics, you’ll crash and burn: At the very beginning EFCKYS (Earnings From Consulting to Keep Your Startup Afloat) is crucial. If you’re not bootstrapping make sure you’re measuring CTTS (Coffees To Term Sheet). From that moment on, you’ll...
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Coffee and newspaper
This morning, the number one ‘news moment’ in my Twitter headlines was the news that old media publisher Fairfax is cutting its annual operating budget by a further $30M, sacking more editorial staff and focusing on stories which will increase its online audience. Watching the ancient print mastheads of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald turn into a...
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Today we launched Australia’s first open innovation program to identify and solve urban challenges at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane. The CityConnect program brings together leading corporates, governments, investors and universities to collaborate with startups on a 15 month program to find and fund entrepreneurs with smart cities solutions.   “Our cities are changing dramatically – we...
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Toy flamingo in the sand
We’re excited to announce Australian startup culture expert Claudia Barriga-Larriviere has joined us as Head of Culture for our fast-growing community of staff and portfolio companies. “Startups are businesses at their most vulnerable and uncertain stage,” says Claudia. “We all forget that a startup is run by people who are invested in an outcome broader than their...
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We recently learned that the original Australian tech startup incubator Pollenizer is closing down. This hit me hard because I was an investor in Pollenizer and worked there on and off for a few years in the early days. But it hit me harder because Pollenizer was such a huge influence on the direction of the Australian...
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Ben Graetz launches Grassrootz
As founder and CEO Ben Graetz tells it, the original inspiration for his Grassrootz charity fundraising platform was his young son’s stay in hospital after a major operation, and his decision to support the work of the Starlight Foundation which made his son’s lengthy stay so much more bearable. At BlueChilli we’re hugely proud that Ben...
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Wynyard walk to Barangaroo, Sydney
Today we’ve officially announced some news that some in the urban strategy community already knew: Johanna Pitman, an experienced authority on the challenges facing urban communities, has joined us as Program Director for BlueChilli’s next accelerator program, CityConnect, launching in 2017.   Before BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global...
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Mountains
  This year’s Startup Muster report highlights an issue that’s been on my mind for some time: too many people in Australia’s tech startup community are first-time founders, with no prior experience being a tech startup founder and no prior experience as a tech startup employee. 54.6% of Australian tech startup founders and 71.6% of...
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As any startup founder will tell you, it’s a great feeling when you get clear evidence of a validated solution from a customer. Everybody at BlueChilli has that feeling this week, as we see some great customer validation of HelloHealthTech, a BlueChilli & Westpac Innovation Challenge focusing on discovering, evaluating and empowering Australia’s best early-stage healthtech startups. Our Innovation Challenge...
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