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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin
I don’t believe that everyone is cut-out to be an entrepreneur, but I do believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to start and try. I also believe that our futures on this planet will be shaped by the entrepreneurs amongst us. Entrepreneurship is about solving problems in sustainable ways, about empowering people and...
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Every year we field many requests for input into reports and strategy white papers from consulting firms.  We’re generally happy to help, as our contribution to these reports provides valuable input to policy decision makers, which ultimately can benefit our business. In light of the recent articles on how startups should interact with a corporate, I’d like to...
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Recently I’ve been alarmed at a growing number of consulting firms who are launching “accelerator programs” to attract startups.  A recent one even boldly proclaimed that they took no equity and no fees, where the value prop was more about the sexy office and “introductions” to “investors”.  Apart from the obvious oxymoron of a consulting firm...
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One of the more interesting parts of my job is I get to meet with a lot of people. Potential investors, suppliers, angels, institutional investors, corporate parters etc.  And a question I get all the time is “what is my favourite startup” in our portfolio.  Of course, I love all my children equally, but I usually...
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A little while ago, one of the senior leaders proclaimed about BlueChilli: “We are not a family.” and quickly followed, “Families are dysfunctional.  We are an elite sports team. Sports teams know how to win.”  This  analogy of a winning sports team landed quite well with me as it works quite well to drive a high...
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So I pretty wear much t-shirts every day, usually it’s the black BlueChilli t-shirt, a cool graphic from Glennz or Threadless – or a branded t-shirt from one of our startups.  I’ve probably got over 200 t-shirts at home, and Alan, after his last blog post on startup tshirts, challenged me to wear only startup...
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BlueChilli’s GM of Innovation, Colette Grgic was today named the Emerging Leader in Technology at the 2016 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. This is a well deserved award for an amazing entrepreneur and leader and a core member of BlueChilli’s leadership team.  Under Colette’s leadership we have built an amazing team of talented people, driven by her vision to transform...
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The true cost of trying The median seed round in the US is $1.4m. This represents the median cost to get an idea, build a development team and test it. Which sounds like a lot, but it makes sense when you add up the cost of hiring a product team, designers, product managers, mobile and...
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It’s been a massive start to the new financial year at BlueChilli! For me, July kicked off with a whirlwind trip to the US, where I had the huge honour of sharing a stage with Barack Obama(!!) in Washington DC for the Select USA Conference on Innovation, putting Australian startups on the global map. Our...
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About three years ago a group of people from the startup ecosystem met with then shadow minster Malcom Turnbull. After the meeting, I blogged about the five things government could do to help Australian startups which were presented and discussed in the 90 minute meeting. Let’s see how we’ve gone. Make it easier to give...
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