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If you want to be a successful angel investor, only invest in startups which: Are solving problems you understand; For customers you care about; and Headed by founders you think could become good friends. Here’s why. As an angel investor your primary responsibilities to your startup investments are to be available to answer their questions,...
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Splitsville is the premiere online destination for people facing a ‘split’ of any kind, be it a divorce, the end of a domestic partnership or long term relationship. Today we’re announcing New York-based tech startup is the third US startup to join our startup portfolio. Splitsville founder Tara Averill’s previous career was as a successful agent for...
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There’s nothing I hate more than hearing “there’s no Venture Capital in Australia” from the peanut gallery. This type of commentary does nothing to improve the situation – so I decided that at BlueChilli, we would do something about it.  Because we don’t whinge about the status quo – we get down and change it. The “Brain...
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Hi, my name is Flynn Tesoriero, a 14 year old kid from the Northern Beaches of Australia. I have just spent a week in the new BlueChilli HQ! I was invited back to do an internship during the school holidays after attending an Hour Of Code event hosted by BlueChilli. The opportunity to participate in...
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Growing up in Tasmania, I spent a lot of time outdoors in the bush. Snakes are a real threat when you’re outdoors in that environment, yet we didn’t let that deter us. We didn’t because of the saying “They are more afraid of you than you are of them”. (Since then, I’ve seen a rather large...
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Ask anyone who doesn’t live there what’s happening in Adelaide and the answer is bound to be either “church” or “nothing”. But in the past few years Adelaide has stepped up its game and it now boasts – apart from pop-up bars and a hipster coffee shops –  a tight startup community that reminds me a...
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Westpac Innovation Challenge
In partnership with Westpac Group we’re excited to announce Josh Rowe and team from the Australian real estate pricing startup realAs are the winners of the inaugural round of the Westpac Innovation Challenge. The Westpac Innovation Challenge launched on 17 September giving Australian start-ups the opportunity to develop new ideas to help the bank’s business customers. realAs has won a...
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Having seen a few thousand pitches, mentored 100’s of founders through incubators and accelerators, invested in over 50 startups, both through BlueChilli and privately, and having my on failures on my belt, here’s 8 ways you can f**k up your early stage startup. The good news is they’re all preventable! 1. forget to sell This...
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Your admin needs to support your vision (and valuation) I love good administration. A structured set of documents, all lined up in identical folders with an online cloud mirror with everything scanned and backed up turns me on. I inherited this love from the Navy, where it was called “staff work” and all junior officers...
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Building a tech business is a multidisciplinary problem and requires people with very different skill sets.  You don’t just employ a plumber to build you a home, you need an electrician, a carpenter, a tiler and a whole range of trades and software is no different.  To get your tech business off the ground, BlueChilli...
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