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Students and staff from Chang-Won University with BlueChilli's Alan Jones.
Thanks to the staff and students of South Korean Chang-Won University’s software engineering class who visited BlueChilli today. They receved a few hours’ rapid introduction to Lean Startup Methodology and some good career advice (“Do not take a job at a large corporation! Start your own startup with a friend! If you’re a marketer, learn...
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Chris Ball presenting at HubSea in Seattle
There’s alway plenty of action at BlueChilli and this month was a cracker! It kicked off with one of BlueChilli’s startups, Moneysoft, announcing it had raised a total of $1.5M for its expansion and growth in the financial management sector. It was covered by a host of media, including BRW.   During the month we also hosted a...
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Slidebean - Presentation Software Simplified
Slidebean is a new browser-based platform for quickly creating well-designed slide decks. I decided to test it out by capturing some of the hidden drawbacks of startup founder lifestyle. I’m happy with the output. Like Hemingwayapp the constraints imposed by a platform like Slidebean can help you finish and publish something you’d otherwise tweak around with for days...
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7th July 1959: Moulds used to make spaceship couches
Lean Startup Machine is not a hackathon or conference, but an educational workshop that teaches entrepreneurs the process of validating business ideas through hands-on experimentation and mentorship. Three days is an extremely short amount of time, but it’s enough to test multiple business concepts, identify which one has the most potential, and even collect some revenue from customers....
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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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If all goes according to plan, in exactly a week (to the hour) I will be here: And that will be in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, and seven days from now. Want to know how I know that? Because I have a detailed plan to refer to. Next Friday, the other...
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Following from my recent post on what we look for in a founder, here’s a quick insight in to what we look for in a business model. We look for business models that can make money the day they’re launched, as sales performance is the ultimate test of a successful startup. We shy away from...
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Evaluating a successful founder is hard work. We adapted research done by Gordon Bell et. al. (with his permission) on successful Silicon Valley founders at later stages and adjusted his model to work on early stage companies.  This work was titled the Bell-Mason diagnostic (ppt). BlueChilli looks at nine characteristics of a founder and asks objective questions...
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Having an online tech company is a kick arse way to achieve massive scale, but only if you know how to work hard at driving the right people to your site.  Yes you can spend a bucket-load on Google Adwords and build traffic to your site, but unless you have a strong content strategy, the only successful...
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One of Australia’s fastest growing delivery services, Liquorun, has expanded its on demand delivery services to all of Inner Melbourne, added boutique fast food and employed more drivers to keep up with demand. Started in November 2013 by former Melbourne Demons footballer Joel Macdonald, Liquorun has grown rapidly from a niche alcohol after hours delivery service, to an...
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