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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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Last week I was privileged to have been part of the filming of the first episode of That Startup Show, alongside host Dan Ilic and fellow panelists Bronwen Clune (StartupSmart) and Alan Noble (Google). That Startup Show promises to be a fun and entertaining look in to the Australian Startup culture and ecosystem and is...
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Robots vs Zombies, vs Ninjas vs Pirates
The single biggest mistake you can make when you start using Twitter is to use a machine to impersonate you. But to understand why that’s a bad idea, we should first talk about what social media is for. Along the way, we’ll explore something you have in common with Mennonite Christian fundamentalists, Neolithic hunters and the people...
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moneysoft screendump
Leading Australian money management app startup Moneysoft has closed a further $500,000 follow on funding round to continue its rapid growth in the financial services space, taking total funding raised to $1.5M. Moneysoft, a BlueChilli backed startup, will use the funding to assist expanding its reach in the financial services sector and to hire key...
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