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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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Led by Australian business icon The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd and Internode founder Simon Hackett Capital to be applied to growth in booming Australian tech startup market Sydney, 2 September 2014 — Australian technology startup BlueChilli Group today announced it had closed an AUD5 million round of investment to speed the growth of providing...
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Today I’m really excited to be able to announce a $5m investment in to BlueChilli from key investors, Myer Family Investments and Internode founder, Simon Hackett.  Simon Hackett is a great friend to BlueChilli and sits on our Investment Committee for our Venture Capital fund.  And being aligned with one of Australia’s largest and most respected...
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An amateur photographer
Industry dinosaurs like me can still remember when there was no such thing as a startup pitch competition. But times have changed: the glaciers have retreated, bipedal mammals have become the dominant life form, and there are now more startup pitch competitions each year than there are apps in an app store. Good for startups, right? Yes and...
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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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