Tuesday, October 27, 2015
- lifelong learning - create scalable learning vs scalable efficiency
- employees treated as assets and intellectual capital vs liabilities
- create agile teams within organisations , networks and connected networks of collaboration between people
- create an ability for innovators to access their infrastructure and collaborate - apple with app developers creating value for the consumer - app developers are part of the ecosystem. They have no idea whether an app is worth a damn so they let the producer put it in the app store. If it succeeds, they get a rev share. If it fails, it goes away.
Monday, October 26, 2015
- spectacles (Warby Parker)
- finance (Symphony and XERO).
- fashion (BCNU adn Lulu Lemon)
- Airbnb put up nearly 17m guests over the summer
- Uber drives millions of people every day.
- WeWork, an American outfit that provides accommodation for startups, has 8,000 companies with 30,000 workers in 56 locations in 17 cities.
- Startups exploit new technology, enabling them to go global without being big themselves. They expand fast and efficiently by outsourcing.
- They can incorporate online for a few hundred dollars,
- raise money from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter,
- hire programmers from Upwork,
- rent computer-processing power from Amazon,
- find manufacturers on Alibaba,
- find designers on 99 designs,
- arrange payments systems at Square,
- build their CRms on Zoho and
- manage their accounting on the phone with Xero,
There are organisations who invest in startups such as SeedInvest .
The Australian Government is putting out a paper in December to encourage this type of investment. WIll let you know... watch this space!
- Is Crowdsourcing sourcing the future?
- SMSF Investment?
- The ASX and public company can be a brilliant efficient way for startups to scale and give public a chance to share ..... But they will be investing in the people not the machine.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Friday, October 09, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
1. Balance “strategic vision” with execution
2. Recognise that education is the key to our future on many fronts
3. Measure and communicate progress
Graphic design startup Canva (Founded in Sydney) has raised $US15 million ($21 million) in series A funding, just two months after launching its subscription product Canva for Work.
The round was led by Silicon Valley-based Felicis Ventures and values the startup at $US165 million. Felicis were joined by existing investors Blackbird Ventures, Matrix Partners and Vayner Capital. Actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson also participated in the round.
This latest raise, follows a $US6 million raise in May and brings the startup’s total funding to almost $US30 million.
It’s the second time this year Felicis has led an Australian startup’s series A round. The firm also led Melbourne-founded culture analytics startup Culture Amp’s $US6.3 million raise in March.
“We weren’t actually intending on raising money,” Canva CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins says.
Since its launch in 2013 , it has more than 5 million users, 42% of which are based in the United States. Importantly 35,000 teams have signed up to use Canva for Work - a subscription based service that charges $10 per user, per month. That 35,000 figure includes anything from individual businesses owners to teams of over 100 people.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Earlier this year, NAB announced it is establishing NAB Ventures, a $50 million fund to further accelerate the bank’s focus on customer-led innovation.
“We want our NAB team to be among the best global thinkers in the innovation space and give our customers access to the best ideas,” says Executive General Manager NAB Labs, Jon Davey
National Australia Bank (NAB) has now become a major supporter of Fishburners - Australia’s largest startup space, home to 176 startups - an important step for NAB to learn and partner with organisations to help to deliver innovative solutions for customers. Says Davey
“We see the digital environment changing significantly, and much of this change is being driven by smaller companies and startups,” Mr Davey said.
“It’s important for NAB to partner with companies that we can learn from, to help us meet evolving business and technology trends.
“Ultimately, this will help us to deliver better services to our customers"
“NAB aims to deliver the best possible experience for their customers, and is taking a refreshing and laudable approach by supporting startups who are developing these better experiences.
“They’ll be welcomed into our team of category leading partners including Google, News Corp, Optus, PwC, Dropbox, Amazon, Xero, Cisco and BigAir.” Says Fishburners Murray Hurps