How one cold email got food tech startup EatClub celebrity chef Marco Pierre White as an equity partner

For Melbourne food tech startup EatClub, landing the backing of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White didn’t involve deep industry or personal connections, nor huge marketing campaigns or reachouts. It just took one cold email. “As we were sitting down deciding we wanted to pursue this business, we wanted to see if we could get some […]

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Five ways to create meetings your staff won’t hate

In their book on remote work, founders of project management startup Basecamp, Jason Fried and David Heinemeir Hansson, say business meetings should be like salt. “Too much salt destroys a dish. Too many meetings destroy morale and motivation,” they write. As your team rolls into the office eager to start 2018 on a high note, […]

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The industries set to fly and fall in 2018

 As Australian companies welcome the new year, IBISWorld reveals the top five industries expected to grow — and shrink — over coming months.  The top predicted performer for 2017-18 is the wind and other electricity generation industry, with a bumper year of 35.3% growth anticipated. IBISWorld anticipates that sports and recreation facilities operation, dairy cattle farming, petroleum […]

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Cardly raises $230,000 to tackle the $17 billion global greeting card market

For Cardly co-founder Patrick Gaskin, the unassuming industry of greeting cards is a gold mine of opportunity. It’s not just the potential $17 billion market across the US, UK, and Australia, he says. It’s also the growing desire from individuals and businesses to return to more personal forms of correspondence, without the hassle. “People want […]

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Mountain Designs to close a third of stores in face of “increased competition”: Will retail store networks shrink in 2018?

“Right-sizing” looks set to become a top retail buzzword of 2018, say experts, with outdoor clothing company Mountain Designs to close one in three of its 39 bricks-and-mortar retail stores this year. The company, launched in Brisbane in 1975 by climber Rick White, has confirmed it will close 13 stores over the coming months, as […]

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Former travel agent ordered to pay consumers $24,000 after three families found holidays weren’t booked

The Townsville Magistrates Court has ordered a former travel agent to pay three families $24,000 in compensation after she plead guilty to five counts of wrongly accepting payment for services she failed to book or provide refunds for. The owner of Travel Experience Charters Towers faced court after the Office of Fair Trading Queensland brought […]

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B2B leaders “flying blind” as companies lose control over customer experience and put growth at risk: Study

Business-to-business (B2B) companies are losing control over the customer experience due to convoluted buying processes and disconnected channel partner networks, according to a recent study. Accenture Strategy’s B2B Customer Experience 2017 study, surveying 1350 sales and customer service executives from B2B organisations around the world, found that just 21% of respondents believe they have total […]

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Canva raises $50.9 million to become Australia’s latest unicorn, setting the bar high for startup funding in 2018

Graphic design startup Canva has joined the ranks of Atlassian, becoming Australia’s next tech unicorn after closing a $US40 million ($50.9 million) capital raise that officially values the company at $US1 billion. The funds were raised in a round led by Australian venture capital firm Blackbird Ventures and joined by Sequoia Capital and Felicis Ventures. […]

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