Yearly Archives: 2017 Back

Do Good : Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit (ebook)

Author: Anne Bahr Thompson For many businesses, success comes in unexpected ways. Toms grew into a $600 million company by giving away 35 million pair of shoes. Patagonia’s profits have climbed year after year even as it funnels heavy investments into sustainability. And it’s not just millennials rewarding companies with causes. In every age group, … Read more

Investors Saved This Company by Tapping a Food Industry Veteran to Lead It

Within about two years, Incredible Foods launched its first product: Perfectlyfree, a dairy-free frozen treat that is also free of other allergens. The line is in 5,000 grocery stores and by the end of next year, the company predicts it will be available on both coasts. But, before the release of Perfectlyfree frozen bites, Incredible Foods wasn’t … Read more

GameTester launches $30 million initial coin offering to attract more users to the gaming platform

Australian video game testing startup GameTester has launched a $US30 million ($39 million) initial coin offering (ICO) on the Ethereum blockchain, kicking off the alternate fundraising method as the platform seeks more users. GameTester was founded two years ago by brothers David and Paul Dobson, with David having previously run video game company Planet Arkadia. … Read more

Love, history, and tennis: Eight Aussie startup founders suggest their best podcasts and audiobooks

In the busy world of entrepreneurship, it can be difficult to find the time to dig into a good book — even in periods of ‘downtime’ such as the Christmas holidays. But thankfully, the miraculous offerings of modern technology means books and book-like content no longer need to be consumed physically, with the last 10 years seeing a … Read more

Commercialization secrets for scientists and engineers (book)

Author: Michael Szycher Commercializing a knowledge-based product or service requires a realistic, methodical approach combined with a great deal of perseverance. Commercialization Secrets for Scientists and Engineers serves as a high-level guide to answering key questions and critical issues that confront founding entrepreneurs on their quest to commercialize their knowledge-based innovations. It highlights the unique … Read more


THE Star Gold Coast’s new tower The Darling, which is nearing completion, has enlisted high profile Gold Coast identities Simon Gloftis and Billy Cross for its new rooftop restaurant and bar. Acclaimed restaurateur Gloftis and entertainment guru Cross will co-manage the venue, bringing a wealth of home-grown and international dining and entertainment expertise. Gold Coast … Read more

Tap into Safety raises $750,000 to bring its early intervention mental health program to more Australian businesses

Perth-based mental health and safety startup Tap into Safety has completed its first ever “serious” capital raise, landing a $750,000 investment from Dorado Capital as it sets its sights on expansion. Founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Susanne and Geoff Bahn, the business-to-business focused startup points its offerings at the big end of … Read more

Oracle to buy Melbourne company founded over squash game for $1.6b

US software giant Oracle has made a $1.56 billion offer to buy a Melbourne construction management software business founded by two school friends over a game of squash. ASX-listed Aconex said on Monday its directors had unanimously recommended the $7.80-a-share offer, which represents a 47.4 per cent premium to Friday’s closing price of $5.29. Leigh Jasper … Read more

5 Strategies to Keep Your Retail Brand From Suffering the Same Fate as Those Big Box Stores

How is it that we have come to live in a world where esteemed companies like Sears and Macy’s, once synonymous with “retail,” are closing countless locations just to stay in business, while Amazon, the pioneering patriarch of ecommerce, is spending money to open storefront shops? As Rick Gomez, CMO of Target told Ad Age, “The headlines … Read more