How startup unicorn Canva turned its first “pretty terrible” pitch deck into one that impressed investors

Ever wonder what the first pitch deck of a billion-dollar company looks like? Or how many iterations one has to go through before investors sit up and take notice? Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins shares her startup’s first attempts at wooing investors, and the things she learnt along the way. We’ve had a very consistent vision … Read more

The growth director’s secret : how your customers could be buying more of what you’re selling (book)

Author: Andrew Brent Growth can be the most important attribute that any business can have, and yet is commonly the least well-managed area of a business’ operations. Explaining why this is, The Growth Director’s Secret examines the structural/cultural factors that hold many conventionally-organized companies back. The book explores important new insights from neurological research, which … Read more

Perth startup Tap into Safety helps companies train staff on workplace safety and monitor staff mental health

Most of us should be able to expect to get home in one piece after work. Unfortunately, accidents happen – though the work-related fatality rate in Australia has decreased by 49 percent from a peak of over 300 in 2007, statistics from Safe Work Australia found $46.2 billion was lost to partial incapacity, $6.5 billion … Read more

The startup way : how entrepreneurial management transforms culture and drives growth (book)

Author: Eric Ries The Startup Way reveals how organisations of all sizes can harness startup techniques to drive growth. In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries created a global movement. Concepts like constant iteration, minimal viable products (MVPs), and pivoting have changed the language of business. Now he turns his attention to companies and organizations of … Read more

WE DOUBLED OUR STAFF OVERNIGHT: HOW TO MANAGE AN EXPLOSION IN BUSINESS GROWTH

Businesses often experience growing pains when their success requires them to expand their workforce. If not managed well, the business can be held back by inefficiencies, costly mistakes, existing employees leaving and clients feeling the stress. However, it is possible to grow in a way that brings your team and clients along for the journey … Read more

The advantage : why organizational health trumps everything else in business (book)

Author: Patrick Lencioni There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they … Read more

Australia’s construction sector just slowed suddenly as new orders dry up

Australia’s construction sector lost a bit of momentum in December with activity levels improving at the slowest pace since April 2017, according to data from the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). The group’s Performance of Construction Index (PCI) — a measure of activity levels across Australia’s construction sector — fell 4.7 points to 52.8 points … Read more