Basecamp co-founder Jason Fried on why all companies must be prepared to kill off ideas

As a business grows over time, new ideas will evolve, and shelving past ideas becomes a necessity, no matter how successful they were. Writing at Inc., Jason Fried, co-founder of well-known project management software company Basecamp, describes this as an “also/or” scenario. “Most companies, products and services start out simply,” he writes. “It’s rare that the first version of something is … 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

Digital greeting card startup Cardly raises $230,000 from QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Having last year walked away from a $250,000 deal with Naomi Simson brokered on the set of Shark Tank, Melbourne-founded digital greeting card startup Cardly has raised $230,000 in a seed funding round led by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA). The funding comes as the startup looks to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) to further … 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

How Australian cocoa growers are future-proofing against a chocolate shortage

Climate change could crumble the global chocolate industry in 30 years, but Australian farmers are future-proofing their produce. More than half the world’s cocoa is grown in Côte d’Ivoire, known as Ivory Coast, and Ghana. But drying conditions and rising temperatures are making the West African countries less suitable for cocoa cultivation. “A small impact on those … 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

Shift Ahead : How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World (ebook)

Author: Allen P. Adamson In a world that’s changing faster and more furiously than ever, the ability to shift focus is critical. Why is it that some organizations can continually evolve to meet the times and the marketplace, and others can’t? How do some businesses recognize the right moment to shift, and others, ruefully, only … Read more