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Millennials already form a large percentage of the workforce in Australia, and by 2020 will form 50% of the global workforce. If for no other reason than their size, attracting and retaining the best millennial talent is a critical concern for all employers, especially startup founders.

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In the romance of venture capital and startup land, relationship disharmony is rarely discussed and yet is very common in founding teams and investors. CB Insights’ list of 20 reasons why startups fail ranks disharmony in a founding team or between the founding team and investors as the 10th most common reason startups fail. I suspect it’s…

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Founders need to look beyond the financial support they receive from investors and evaluate whether they will fit their business. After all, you will be giving the investor a valuable piece of your business and will potentially be on a long journey together.

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A purpose-driven company believes it can advance society by harnessing the influence and power of its impact. The company’s purpose provides the fundamental reason for its existence and underpins its product or service offering.

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Los Angeles is the fastest growing tech market in the United States, so it’s no surprise Trimantium Capital is continuing to grow its presence there. Having moved to Los Angeles from Melbourne a month ago in my role with the VC firm, I can already give you six compelling reasons to move to the City…

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Last week over 11,000 people from 50 countries converged on New Orleans for Collision, Web Summit’s annual tech conference in the US. With more than 332 speakers talking across multiple stages, there was a huge variety of talks traversing topics like the future of work and emerging technologies.

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The number and type of accelerators and incubators populating Australia’s growing startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem is increasing. Some offer formal programs that include support such as mentoring, training, corporate services, office space, marketing, recruitment, tech support, investor introductions, events, strategic partners, and international study tours. Some offer capital and have the appearance of a more…

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To borrow a much-overused phrase from the Australian government, there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian, particularly if you’re a fintech founder. The Australian government has caught up with the transformative impact fintech could have on our financial system and economy and recently announced a raft of initiatives to boost…

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While venture capitalists vary in style most take a hands-on approach with the startups in which they invest. They place great importance on the “fit” between the firm’s investment team and the startup’s management team.

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The best startup founders have a deep understanding of the risks facing their business – they maximise their chances of success by mitigating or eliminating bad risks and deliberately taking smart risks. Risk management should be top of mind for founders, especially material risks that pose a threat to the existence and survival of their…

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Venture capitalists are excited about backing startups that are impactful and scaleable but too often founders can be trapped in incremental thinking. They direct their companies to be slightly better than the next competitor or make decisions for the short-term without consideration for the long-term dynamics that can make or break a startup.

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Raising capital can consume the time and emotional energy of founders and their key team members for at least six months. Founders can feel they are sacrificing the development of their startup to raise capital so as soon as an investor says “yes” their attention turns away. However, a lack of attention and lost momentum…

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Four questions to ask before launching your startup

12 January 2016

The first thing to do when launching a business is to speak to everyone that could possibly help get it to market.  Usually an open approach to launching is best, where your ideas are socialised and co-developed. If your idea can be stolen and secrecy is your only advantage, it won’t last long. There are…

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There are no guarantees of success in entrepreneurship, particularly when blindly following some overly simplistic formula for success. But when entrepreneurial teams possess these seven critical attributes and skills they will have the abilities they need to write their own formula for success.

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Five tips for raising capital in Australia

10 December 2015

A capital raising is fundamentally a social movement. If you communicate clearly, win followers and have a unique insight people can get excited about, the money will follow. Getting target investors involved in the journey in a real way is a great first step to successfully raising capital.

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