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Episode 13 Part 1 - Glenn Butcher - Overnight Startup success is never overnight!

[fa icon="calendar'] 16/10/2018 1:12:25 PM / by Lucy Courtenay posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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In the majority of cases the overnight startup success stories that you might read or watch online, did not happen overnight! The success is a result of hard work, dedication, time, effort and energy of a dedicated team of individuals, who have probably spent many years getting the Startup to its current position.

 

To reach the point of mass attention, the startup will have gone through at least five capital raise rounds, possibly a debt round, signed deals with a significant partner/s, expanded the product offering, hired, moved office locations, fired some employees and consultants, made product pivots and amendments to board members and advisors. Essentially, the startups has been around for a few years, not a few hours.

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Episode 12 Part 4 - Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu on artificial intelligence

[fa icon="calendar'] 18/09/2018 11:55:50 AM / by Lucy Courtenay posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that has a long history but is still constantly and actively growing and changing. The general definition of AI is machine learning where a computer system is fed large amounts of data, which it then uses to learn how to carry out a specific task, such as understanding speech or captioning a photograph.

AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviours associated with Human Intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge, representation, perception, motion and manipulation.

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Episode 12 Part 3 - Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu on the accountability for social media

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/09/2018 9:39:33 AM / by Lucy Courtenay posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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Accounts on sites owned by the likes of Google, Facebook, twitter and YouTube have been used to promote violent attacks and recruit people to terrorist activities around the world. But are they responsible for shutting down these types of sites on their platform?

Graphic images, threats of violence and racial content have been found online for days or even weeks, before these technology giants have removed the content.

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Episode 12 Part 2 - Ricky Sutton on Oovvuu’s fight to restore traditional media

[fa icon="calendar'] 04/09/2018 8:00:00 AM / by Lucy Courtenay posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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Facebook, Twitter and Google have come under fire for their roles in spreading misinformation and fake news. Collectively they have removed $20 billion in revenue from the media industry including traditional media publishers and broadcasters. As a result, many of us struggle to find information which is legitimate and real in a world of “fake” news.

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Episode 12 Part 1 - Ricky Sutton on overcoming adversity to build a successful Startup

[fa icon="calendar'] 28/08/2018 9:23:18 AM / by Lucy Courtenay posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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Building a business is no easy task. If it was, everyone would do it!

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Episode 11 Part 4 - Chris Sang on the benefits of a pivot.

[fa icon="calendar'] 31/07/2018 8:00:00 AM / by Jeremy Liddle posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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The term “pivot” has been a buzz word in the startup space for many years, with the perception ranging from mild to extraordinary. There a reasons why a startup may choose to pivot and as an investor, it should be expected within the portfolio. But what are the benefits of a pivot? And why is it necessary for a Startup to pivot? In this article we will explore some of the reasons and benefits of a Startup pivot:

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Episode 11 Part 3 - How to pick a Unicorn Startup

[fa icon="calendar'] 24/07/2018 8:00:00 AM / by Jeremy Liddle posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, investing

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Now, if picking a unicorn startup was easy, then everyone would do it! :-)

But there are certain criteria and characteristics that you can look for within a Startup, which can assist you in picking a good startup, that may (one day?!) turn into the elusive unicorn.

A potential Unicorn from an investors perspective:

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Episode 11 Part 2 - Benefits of investing in Venture Capital

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/07/2018 9:48:49 AM / by Jeremy Liddle posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital

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Investing by following a lead investor, with a track record for successfully investing in Startups, is a great way to learn about the asset class and achieve a return.


In a recent article published by me in the AFR - Why you shouldn’t be an angel investor in startups, Australian early stage angel investors often treat startup investing like horse racing. They punt with money they are willing to lose and approach the investment with a lack of discipline which leads to very poor returns.

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Episode 11 Part 1 - Chris Sang on Australian Startups in USA Accelerator programmes

[fa icon="calendar'] 03/07/2018 10:51:06 AM / by Jeremy Liddle posted in investors, Podcast, Startup, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital

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Many startups today look to accelerator programmes to give their business the “jump start” they need to get ahead.

Starting a business is really hard!

So an accelerator programme can open doors, connect the founders with people people that can help, provide opportunities for growth and enable founders to test the market/product offering in a supported environment.

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Why you shouldn't be an angel investor in start-ups

[fa icon="calendar'] 27/06/2018 10:35:43 AM / by Jeremy Liddle posted in investors, investing decision, Investment, Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Investor

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Australian early stage angel investors often treat start-up investing like horse racing. They punt with money they're willing to lose, but this approach has led to a lack of discipline and very poor returns.

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