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Pollenizer’s Mick Liubinskas encourages everyone to embrace failure [VIVID Creative Sydney]

In a six-minute, whirling-dervish, evangelical talk at VIVID Creative Sydney, Pollenizer co-founder Mick Liubinskas lets us all know why he believes that Australia's entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well.

Investible welcomes new CEO, raises $50m fund positioning itself to lead in seed.

Investible expands its commitment to become Australia’s preeminent seed-stage investment group, announcing financial services industry veteran Rod Bristow as CEO and its plans to raise a second early-stage fund.

Over $100,000 is up for grabs at Janssen’s HealthTech start-up challenge for a healthier...

Statistics show that Australians are actually living longer, but not necessarily healthier. We have one of the highest life expectancies at 84.3 years and 79.9...

Startmate’s Trump Card: A dream package for wannabe entrepreneurs!

The Sydney company plans to pick 3-4 developers and designers for a five-month program with a lot of goodies thrown in. Each of the successful entrant will receive a $50,000 investment, mentorship from more than 25 successful founders, legal advice and a two-month trip to Silicon Valley. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be offered the additional opportunity to pitch to early-stage investors at two demo days – one in Sydney and another in Silicon Valley.

This is why we are slightly embarrassed about our new website (and proud of...

This week, Anthill has undergone a massive facelift, along with the addition of a whole bunch of new features. And we're slightly embarrassed about it. Here's why.

Fail + learn = #flearn: Tweet it, post it and most importantly, share it.

The folks at Pollenizer know a thing or two about launching successful businesses – they’ve co-founded more than 25 to date. So, when they advise entrepreneurs to embrace failure in order to learn – or ‘#flearn’ – then it pays to listen.

Nikki Durkin of 99dresses talks about the challenge of sudden success

Nikki Durkin and her 99dresses enterprise have been one of the signature stories among Australian startups over the past year. In this interview with StartCast, Durkin offers insight into how she developed her company out of a simple question on a Facebook page.

Attention Australian web leaders! 9×9 Web Thinkers want to peek inside your brain…

We’re big fans of the new video project by 9x9 Web Thinkers. Not only does is look the business, it’s also got the smarts to back it up. If there is one fault we have with the concept, it is that the HTML5, while eye-popping and cool, is inherently unsharable. We would have liked to have shared a snippet with you here -- a teaser to whet your appetite -- but nay.

Spreets sold to Yahoo!7 for $40 million: What does this mean for online retail...

This morning, it was confirmed that Yahoo!7 has acquired Australian group-buying business Spreets for $40 million. The deal is the first of what is expected to become a consolidation of the Australian group-buying market. However, what's truly remarkable about this announcement is the short time-frame between Spreets' launch and its sale, after only 10 months on the Australian market.

How do you see your role in a startup?

I was thinking about the different roles people play at various stages of a startup and how they approach it, and I was reminded of this old story:

Twitter, good business models and cash registers

I spend a lot of time helping companies find the right business model. One of the first questions we ask is, “How close is your core product to the cash register?” What we mean by this is, “How far are you away from someone actually paying cash for something?” The general principle is, the closer you are, the stronger your business model.

Video snippets of startup pollenization at work

Our friends at Pollenizer, which has emerged as the fertile hub of Sydney's happening web startup scene, have launched a great new initiative to showcase the hive of activity that is Pollenizer HQ in Surrey Hills. On Fridays (starting two weeks ago), Mick Liubinskas thrusts his Flip camera in the face of colleagues and connected entrepreneurs, inviting them to share a little about the projects they're working on.

Often customers don’t want to be wowed – they want to be ‘not dissatisfied’

There isn’t just satisfaction and dissatisfaction, there’s non-satisfaction and non-dissatisfaction too. It’s important to know the difference. I did some research once on bank customers and found out that they weren’t hoping for satisfaction, just no dissatisfaction. And it really made me think.

How to launch a lean event at short notice

A couple of weeks ago, regular Anthill contributor Mick Liubinskas heard that lean startup luminary Eric Ries would be in Sydney, He and a few friends sprang into action to organise a Lean Startup event for Sydney’s digital startup community in Sydney. Here’s Liubinskas’s account of how it came together.

I’m no techie, but I want in! Lessons from the National Growth Summit.

If there's a mistake an SME can make online, I've made it in the last five years. My ecommerce site was hacked for reasons that will soon become apparent. My blog disappeared on the very same day and I avoided joining Twitter until last Friday because, “bloody hell -- I already have enough to do!”

Implementing ideas: Instinct vs Testing

Entrepreneurs like to fly by the seat of their pants, implementing ideas almost as quickly as they occur. However, successful companies know the critical importance of adding a sturdy layer of testing to the product development process. Pollenizer’s Mick Liubinskas explains.

Online Marketing By Design seminar, Sydney [video]

On 2 February, Anthill Magazine and Mumbrella co-hosted "Online Marketing by Design", a panel event held at the Shelbourne Hotel in Sydney. An extension of the successful event held in Melbourne late last year, the Sydney event sold out quickly and the room was brimming with both people and ideas about marketing in the rapidly evolving digital age.

Make sure you’re never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

Make sure you're never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

How hard is it to get a new user?

If you developing a product or service that’s designed to meet a consumer’s need, here’s the reason why you can’t just be better than what currently exists. Or you can’t just be really useful. You have to be insanely, grossly, massively, obviously, simply and wonderfully useful.

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