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  • Blog Post: How to scale effectively

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli So you want to grow… If you’ve resolved that 2015 is your year to grow your business, then you’re probably brainstorming like crazy now to find the best ways to do that. More marketing spend? A focus on referrals? Partnerships? Whether...
  • Blog Post: How to fund your first Startup – the 5 B’s

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli You’ll never forget your first. There’s something really magical about your first startup. It’s like your first love. Your first heartbreak. It’s tough, but it’s got to be done. Once you’ve committed to take action...
  • Blog Post: How can effective communication help define and drive your business?

    Guest post by Elodie Castagna & Shane Murphy, FTI Consulting What is communication? It seems fairly easy and uncomplicated to know how to communicate as we all do it in our day to day life but actually it’s quite hard to be a good and engaging communicator. A message is only successful when...
  • Blog Post: 5 common startup mistakes that you can easily avoid!

    Guest post by Catherine Eibner, Chief Startup advisor, BlueChilli When putting together the #99toLaunch startup course content it was a great reminder to me that there are some really simple and seemingly obvious things that new founders always seem to forget, miss or just plain ignore! I thought...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation Centre Startup CTO Summit

    If you are working as a CTO of your startup, come learn from our speakers as well as your peers at the Microsoft Innovation Centre Startup CTO Summit. At this two hour event, you will get a chance to hear from Scott Bowden and Michael Corbo, from our Microsoft Adelaide team, followed by a networking...
  • Blog Post: QLD Government startup initiative for not for profits

    Source: http://www.qld.gov.au/dsitia/initiatives/startup-qld/ Startup Queensland Startup Queensland funding will help build capability within the Queensland startup community, by delivering practical information, advice and networking opportunities, collaboration, connectivity, and transformational...
  • Blog Post: One Million by One Million, A Framework For The Next Rev Of Capitalism

    Guest post by Sramana Mitra Founder of the 1M/1M global virtual incubator . I have been a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley since the mid-nineties, and have experienced multiple booms and busts through the years. I have also thought deeply about the dysfunctions in capitalism, and today, I am...
  • Blog Post: More meetups coming your way!

    Hey everyone, We're at it again, woot! :) Here's a list of our upcoming meetups: Melbourne 8th October - Queens Collective 6.30pm to 8.30pm Sydney 17th October - BlueChilli 5pm to 7pm Brisbane 31st October - Queensland MIC 5.30pm to 7.30pm Perth 13th November - SpaceCubed 4.30pm...
  • Blog Post: Getting the most out of Azure in your MSDN subscription

    It’s come to our attention that a lot of people who have access to some awesome Azure benefits through their MSDN subscription don’t really know what those benefits are or how to really use them. So, this post is basically dedicated to going through 4 pretty fundamental things we think every...
  • Blog Post: 9 Great Marketing Ideas For Startups

    Guest post from Damian Wolf, Brisbane area associate of Cubic Promote . Most entrepreneurs are convinced that all they need for a successful running of their startup is some blogging about special offers, a Twitter account and a flashy looking brochure. First, why would anyone care for your brand...
  • Blog Post: Keep up to date with Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Microsoft Virtual Academy has thousands of courses on various technologies, at various skill levels and in various different forms – Live Events, Videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc. Here’s a link to some of the most popular courses right now: Windows Azure Security Overview C# Fundamentals...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: Should I set up my startup as a company?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of the Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. Question: I’m looking at setting up my startup as a company. Do you think that’s a good idea? Emma’s Response: Before...
  • Blog Post: Your Latest Idea - When to take the plunge

    Guest post from Simon Anquetil, CTO of AppHappening . If you, like me, were lucky (or unlucky) enough to have been born with that overly hyperactive part of your brain which causes symptoms such as “shiny object syndrome”, it is possible you are suffering from a condition known as Entrepreneurship...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: When do I need to register different trading names for my startup?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of the Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. #Nudgemoments startup Question from Emily via the Bizspark Blog: Hi , I have a question for Emma; If you are a sole trader and have multiple...
  • Blog Post: Making an awesome website 101

    Your website is often the author of a customer's first impression of your startup - they're so important! The good news is that making an awesome website doesn't need to be as complicated and difficult as some make it out to be - Check out this blog post on 'Top Support Solutions for Windows Azure Web...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to take your app to the next level?

    We want to work with you! Have you got a great idea for an app? Do you want to be featured in Microsoft marketing? Perhaps you’ve got an app or two in the store already. We want to help you take your app or app idea to the next level. Microsoft are running free, invitation-only, intensive 3-day...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: When does my startup need to register for GST?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month she answers the question of when does a start-up need to register for GST. #Nudgemoments Startup Question: I’ve been talking...
  • Blog Post: Check out Xtrood.com.au, an online data workflow system to better manage your customers

    A BizSpark Start-up that's delivering Software as a Service, Xtrood.com.au Why are you building this Startup? What does it do? The concept of Xtrood.com.au came from working in the credit industry for a number of years, working with automatic credit assessment. Time was spent designing web screens...
  • Blog Post: Need more online visibility?

    Hey everyone! I've had a few BizSpark Startups in Oz ask me how they can increase their online visibility, and yes I'm aware that it can be hard and daunting at times trying to compete online. So, if you're struggling with gaining traction online, please shoot me an email at esther.mosad@microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Master Design at our Prototyping Workshop

    Got an awesome app idea that utilises open data? Join us for a workshop as part of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data on how to map out a prototype of your application. Explore how to map out a user interface and key features for your application. This workshop will take place on October 17 th...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: Help! How do I prepare a budget for my StartUp?

    Every second month Emma answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month, she answers the question of where to start when it comes to preparing a budget. #Nudgemoments StartUp Question: I’m applying for R&D grants...
  • Blog Post: How Startups Can Use Social Media to Grow with Mat Beeche & Friends

    This is your chance to find out how  Jane Lu of Show Pony Fashion, Catherine Eibner of Microsoft (yep that's me!) and Fiona Anson of Hire Me Up  are each using social media to grow their businesses and profiles and how startups can make best use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms....
  • Blog Post: The importance of Design Thinking : Interview with Doug Solomon of IDEO

    I was fortunate enough to attend the Global Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (GEAP) in Bilbao Spain a few months ago and one of the most amazing things that came out of the event was the calibre of the mentors that were brought in to talk to the participants. Doug Solomon gave a session on the importance...
  • Blog Post: Asia Pacific BizSpark Summit – Sydney July 10th 2012

    The first inaugural Microsoft BizSpark Asia Pacific (APAC) Summit is happening in Sydney on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at Ballroom B, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Registration and full details of the agenda and speakers a http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/NewsAndEvents/APACSummit2012.aspx...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Networking Meetup Brisbane: with Colin Kinner

    After great feedback from our first Sydney BizSpark Networking Meetup , great response to nest Monday's Melbourne BizSpark Networking Meetup with Domenic Carosa , I am now excited to confirm the details for Brisbane’s first BizSpark Networking Meetup : On June 20 th 2012 we are kicking off our first...
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