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  • Blog Post: 5 Things Startups Need to Know About the Changes to Employee Share Option Plans (ESOP)

    Guest post by Tom Willis, Digital Marketing Manager, LawPath In a move that is being heralded as a win for the startup community, especially early stage startups, the Australian government have made significant changes to the way ESOPs are taxed. Effective from July 1 2015, employees who are offered...
  • Blog Post: How Can Your Startup Benefit From the $20,000 Business Tax Break?

    Guest post by Rob Chaloner, Founder and Managing Director of  Stratton . Rob is passionate about developing smarter ways to buy and finance cars. With  stratton , he's working to help Australian buyers disrupt the traditional car buying, financing, and insurance markets through smarter products and online...
  • Blog Post: When is it time to Register a Company?

    Guest post by Tom Willis, Digital Marketing Manager, LawPath Most Australian businesses don’t realise the impact legal structure has on their business. The majority of us will start our entrepreneurial journey with an ABN (Australian Business Number), and operate with this as a sole trader or...
  • Blog Post: 20% more profit in the next 60 days

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling It's now early May. Where do you think you will be by the end of June? By the end of December? My name is Peter Gjersoe. I am a fellow small business owner with 34 years experience in delivering solutions that help clients grow...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, Will They Come?

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling Are you looking for an effective way to develop products? Have you been burned by the traditional product development process before? If you answered yes to either question this article will be of interest to you. This is to all...
  • Blog Post: AngelHack Sydney 2015 - May 2nd & May 3rd

    Are you ready for a weekend of hacking, food and free massages (yep, free massages)? AngelHack is coming to Sydney with its AH8 Global Hackathon Series! Developers, designers and business minds will join forces, team up and build great things in 24 hours. The team with the best idea will enter the HACKcelerator...
  • Blog Post: How-to create magnificent stuff clients want, using lean startup methodology

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling Imagine for a moment that you are hurrying up the steps to your ideal client’s office. You are full of enthusiasm looking forward to sharing the excitement of your new product. Developed especially for this client. You have...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Speakers Series: Noel Verma (PwC) R&D and Government Grants

    You are invited to join the first Microsoft BizSpark evening for startups, small & medium business (and those interested) in Adelaide. Noel Verma, Senior Manager at PwC will be joining us to discuss the range of funding options available to startups in Australia. This includes things such as the...
  • Blog Post: Startup Meetups coming up - Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney

    It's been a while since we've had a meetup, but we're finally getting back in to it! As usual, any and all are welcome! We're a friendly bunch and you can ask anyone that's been to one of these, it's a great couple of hours with likeminded people, drinks and pizza! We'll be in these cities on these...
  • Blog Post: A lecture series for Product Managers and Entrepreneurs

    Guest post by Michael McPherson, IASRP.org The secret to developing software and tech products that have phenomenal growth and fanatical customer loyalty Research conducted over 30 years by software association IASRP.org , discovered there is a common method to products that end up experiencing...
  • 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: Brisbane Startup Meetup + Queensland MIC SCRUM are joining

    As most of you would know, we've got startup networking drinks at the Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) next Friday afternoon from 5.30pm - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bizspark_au/archive/2014/09/24/more-meetups-coming-your-way.aspx But things just got even better, the MIC will be holding their...
  • 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: 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: Sydney BizSpark Azure & Phone 7 Startup Camp Agenda announced

    I have finally signed off on the last of the updates to the Agenda for this weekends BizSpark Azure & Phone 7 startup BONANZA! I am so excited to bring together such a great range of both Technical & Business sessions for our attendees! Agenda Day 1 Thursday 24th – Technical Deep Dive Presented...
  • Blog Post: Partner Connect Roadshow– March 2011

      View online version     Bigger, better – and back again! Microsoft's business building roadshows are back for 2011 – and we're coming to your State capital this March. So clear your calendar for the Partner Connect Roadshow. You'll get a full day of incredibly valuable information –...
  • Blog Post: Pollenizer BootCamp hits Perth!

    Its a great time to be a Start Up in Australia! There is so much activity going on! Perth in particular seems to be a growing hub of energy! I have just head that local Web Incubator Pollenizer is running a Bootcamp specifically for start ups in Perth. Space is limited so get in Quick! In a nut shell...
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