Alice Hargreaves

"Going Global: Launching Finder.com" an expert talk with Fred Schebesta

"Going Global: Launching Finder.com" an expert talk with Fred Schebesta

"Don't be Times Square" 

More than 50 StartCon entrepreneurs joined us for a night of key insights from Founder of Finder.com and Finder.com.au, Fred Schebesta. The focus of the talk was going global: how, when, and why. Having launched in the US last year, Fred was keen to impart some lessons learned. 

Why SydStart became StartCon

Why SydStart became StartCon

On October 30th 2015 we announced a huge change. Sydstart was no more and we were becoming StartCon. 

This came as a shock to the Sydney entrepreneur community who had grown to love Sydstart's annual conference in Sydney. When we meet Sydney entrepreneurs we are often asked the question "why StartCon?" 

The reason is simple, we wanted to create a network for our entrepreneurs that had the ability to span outside of one city.

Chris Hexton on growing through content: A case study

Chris Hexton on growing through content: A case study

"We've never raised any money"

Even if you have the best product in the world, with no customers, your business is going no where. 

For some businesses, online content is a great first step to growing your customers. 

At a recent StartCon event, Chris Hexton, CEO and Founder of Vero, went into detail about how this strategy worked for Vero.

Email Marketing 101: Chris Hexton Fireside chat

Email Marketing 101: Chris Hexton Fireside chat

"Startups aren't emailing enough" 

Over 50 StartCon entrepreneurs were in for a night of email marketing advice from CEO and Founder of Vero, Chris Hexton. 

Diajeng Lestari and Zaky on Growing an Indonesian Startup

Diajeng Lestari and Zaky on Growing an Indonesian Startup

E-commerce is changing consumer habits, and online shops are sprouting all over the world, giving these businesses access to a broader market.

At the SydStart 2015 Fireside Chat, Freelancer.com Sr. Vice President for Growth Willix Halim spoke with the CEOs behind two of Indonesia’s leading e-commerce platforms. They discussed about Indonesian startups and enumerated growth hacking strategies behind their huge success.

Mark Bouris on the Fundamentals of Success

Mark Bouris on the Fundamentals of Success

“Never underestimate who you are closing a deal with. I did, and learned my lesson”

Taking a break from UberPITCHES to go on the SydStart stage, Mark Bouris -- founder of Wizard Home Loans, and current chairman of Yellow Brick Road -- talked about how it all started. In 1999, after he founded Wizard Home Loans, he sought capital and approached the late media tycoon Kerry Packer. He went to Kerry’s office, presented his startup, and walked away with his much-needed capital, but not before facing Kerry’s difficult and eye-opening three questions.

Ainun Najib on Independence Through Coding

Ainun Najib on Independence Through Coding

In what ways can coders and tech people help improve a nation?

Code4Nation, a group founded by Ainun Najib, proved that they can do phenomenal things for the betterment of their country. Ainun shared stories of their projects in a fireside chat with Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie at SydStart 2015.

Alaister Low on Keys to Success in Internet Marketing

Alaister Low on Keys to Success in Internet Marketing

“Everything You Know About Internet Marketing is Wrong.” 

That’s Alaister Low’s straightforward introduction to his SydStart 2015 keynote presentation. Alaister is the Senior Director of Warrior Forum and Warrior Payments. Alaister shared fresh insights on internet marketing with the crowd at SydStart and especially pointed out that startups, growth, funding and PR don’t matter without customers.

Christopher Koch on the Valuation of Tech Companies in Public Markets

Christopher Koch on the Valuation of Tech Companies in Public Markets

How public markets and venture financing differ.

 

Christopher Koch, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Freelancer Limited, gave his keynote presentation about the Valuation of Technology Companies in Public Markets at SydStart 2015. This talk was at the start of a heated month of debate in global public markets on the challenges of privately held ‘unicorns’ going public, and just ahead of some key investors’ write-downs of privately held ‘unicorns’, along with the eventful Square and Match IPOs.

Matt Barrie on How to Not Get Screwed in Venture Financing

Matt Barrie on How to Not Get Screwed in Venture Financing

"A friendly Venture Capitalist is not the solution to your problems. You are the solution to your problems."

Where do you think the best place it is to raise money?
a) Friends, Fools and Family
b) Angel Investors
c) Venture Capitalists or,
d) Stock Exchange

If you think it was a trick question. It was.