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I'm obsessed with problems. When I hear someone complain about something I can't help but to think about a solution, a "better way". Needless to say that our recent move to France provided a whole new level of exposure to "problems" since complaining about everything and nothing is a French favourite pass-time. I recently got intrigued by the processes (or rather lake of) of our local driving schools ("auto-écoles"). I had to book some lessons

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What is most likely to be the seed for a successful web business? Most would probably say an idea or a great team. Vijay Anand thinks not and argues that what really matters is to start by finding noticeable pain points that a sizeable audience would pay to see removed. Here is what it looks like when Vijay puts it down into steps: Step 1: Identify your audience Step 2. Identify their value system Step

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At FlikGift we decided to run an experiment on the Google Chrome platform. The question we asked ourselves was: Can we make the default Chrome new tab window at least 10 times better by displaying beautiful birthday reminders with some FlikGift magic? For those of you not familiar with the Chrome platform, The Chrome browser features a neat app store called the Chrome Web Store (CWS). The CWS has nearly 43,000 applications available for Chrome

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We've already got 50 registrations and we've caped the event at 80 so if you haven't got one already make sure you grab your ticket now! As we are getting closer to the event, and to answer some feedback we've received, we've decided to give all participants more clarity around the terms of the Pollenizer Ventures $10k investment. Here are the terms you can find on the event page: The $10,000 investment prize is to

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Sensis and Pollenizer have partnered to offer you a 2 day hackathon with over $50,000 worth of prizes and perks. On Saturday March 24 all the idea generators, code masters and design maestros come together to brainstorm. Ideas are sparked, teams are formed, products are scoped, and it all culminates in a series of pitches to our panel of industry experts. All teams get feedback and the best are encouraged to continue on. Teams will

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There is quite a lot to learn from spammers when it comes to landing pages. Check this one out: http://paleorecipebook.com/ The structure goes as follows: #1 Hook #2 Value (bullet points) #3 More value (details) #4 WOW! BONUS! #5 OMG! More bonuses. #6 Did I mention bonuses? #7 Reviews #8 More reviews. All these ppl can't be wrong right? #9 Buy button #10 Security #11 Buy button again Notes: - They don't bother wasting precious

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At any point in time there are at least 6 web businesses being incepted, tested, built or grown within our walls. That is: - 6 backlogs - Dozens of tasks created daily - Dozens of tasks closed daily When a task is created, how do we know that it is ready to be put in a sprint? By defining what "ready" means to us! Definition of Ready The same applies to "Done". When someone says

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Hi! My name is Pierre, and I'm a domain junky. I own close to a hundred domain names and I haven't bought one in over a week! *cue for clapping* Finding a good domain name is a real challenge. You'll need a lot of creative juice to come up with something that domain squatters haven't put their hands on... yet! So challenging it is, but not impossible. Here are some tips on the process I

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I was recently travelling in Europe and as I was waiting for my Nice to Dubai flight to board I noticed the following billboard ad: Thoughts in my mind went as follow: 1. I wish I was the target audience ;) 2. What a great focus! 3. Wait a minute... 4. lol, @mick would love that! 5. This is a great location for such ads. This gate is pretty much solely used for Nice >

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The Pollenizer team is constantly exposed to a flux of new entrepreneurs with web-businesses ideas. This stream comes to us either via our Bootcamp sessions, Pitches rounds, Investors network or more broadly via the various social media tools our antennae can reach. This is awesome! Seeing so much entrepreneurial energy in the Australian web industry is one of the best thing we could all wish for. This energy is fueling us everyday to build more

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Sometime ago I wrote a blog post advertising a Project/Product manager position open at Pollenizer. I received a flood of applications, some good ones, some bad ones as you can expect. Today I received a nice email from James Goldie with this video attached: Now that's what I'm talking about! Needless to say that we are now all looking forward to meet James :) ...and I might just watch it one more time

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Photo Credits: BenJTsunami - See original here. From time to time one of our portfolio companies gets to be featured on a prime time TV show (A Current Affair, Today Tonight...). This has obvious benefits for the business in terms of publicity, but it comes at a price for the poor servers that have to serve millions of requests in a very very short time frame. In that context you can assume that your site

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Photo credits: x-ray delta one - Four divers Pollenizer is looking to hire a Junior / Mid-weight Project/Product Manager. Woohoo! Is that person you? See below. The lucky winner will have to do stuff like: Spend half of his/her day in Jira and/or wire framing cool products Spend the other half in meetings and Skype calls / chats Spend the third half doing another gazillion things The profile we are after (in no specific order):

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Photo by Richard Giles - See on Flickr World-renowned for its buzzing nightlife, dazzling ice sculptures, and exotic street fair*, now the City of Perth can add one more line to its list of solid attractions - The Edge of the Web conference. Take a couple of hundred international geeks, add several dozen speakers, re-searchers and web enthusiasts, sprinkle with a handful of professionals trying to figure out “what that Twitter thing is good for”,

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More pictures on our Flickr and the floor plan here (our space is the "Commercial 1") :) Lev 1, 65-67 Foveaux St, Surry Hills Find us on a map here. Get a desk, chair, net access, printer, board room, kitchen, whiteboards and high ceilings Share your office with web business, mobile and creative companies Rent one to eight desks month by month for $600 a month, or book in for 3 months or more for

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Don't be tempted by the 98 octane hi-revving twin-supercharged speedster; sometimes it's a simple, reliable, well-understood and easy-to-repair diesel you need. One of my favourite episodes from Top Gear is the “Big Trip To Africa”. Jeremy Clarkson and his two sidekicks have to buy a car each for £1,500 and then drive it across Botswana. James May (aka Captain Slow) picks an old Mercedes 230E. Jeremy and Richard Hammond laugh, thinking that driving an old

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