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A pivot is a nice word from startup land. It generally means that we actually failed, but gives us some “licence in language” so we don’t feel like a total douche bag for getting our infallible startup idea wrong. But sometimes the pivot, is an actual pivot and not just a fail, a change in direction which creates a new path. The valuable pivots, are those slight changes in direction, or elements of focus which

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As a follower of Pollenizer’s blog, you have probably come across various hacks we talk about to support the work of entrepreneurs. A hack can come in many forms, though in the context of a startup, a hack is a solution that makes a positive impact on how we work. At Pollenizer, we are obsessed with working at speed. There is less time available to startups, and while the platform burns, so does the time needed

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Diversity may seem like the new buzz word in today's global landscape, however in a world where talent is becoming harder to retain diversity is in fact a word for all business leaders and entrepreneurs to pay attention to. Many people consider diversity to be about equality in gender and race, however it spreads further than that. To be diverse and stay ahead of the game today requires an understanding of culture on a broader

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In 2008, Pollenizer began working with it's first client. The business was called 3eep and we learned so much at the coalface with the founders Rob Antulov and Nick Gonios. Whilst the business did not survive, we retained a strong relationship with the boys who have been amazing investors and supporters of Pollenizer and instrumental in growing #startupaus. Today, we have come full circle. I am super proud to announce that Nick has joined Pollenizer

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Yesterday we shared the news, we will move our Australian operations to Hub Sydney’s expanded workspace. The relationship will consist of Pollenizer joining Hub Australia, giving the group regional (both domestically and Asia Pacific) access to well connected spaces. Pollenizer, with over 4,000 members in its network, continues to grow its guild of entrepreneurs across borders. Expanding across Australia and into Asia the company will move its home to Hub Australia. Pollenizer will embed its

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This week, Pollenizer announces its newest partnership to grow a guild of entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific. Working with leading international telco, Ooredoo, Pollenizer will design the incubation system for Myanmar’s first program for entrepreneurs, Ideabox. The program will accelerate growth of the country’s startup ecosystem by combining Pollenizer’s ‘startup science’ with Oordeoo’s resources and access to consumers. The team will work closely with Silicon Straits, a venture foundry with offices in Singapore and Vietnam that

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If February 29 existed this year, we would be 6 years old on Saturday. In 2014, this is what we have become. We are a startup studio that creates brand new startups in Asia Pacific. We work with private investors and large companies to incubate new digital businesses. We support communities of entrepreneurs to connect, learn and prosper. We are building a guild of entrepreneurs across borders. Where we have come from? It began in 2008.

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We are running lean startup bootcamp at Muru-D in Sydney. Here's some business models that the teams have developed. Can they communicate it in a tweet? Let us know in the comments any feedback on the businesses. Would you become a customer? Is it investable? Have you tried to build anything like this yourself with any learnings? https://twitter.com/benjaminfischer/status/408451491481915393 https://twitter.com/lucitemple/status/408450943156748288 https://twitter.com/samemistakeonce/status/408450437772091392 https://twitter.com/CrewWithMe/status/408450367102255105 https://twitter.com/LeBrendo/status/408450224734998530 https://twitter.com/CarpendiumAU/status/408449757082685440 https://twitter.com/AlexRantos/status/408449298599141378 https://twitter.com/luizpizzato/status/408448428687896576 https://twitter.com/nfeiglin/status/408446406077067265 https://twitter.com/IdeasAddValue/status/408452718185811968 https://twitter.com/AppVeery/status/408448325411545088 Here's some of Veery's customer validation

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Last week I headed to Melbourne with Pollenizer to pitch at the Telstra Digital Summit in front of board members, senior guests of Telstra and international visitors including Robert Scoble, Shel Israel and Brian Sollis. I have always heard that things never go to plan when pitching… and this was certainly the case last Wednesday. A few weeks back, we were provided with some information that we had to do a ten-minute pitch (which I

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TL;DR Version After five and a half years building Pollenizer I'm taking on a new challenge with Muru-D, an accelerator program sponsored by Telstra. I will stay on as a board member of Pollenizer, Oomph and WooBoard, I'll keep working to grow the ecosystem and I'll keeping working hard on (and regularly failing at) focus. Full Story "We must not cease from exploration. And, at the end of our exploring, we will arrive at where

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It's hard to get your hands on some truly big data. So, Coca-Cola Accelerator Sydney, Coca-Cola Amatil and Pollenizer have decided to change that and are joining forces to present, Firehose - a hackathon where you will get the opportunity to use big data in an extraordinary way to  win some amazing prizes. So how big is this 'big data'? About three years of supply chain data - more than 150,000,000 records - and available exclusively

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Today we were lucky to have rubbed shoulders with some of  Australia's great entrepreneurs at the Tie Sydney event, "Go Asia". These startup entrepreneurs, who are dramatically changing the business landscape, came in the droves to get insights into what is happening across Asia. The theme for today’s event is how to do business better in Asia. Here’s my take on what was discussed and highlighted by the great panellists from the TieCon event. Opportunities and

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Last night we attended the Launch of  Startup Spring, a three-week long, Australia wide festival of events and activities coordinated by StartupAUS that will celebrate and promote the tech startup community in Australia. What a way to kick off a great festival, but to open at one of Sydney's newest startup venue's 'The HUB' located on William St. Not only are we delighted to have exposure to these events, literally on our doorstep, we are

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Last Wednesday the crew from Online Marketing Strategy’s Meetup group set up in the hive, to host a full on Master class, covering everything from SEO tips and tools to breaking into China. Four leaders in Online Marketing took to the stage delivering excellent tips on exposing your business to customers online. Topics included: Keyword Research in 2013 Building a brand online Chinese Online Marketing Actionable SEO Tips and Tools The next session takes place

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'Crocodile in the Yangtze: A Westerner Inside China's Alibaba.com' follows China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US e-commerce giants on the way to building China's first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. Which is now bigger than Amazon and eBay combined. An independent memoir written, directed and produced by Porter Erisman who worked in Ma's company for eight years, Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional ups and downs

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Make use of next month's August Startup Bundle, and get the chance to really discover the next step in running your business. Here's a great chance for you to kick start those plans you've been talking about for a long time. What you get:  Access to all Academy courses for the month A copy of Pollenizer's Startup Focus Book  30 Days access to the Hive co-working space *Terms and Conditions will apply, and this offer will

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Introducing a new line up of amazing courses to help you grow your business. Whether you are beginning from scratch or just have some kinks to iron out, take the next steps in determining where you are headed by integrating Focus into your current structure. With that we are sending our Building Lean Startups course further, with classes taking place in different cities in Australia. Find out more below: Focus Your Startup - Sydney Tuesday August

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For 2 years, being focused heavily on Pollenizer and our startups, plus starting a family, I've said no to working with other companies. Now I've got some time and am keen to mix it up with some new teams and ideas. Here are some ways I'd like to help you; Advisory I've always enjoyed helping companies and their people develop over time. Working together over six months I'm confident we can make an impact on

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Appiness has come to a close. A HUGE thank you to everyone that made it such a great success. Everyone was a winner on the day but prizes were awarded to... Poppy - First place Binable - Second place Play2Up - Peoples' Choice Spares - SAPI award Nine out of the 11 final pitches/demos are now on YouTube  Play2Up (RSL) Give'N'Go (RSL) Poppy (RSL) Check with Charlie (Planet Ark) pRecycle! (Planet Ark) Doogooda (Red Cross)

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