Editor's Note

Wednesday 31 August

Oliver Milman /

Oliver Milman

As StartupSmart prepares for its first birthday tomorrow, we speak to the founders of four of Australia’s most dynamic businesses to see how they fared during their first year.

Despite now bringing in combined revenues of more than $50 million, the four businesses – Kikki K, Emma & Tom’s, RedBubble and Job Capital – suffered their fair share of confronting moments in their start-up phases.

But all of them bounced back. As Kikki K founder Kristina Karlsson puts it: “Like any start-up business we have made so many mistakes, but we welcome them all as learning experiences.”

Make sure you read each of their accounts to glean some invaluable tips on how to get through your first year in business.

Elsewhere, we have news of two promising tech start-ups pocketing $600,000 in investment via Sydney Angels and mentor Marcia Griffin explains how retailers should help you market your product.

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