Onto the next Jobs
Thursday, August 25, 2011/
The business world may be awash with the news of Steve Jobs’ exit as CEO of Apple, but Weekend Reads is always looking for the next big thing rather than pondering on the past.
With US seed fund behemoth YCombinator announcing that it is backing a record 63 start-ups, here’s a look at the five that look most likely to go the distance.
Tech start-ups looking for a helpful financial shove will have been heartened by Facebook’s plans to invest more in emerging ventures than ever before, while this guide on how to raise $1 million is a worthwhile read for those not able to tempt a social media giant.
Encouragingly, there appears to be investment for start-ups in Australia, if you look hard enough. ASSOB, which links investors with new businesses, has just hit its 20,000 subscriber.
Not that you necessarily need stacks of funding to grow your business. Mashable’s list of the eight start-ups that are set to change the world contains plenty of ventures that have done it on a shoestring.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are some businesses that are destined for failure. Before you launch, it’s worth checking out this list of the 10 small business industries you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
How good is your website? If it needs a bit of a re-jig, you may want to garner some inspiration from Time’s list of the 50 best websites in the world.
Finally, a red-blooded American entrepreneur gives a bullish response to Warren Buffett’s suggestion that the rich should pay more tax.
Be honest about your situation: How vulnerability helps businesses thrive Sue Parker DARE Group founder
Own it: The 10 things you need to do to manage your personal brand Lisa Stephenson Who Am I Projects founder
Six invaluable lessons: What 20 years in aged care taught me about being an entrepreneur Natasha Chadwick NewDirection Care founder
An entrepreneurial superpower: Eight tips to help develop resilience Adala Bolto ZADI Training co-founder
Going through a lull? Five areas you should invest in when sales drop Tamara Alaveras and Sonia Majkic 3 Phase Marketing co-founders
Stop telling us how busy you are, it's boring and charmless Ian Whitworth Scene Change co-founder
Blandification™ and the state of modern branding Jeffrey Oley The Offices co-founder
Why you should find the right role for the right person — not the other way around Bruce Stronge Outfit founder