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Thoughts – pauljmorris

Cornershop’s post-mortem

I recently lodged our official company closure forms to the Australian Securities Commission (ASIC). This is a formality the Australian Government requires all companies that are winding up their affairs to carry out. It’s never a good day when one fills out these forms but I’m not one to mope about.

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Beyond the survey

While surveys are a tried and true method for soliciting customer feedback, you may have other, potentially more powerful and accurate methods at your disposal that you might not be fully leveraging.

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Book review: Ten Types of Innovation

I’ve been reading Ten Types of Innovation by Larry Keeley and Helen Walters lately and am thoroughly enjoying it. Their framework is applicable to companies of all sizes (start-ups to corporate behemoths who have been around for eons.)

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The sharing economy

Lately I’ve been very interested in the idea of people sharing their private assets with others either to make some extra money or as a way to connect with new people. Whilst recently in San Francisco – a place where many sharing services are pioneered – I decided to talk with people more about their sharing motivations.

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Customer experience; the new differentiator

For as long as people have been trading, businesses large and small have looked for key elements that would differentiate them over competitors. The thinking behind this is that if you’re different – in a “good” way – customers will notice you and more likely purchase from you – possibly at a premium.

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Platform thinking

Platforms are products on steroids. While individual products solve individual problems, platforms extend products by applying the same solution to multiple scenarios. They’re also more conducive to recurring revenues.

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Business plans are old school thinking

Business plans were once the most important tool in the small business repertoire. It was the go-to document for investors and Bank managers alike. It signalled that you were serious about your venture, and you were to be taken seriously. Today, they’re barely worth the paper they’re written on. Bob Dylan was right about the times a-changin’.

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The Australian startup visa

Here’s an idea for Government. How about we consider a visa specifically for entrepreneurs looking to create businesses here in Australia?

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The NBN: our generation’s flagship utility project – Part II

My first essay on this subject discussed the benefits of the NBN to Australia and why it’s important for us as a nation. In Part II of this essay series, I’d like to explore the details around its implementation and why it’s imperative we get this right.

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The NBN: our generation’s flagship utility project – Part I

Our ancestors witnessed the installation of electricity networks, our grandparents saw thousands of kilometres of rail laid to connect cities with remote regions, now we’re about to witness the rollout of broadband Internet nationwide. It’s an incredible time to be alive.

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