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The ‘six or out’ VC approach to portfolios

Venture capital investments rely on a portfolio with a few big wins, or sixes, to overcome the dot balls and wickets. How do companies survive the slogging over many innings?

Five tips for better startup investing

Investing in startups and untried ideas is risky but there are some ways to swing the odds in your favour, without becoming bogged down in running the business. It's mainly about the people.

Have tech investors suckled for too long?

Central banks have created surplus capital looking for a home, and Tesla is a classic example of an unprofitable tech company that has benefited. It survives on a dream rather than the ability to make cars.

Being Jon Medved: three decades of start-up investing

Jon Medved is a legend of start-up investing, funding over 200 companies and leading many lucrative exits. In such an exciting space where hundreds of deals come his way each year, what does he look for?

How to invest in early-stage tech businesses

The Australian start-up and venture capital scene is coming of age, and new changes to legislation will make it easier to crowd-fund without the complexity of traditional equity raisings.

Startups, innovation and the Australia-Israel bridge

The number one requirement for a successful startup is resilience in the face of adversity. What lessons can Australian innovators learn from early-stage Israeli ventures, and what are the chances of success?

How angel investors give birth to disrupters

Angel investors are often the first source of funding for start-ups with little more than an idea, but success relies on execution and learning how to go to the next level.

What are all these fintech startups actually doing?

There is healthy activity in fintech startups across Australia, and many new businesses will come to market in the next few months. What did the audience think when they saw 31 such businesses present in rapid-fire?

Valuations in the tech sector: what’s the deal?

Valuations of technology companies are driven by both external and internal factors, but it's still more art than science. There's no magic formula amid the guesswork but there are some basic principles to follow.

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At 98-years-old, Charlie Munger still delivers the one-liners

The Warren Buffett/Charlie Munger partnership is the stuff of legends, but even Charlie admits it is coming to an end ("I'm nearly dead"). He is one of the few people in investing prepared to say what he thinks.

Should I pay off the mortgage or top up my superannuation?

Depending on personal circumstances, it may be time to rethink the bias to paying down housing debt over wealth accumulation in super. Do the sums and ask these four questions to plan for your future.

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