• Hacking SEO with Mr. X (How to Drive 1M+ Organic Traffic Per Month)

    Some of Mr. X's incredible SEO campaigns: • $7M raised for a leading photo site, traffic growth from <2M to 6M sessions per month (in 6 months)... yes that's M for million. • 164% increase in SaaS revenue for an online career company that now hits over $100M in annually; monthly traffic 340K --> 1.5M+ sessions per month, YoY • 238% bump in traffic for leading Australian SaaS company you've definitely heard of; monthly traffic 140K -->750K+ What will you learn? -an overlooked SEO tactic that can lead to doubling the organic traffic on one page -how to turn your content into a lead-gen machine by giving people what they want "bonus" content -the 80/20 rule of outreach find the people who can help you promote content across multiple domains and customer touchpoints

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  • Have an Idea for a Startup? What you Shouldn’t do Next.

    Telstra Conference Centre, First Floor - Theaterette Room

    Note: You will need to get a ticket here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/have-an-idea-for-a-startup-what-you-shouldnt-do-next-tickets-32877202598?aff=Meetup) to make sure we get you a seat. If you have an idea and are looking at taking it to the next level, find out what the most important areas you need to focus on are, like validating your idea, and what you should avoid. There are so many things that can do before acquiring your first customer. Founders are bombarded with information and ‘buzz words’ like seed funding, product-market fit, validation, early adopters and so much more. What we want to talk about are the pitfalls that you need to avoid in the early days of working on your product. Let’s deep-dive into the topic of product validation and talk about the steps you need to take before writing a single line of code, make sure your idea has legs and it’s worth moving forward with it. We will explore the areas that you should be focusing your energy in the early days of your product development and how idea-validation works. RSVP Now (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/have-an-idea-for-a-startup-what-you-shouldnt-do-next-tickets-32877202598?aff=Meetup)to join us! PRESENTER The presenter will be Shahin Hoda, Appster’s Head of Traction Labs. Appster is the fastest growing app development company in Australia. With offices in 3 continents from Melbourne to San Francisco, Appster has a focus on working with people with incredible ideas and a vision for creating the most innovative app technology company in the world. Traction Labs is a division of Appster that helps technology companies validate their idea through extensive empirical data and research. Having worked with more than 50 startups, Shahin has explored what works and what doesn’t when it comes to early stage product validation. Also, spending time in startup hubs around the world from San Francisco, to Brussels, to Dubai and now Melbourne and working with many founders has allowed him to identify what kind of research startups need to do before moving to the next stage of their product development. Join us (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/have-an-idea-for-a-startup-what-you-shouldnt-do-next-tickets-32877202598?aff=Meetup) to hear the tricks of the trade that both startups and established companies can use when launching a new product. Agenda: 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Registration and Networking 7.00pm - 8.00: Talk and Presentation 8.00pm - 8.30pm: Q&A 8.30pm onward: Networking Don't forget to RSVP here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/have-an-idea-for-a-startup-what-you-shouldnt-do-next-tickets-32877202598?aff=Meetup) to get a seat!

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  • How Spaceship built a Waitlist of 12,000 People in 30 Days and Raised $1.6M

    Telstra Conference Centre, First Floor - Theaterette Room

    *** Please note: this event requires a ticket to check-in with our scanner. Please get your ticket here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spaceship-how-we-built-a-waitlist-of-12000-in-30-days-melbourne-tickets-31175515807?aff=meetup) *** Disruptive Startups 2017 will be interviewing Paul Bennetts, CEO of Spaceship. Spaceship CEO, Paul Bennetts, started his career at Goldman Sachs and kept his head down as the GFC hit. He then became the Investment Manager for the $500m Tulla Family Office. For the past 2.5 years, Paul has been a Venture Partner at AirTree Ventures, a $250M Venture Fund. Today, he's building Spaceship. A place to invest your Super where the world is going. Spaceship is a technology-focused Superannuation Fund offering a diversified portfolio with tech at its core, built for those with long investment horizons. Spaceship is looking to completely change the landscape of superannuation. We've seen technology immerse itself throughout society, but not our Super. Until now. In the first few months of it’s launch, Spaceship has built a waiting list of 16,000 and attracted investment from some of the best-known figures in the tech space such as Mike Cannon-Brookes (co-founder of Atlassian, $5bn NASDAQ listed company) and Li ka-Shing (~$30bn net worth, early investor in Skype, Spotify andFacebook) to launch Spaceship early next year. Come join us for a drink and find our how they did it. Agenda: 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Registration and Networking 7.00pm - 8.00: Interview Guest Speaker 8.00pm - 8.30pm: Q&A 8.30pm onward: Networking *** Get a ticket to check-in with our scanner here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spaceship-how-we-built-a-waitlist-of-12000-in-30-days-melbourne-tickets-31175515807?aff=meetup) ***

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  • How to set up and scale a tech startup

    CQ Functions

    *** Please note: this event requires a ticket to check-in with our scanner. Please click here to get your ticket (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-to-set-up-and-scale-a-tech-startup-tickets-29361901237) *** Disruptive Startups December will be interviewing Victor Kovalev, CTO of Redbubble, Dave Slutzkin GM & CTO of SitePoint, Stax and Versent, and Andy Kelk, CTO of Marketplacer, to learn more about the people side of technology. The goal is to share practical advice on setting up and scaling technical teams for success through periods of intense growth. Culture creation & guardianship, litmus tests of effective team dynamics, “Dos & Don'ts”, etc. rooted in real-life stories and lessons learned based on the experience of growing technical teams at Redbubble, Indiegogo, Yelp, VMware, Flippa, Sitepoint, and Stax. This talk is for anyone who wants to build a successful technology startup beyond the "garage" phase – because (A) all technology is built by people, who are the true source of success of any venture and (B) everything breaks at every order of magnitude of scaling your business and your team. Victor Kovalev, CTO at Redbubble Born in Melbourne in 2006, Redbubble is an online marketplace that connects artists to buyers who choose designs applied to a wide range of products including T-shirts, stickers, posters and other mediums. Following its ASX debut last year, the company is now worth almost $300 million and has offices in Melbourne and San Francisco and will open in Berlin in 2017. Redbubble had 2.2 million customers for FY16 buying designs from 438,000 artists from all over the world. Victor joined Redbubble as CTO to lead the amazing technical team creating a home for hundreds of thousands of artists to make a living! Being an avid musician himself, Victor’s passion is in using tech to help independent artists scale – and building driven cultures that foster radical innovation. Previously, he was Indiegogo's VP of Engineering and held leadership roles at Yelp and VMware. He has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and volunteers his time as a Partner at Zoo Labs, a non-profit music incubator. Dave Slutzkin GM & CTO at Sitepoint, Stax and Versent Dave has been in the trenches in web startups for seven years. He ran Flippa from when it was tiny to when it was much bigger: experiencing a revenue and team size growth of up to 10x. His background is software development, but he dealt with every part of the business as it grew, from product management to marketing to recruitment to customer support to strategy. He then jumped across to SitePoint, which needed to transition from selling print books. He worked through moving it to an advertising and subscription-based business model, before becoming CTO of the SitePoint group of companies. More recently, he’s been building and running Stax, a newborn B2B SaaS service which helps large organisations come to grips with their AWS deployments, taking cost, risk, security, and quality lenses to the cloud. His passion is growing strong teams by putting good people in the right places and giving them the support and coaching they need to do exceptional work. Andy Kelk, CTO of Marketplacers Marketplacer launched in 2006 as an idea from two young blokes who noticed more bikes were sold in Australia than cars. The business now has offices in Melbourne, the USA, New Zealand and Germany. It’s valued at around $70 million. After successfully raised $21 million in 2016, Australian online marketplace platform Marketplacer will launch a new ticketing platform as well as expand into the UK. Andy Kelk is the CTO at Marketplacer. With a background in digital businesses, Andy combines strong technology knowledge with commercial understanding to help the business grow globally. Andy has previously worked for News Corp, REA Group, iProperty Group and Australia Post leading product and technology development. He has regularly served on executive committees and offers product and technology insight to companies supporting their digital growth in regional and global markets with a great track record of delivering transformations and operational efficiency in the fast moving, highly competitive environments. Agenda: 6.15pm - 6.45pm: Registration and Networking 6.45pm - 8.00: Interview Guest Speakers 8.00pm - 8.30pm: Q&A 8.30pm onward: Networking

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  • The Vinomofo Journey: The Largest Australian Tech Investment

    Hi Disruptive Startups, Our May speaker will be Justin Dry, the co-founder and joint CEO of Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies. Launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, Vinomofo has grown quickly and profitably to a run rate of more than $50m revenue, 400,000 members, and a team of 100+. Vinomofo is an online wine store experience that is changing the wine world. Winnier of the 2015 ORIA Online Retailer of the Year and 2014 My Business Award’s Best Employer. The company has recently closed a $25 million funding round. In 2016, Vinomofo will be going global with the roll out into six new markets, including New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States of America and China. Please register here to join us: http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you RSVP on meetup, please leave us your email and we will send you a ticket before the event date. Otherwise please RSVP on our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) and you will get a ticket in your inbox right away. If you wish to bring friends along, please RSVP for them with their email addresses separately so everyone will get their own ticket. *********************** Agenda: 6.00pm - 6.30pm: Register & Networking 6.30pm -6.45pm: Crash Course 6.45pm - 6.50pm: Break 6.50pm - 7.50pm: Interview with Keynote Speaker 7.50pm onward: Networking ************************ About Disruptive Start-Ups: ‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on: - Start-Up Education - Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0 - Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups - Raising Capital - Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors - Successful stories from Entrepreneurs - and much much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun! *********** WANT TO WORK AT APPSTER? *********** Check out our openings here: https://appster.recruiterbox.com/

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  • How Aussiecommerce got $210M turnover & raised $3M. Followed by a Fintech panel

    Hi Disruptive Startups, Our first speaker for 2016 will be Adam Schwab from AussieCommerce! Beginning with one employee in June 2010, AussieCommerce has expanded and innovated at a rapid pace. Today, the company has more than 400 employees globally and 15 e-retailers (LuxuryEscapes, brandsExclusive, TheHome, Cudo, Living Social, DEALS, PinchMe and more) under its umbrella claims an audience of more than 8 million people. AussieCommerce Group has grown to become one largest pure-play ecommerce groups in Australia in less than six years. The company currently has major offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, a warehouse in Lidcombe (NSW) and staff working across the US, New Zealand, the UK, the Philippines and the Ukraine. During FY2015 the Group turned over more than $210 million, more than 50 percent higher than FY2014 ($138 million). It has had an average year-on-year growth in revenue of 242 percent since its launch in 2010. They have raised a total of $3 million since late 2014 and has customers in Australia and the US. The success of the business has led to Mr Schwab being listed on BRW's Young Rich list with a wealth of $33m. This month we will have a special fintech panel to discuss all things fintech! On the panel we have Aris and Charlotte. Aris Allegos - Moula Aris is a co-founder and CEO of Moula; Aris co-founded Moula to provide an efficient, and responsible, way for capital to reach small businesses in Australia. They faced many challenges such as major players including OnDeck and PayPal, large well-funded American competitors. Managed to turn this challenge into a benefit as according to Mr. Allegos, “it validates the space we’re in, utilising online data to do credit checks.” In June, the company raised $30 million in Series A funding in a bid to accelerate growth and improve its product offering. Charlotte Petris - CEO and Co-Founder Timelio Charlotte is co-founder and CEO of Timelio, a peer-to-peer finance platform directly connecting businesses to investors. Charlotte founded Timelio after experiencing first-hand how difficult it was for businesses to raise finance. Timelio was recently awarded “Game Changer of the Year” by Visa and raised $500,000 capital to support their rapid growth. In less than a year Timelio has funded $10m to businesses in every state across Australia by investors around the world. In 2015, Charlotte was selected to participate in the US founded Springboard Enterprises Program for female entrepreneurs building high growth technology companies. ************************ Please register here: http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you RSVP on meetup, please leave us your email, we will send you a ticket. Otherwise please RSVP on our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you wish to bring friends along, please RSVP for them separately on our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) ************************ Agenda: 6.00pm - 6.30pm: Register & Networking 6.30pm - 6.45pm: Crash Course 7.00pm - 7.30pm: Fintech Panel 7.35pm - 8.15pm: Interview with Keynote Speaker 8.15pm onward: Networking ************************ About Disruptive Start-Ups: ‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on: - Start-Up Education - Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0 - Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups - Raising Capital - Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors - Successful stories from Entrepreneurs - and much much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun! *********** WANT TO WORK AT APPSTER? *********** Check out our openings here: https://appster.recruiterbox.com/

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  • How carbonTRACK raised $4.3m and goes global

    CQ Functions

    Hi Disruptive Startups, Our November speaker will be GEOFF GOURLEY and TOM JAMIESON from carbonTRACK. carbonTRACK is a low-cost intelligent energy management system that gives users the ability to manage and control their energy use via a simple mobile app. You can save up to 30% of household electricity bills and up to 10% in business. carbonTRACK has a Market Capitalisation of $22.5M and has completed three rounds of investment including founder, seed and Series A and raised $4.3m by 2015. carbonTRACK has established offices in Australia and South Africa, with plans to expand into Singapore, South America, Japan and the United States in 2016. Join us for a discussion covering the challenges of technology, scaling, raising seed and Series A funding as well as some of the mistakes (and wins!) we have made along the way. Please register here to join us: http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you RSVP on meetup, please leave us your email, we will send you a ticket before the event date. Otherwise please RSVP from our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/), you will get a ticket in your mail box right away. If you wish to bring friends along, please RSVP for them with their emails separately so every one will get their own ticket *********************** Agenda: 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Register & Networking 7.00pm - 8.00pm: Interview with Keynote Speaker 8.00pm onward: Networking ************************ About Disruptive Start-Ups: ‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on: - Start-Up Education - Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0 - Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups - Raising Capital - Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors - Successful stories from Entrepreneurs - and much much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun! *********** WANT TO WORK AT APPSTER? *********** Check out our openings here: https://appster.recruiterbox.com/

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  • How we raised $3.2m & built a Successful b2b startup

    Hi Disruptive Startups, Our October speaker will be Stéphane Ibos, the co-founder of Maestrano. SMEs use Maestrano to get their business applications sharing data automatically, accessible in one dashboard, without worrying about any IT requirements. Maestrano has: - Raised a total of $3.2 million in 2014. - Recognised as 2014 best startup by the Small & Medium Enterprise Association - 2014 Small & Medium Business of the Year award by the French Australian Chamber of Commerce - 2015 best startup business by the National iAwards. We'll discuss the challenges of educating customers, scaling, raising seed and series A funding as well as some of the mistakes (and wins!) they made along the way. Please register here to join us: http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you RSVP on meetup, please leave us your email, we will send you a ticket before the event date. Otherwise please RSVP from our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/), you will get a ticket in your mail box right away. If you wish to bring friends along, please RSVP for them with their emails separately so every one will get their own ticket *********************** Agenda: 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Register & Networking 7.00pm - 7.15pm: Crash Course 7.15pm - 7.30pm: Break 7.30pm - 8.30pm: Interview with Keynote Speaker 8.30pm onward: Networking ************************ About Disruptive Start-Ups: ‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on: - Start-Up Education - Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0 - Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups - Raising Capital - Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors - Successful stories from Entrepreneurs - and much much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun! *********** WANT TO WORK AT APPSTER? *********** Check out our openings here: https://appster.recruiterbox.com/

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  • The Rewardle Story: The IPO & $22m Valuation

    CQ Functions

    Hi Disruptive Startups, We are introducing Ruwan Weerasooriya, the founder and Managing Director of ASX listed Rewardle Holdings Limited (ASX:RXH). Rewardle is a social network that connects consumers with their favourite local places based on transactions The Company is aiming to be a leading platform for merchants and consumers as the worlds of marketing, social media, mobile and payments converge to change how we connect, share and transact. Ruwan dropped out of a pharmacy degree during the dot com boom to start an Internet service provider in 1994 which kicked off an entrepreneurial career in technology and media that includes a string of successful ventures prior to launching Rewardle in 2012. In 2013, Startup Daily listed Ruwan in the Top 50 Influencers in the Australian Startup Scene. In 2014 he debuted on the BRW Young Rich List with an estimated value of $22M but he has assured us that his family thinks he is priceless. We'll be chatting about his struggles, the process of IPO, raising capital, getting traction and his expansion plans. This is a startup conversation you don't want to miss! Please register here: http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you RSVP on meetup, please leave us your email, we will send you a ticket. Otherwise please RSVP on our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) If you wish to bring friends along, please RSVP for them separately on our website http://disruptivestartups.org (http://disruptivestartups.org/) *********************** Door-Prize: - one FREE Appster (http://appster.com.au/) Start-Up Ready Workshop worth $4400 to giveaway. Register your Door Prize by RSVP here: http://disruptivestartups.org/ ************************ Agenda: 6.00pm - 7.00pm: Register & Networking 7.00pm - 7.15pm: Crash Course 7.15pm - 7.30pm: Break 7.30pm - 8.30pm: Interview with Keynote Speaker 8.30pm : Door Prize announcement 8.30pm onward: Networking ************************ About Disruptive Start-Ups: ‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on: - Start-Up Education - Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0 - Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups - Raising Capital - Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors - Successful stories from Entrepreneurs - and much much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun! *********** WANT TO WORK AT APPSTER? *********** Check out our openings here: https://appster.recruiterbox.com/

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