The secret to a successful startup..? Sales. Without them no validation, no feedback, no customers, no business!
Follow the Lean Startup approach and do a controlled release of your product or service to some people (or businesses) you think would be interested.
By recording their feedback you will eliminate expensive future mistakes, discover that you were wrong and there is no market or receive a couple of orders which will allow you to beta test.
Another option is to contact one of the largest businesses you believe should be interested and offer to build your product/service especially for them. This gives you a real world test site, honest feedback (you can tell if they have been using it or not) and, if they stay with you until the product/service is finished, a testimonial and reference site for future prospects.
Much more efficient than spending a year building a business only to find there is no market for it!
Is the above business-like approach really outside the capabilities of our elected officials? When every vote counts decisions can be compromised. This is an unfortunate fact since Democracy (or what we now know as Democracy) began.
It would therefore be prudent to appoint a successful business person to head such a Department with powers level with that of a Minister, to ensure success.
The saving of hundreds of thousands of dollars would result, if expedited correctly, an amount equal to hundreds of people not having to pay tax for a year. As the appointee would be on a contract they would have no fear of losing votes, leading to decisive and correct decisions being made.
Surely a winner for everyone, especially as the above savings figure is extremely conservative. In fact savings of millions of dollars would be the set target, anything less being regarded as a failure, over the term of implementation (years).
But would politicians have the courage to give someone the power and authority to achieve this? Unfortunately I fear not, for once again they would wonder if introducing such a system might anger some minority groups and lose them votes. Or potentially cause disgruntled public servants to voice discontent. The right person for this role would take note of any such discontent and target them for removal.
Change is far easier to implement when you have new employees who are unaware of ‘old’ procedures, and are more willing to accept new ways of thinking.
So George Pell’s excuse is summed up as “I didn’t do anything because no-one asked me too.” You can’t be in a senior position and just ignore issues!
With that senior position comes responsibility and accountability.
From that statement alone he should be removed from his current position.
– Facebook has devalued friends,
– Twitter has devalued opinions,
– Instagram has reduced a pictures worth from 1,000 to just 10 words.
It is a very different world we live in today than it was just five years ago, and in five years time it will be completely different again.
The pace of change increased exponentially after the Internet, 9/11, the Global Financial Crisis and now Blockchain.
Hold on and buckle up, for no-one knows exactly what comes next. Particularly when Blockchain changes the very way we do things now and, if allowed to, could make the big four banks obsolete.
Crude oil prices have decreased by 70% over the past 18 months and yet bowser prices have reduced by only around 30%…where’s the ACCC??
Prices now (January 2018) are still reaching highs above where crude oil Singapore pricing was a lot dearer…so who is ripping us off?
Petrol is a necessity purchase and as such we have to buy it now matter the price…and they know this.
So they keep increasing the price, affecting the middle and lower classes the most.
It is extortion by stealth.
My eBook has now been sold in 8 different countries…does that qualify me as an “Internationally Published Author”? I love the internet!