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Tim Andrew | StartUpDad
Hi, my name's Tim. I'm a dad of four. I've also recently embarked on my first startup enterprise. This is where I share my learnings about juggling both sets of responsibilities!
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That was one of my goals and with just under 24 hours left, how did I go? I NAILED IT! (Kind of) Source: NAILED IT At this end of the scale, OI worked out that I've earned more or less $1.7M in the last 10 years. Awesome. Where is... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Startup Dad
On this day that celebrates that most powerful of all emotions, LOVE, I thought I'd write a post to remind myself of the difference between love and addiction. I sometimes get the two confused. The word love gets used freely, as it should, however as is often the case with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Startup Dad
1. I made them all up, on my own, without anyone checking my grammar (or sanity). I often write them on a a plane in the first 30 minutes of the flight before the seatbelt sign gets switched off. It's usually bumpy and sometimes it's hard to read my (already... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Startup Dad
Did you notice too that the prevailing sentiment across social media at the end of 2013 was 'Thank f*** that's over'? Along with that though, I also noticed a pervading sense of optimism and growing confidence that 2014 is going to be better. It will be better. It will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Startup Dad
I am lucky to have a very full life. I'm husband to a gorgeous wife, dad to four healthy active kids, and lead a tech business where I get to work with friends and fun people every day. That's plenty, but it turns out that there's room for more as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Startup Dad
Depending on what qualifies as an actual 'start' date for a start up, Split It recently turned two years old. Like with your children, it's quite a milestone and part of you is just chuffed you haven't accidentally killed them by now - it's a dangerous world out there, particularly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Startup Dad
At the end of a great conversation with a friend in Sydney recently, we left to do two very different tasks. I left to find and employ two people and she left to make 15 people's roles redundant. Neither task is easy, but both were the right step for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Startup Dad
As your business starts to grow, it's easy to get completely wrapped up in the details of what makes it tick, its unique problems, how customer interact with it and why they do and don't (mostly don't) do things the way you want them to. One of the great things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Startup Dad
I'm completely biased, but my kids are pretty good looking. They're blondies (all four of them), nice smiles and generally just about ideal marketing fodder. As an added bonus they like to wear our promo t-shirts too. So, can I use them in advertising campaigns with cute slogans. How about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Startup Dad
I have found over the last three or four years, both working inside a large organsiation and getting a start up business off the ground, that the biggest deciding factor in whether you succeed or not lies with your FANs. Your FANs are almost always able to answer your most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Startup Dad
I'm fortunate enough to help out as an Advisor for a great company called VentureScout that helps large corporate companies connect with emerging businesses and entrepreneurial talent. One of VentureScout's current projects is helping Castrol cordinate their Castrol 20/20 Challenge - coming up in September in Shanghai. If you're involved... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Startup Dad
Here's a link to a presentation I recently did for some of the good people at GE Australia on How to think like a digital startup. Let me know what you think and whether you agree! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Startup Dad
All… There are people in life who always see the opportunities, not the risks. They always believe there’s room for one more, or a better way to get things done. They also tend to be very open with their ideas, knowledge and connections believing that there’s no need to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Startup Dad
**Warning - language which may cause distress is used in this post** There's a far worse word than the usual suspect. It gets used everyday and unlike the over-used expletive that most people will have had pop in their heads from the title of this post, it is the cause... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Startup Dad
One of the things that occupies a great deal of time and energy when you’re very first thinking about your new business is what to call it. Should it be witty, a pun, something obvious, a completely made up name or a real word, but with vowls mssng? Whatever it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Startup Dad
Whatever size business you run, you are an energy giver - a supplier of fuel for growth, problem solving, innovation and general happiness. You need to provide energy to everyone you interact with - your team, investors, suppliers and of course family and friends. So how do you make sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Startup Dad
One of the great things about working in a startup is the lack of predictability. Every day is a roller-coaster ride of emotional highs and lows – getting stuff done, creating opportunities, missing out on deals and having new concepts thrown in your lap. Your tasks vary from day-to-day to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Startup Dad
Hi Alan Good to hear from you and glad to hear you're thinking of going for it. Best advice I can give you at this point is how you can do the absolute bare minimum to test your idea with the customers who you think would get the most value from it. If they will 'buy it' you're onto something, if not - time to think about modifying it. A good resource is to read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries - bit of a bible for us. Good luck and let me know how you go.
Hi Lachlan - glad you enjoyed the post. Depending on how complex an online presence you need, I'd actually suggest an interface like the one I use for this blog. These are good for simple and relatively basic websites where you want to control text and images, but don't need to actually use it as an application for your customers to use (i.e. what we do at is on the complex end of the scale). Check out and While both set up for bloggers, you can adapt the sites to do what you want. If you've got some basic html skills, you can actually get a long way with them with no developer assistance required. If you're after something a bit more complex, let me know and we can chat offline.
Thanks Ann-Michel Glad you like it - I've been using it today!
When you run your own business you're the go to person for everyone from your team (if you have one) to your customers (if you have them!) and suppliers, not to mention the most important people in your life. I find it’s a real challenge to find time away from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Startup Dad
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Dec 27, 2012
One of the great things about being your own boss is the enormous freedom you get to prioritise your time as you see fit. Unlike being inside a corporate hierarchy, there is an absence of needing to do things just to tick the box of what people expect of someone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at Startup Dad
I often find the conversations I have with my kids each day, and the other interactions we have like reading books at bedtime, often provide 'A-Ha!' moments or motivation to do something different. If you're feeling a bit low, try reading 'Oh, the places you'll go' by Dr Seuss -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at Startup Dad
Remember a few years ago when you got your first Blackberry? The little flashy red light going off whenever fresh unread email rubbish was ready to be scanned and deleted was highly addictive. Afternoons blurred into evenings, weekdays into weekends and you never really switched off. Are you better at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Startup Dad