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Kai Lovel

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18 years

Today I turn 18. Of all things, I'm actually reminded of this day two years ago, finally 16 years old, and how excited I was to sign up to Up Bank. Two years on, still a proud #Upsider... Taking a step back, it's been a considerable few years of new

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Information Diets

You might need to go on an information diet…let me explain. Just like how the food we eat affects our general health and energy levels each week, the information and content we consume influence our thoughts, mindset, and behaviour. This effect is more significant than ever in the attention

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The new kids on the “productivity” block

How a new category of hybrid calendar/task apps might just revolutionise our daily workflow.

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My playbook for personal growth

I had a great conversation recently. It was with Scott McKeon, the founder of a company called Espresso. It was one of our semi-regular catch-ups where we chat about new ideas we're thinking about, trends we're seeing and everything in between. We got onto the topic of career progression. He

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How to see your spending $$ on your calendar (and why)

Disclaimer: This post is an in-depth explainer/tutorial. It's technical in nature, and designed to be followed - but the philosophy and reasoning behind it are beneficial whether you build this thing or not. I'd also classify myself as an 'amateur tinkerer' at best, so take everything I say with

How to see your spending $$ on your calendar (and why)
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5 companies I’m excited to watch in 2022

It's been a fantastic 2021 for some, and a tough year for others. I've enjoyed taking stock of the challenges and opportunities, looking towards the years ahead. As part of that, I've reflected on what companies in particular I'm excited to watch in 2022. Let me know who you're watching.

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Two Marketing Strategies

In my mind, there are two types of marketing strategies. Demand CapturePush marketing. Outbound. Short term.Focus on capturing people who are solution aware - the 1%.Run lead ads, to landing pages, with "free" downloads.Spend 80% on running the ads (media), and 20% on the actual ads (creative)

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Opinionated Software

Software is made for its users (or at least it should be). And different users will have different use cases, workflows and approaches to how they use your software. It's up to you to decide how much flexibility the user will have. Do you define one simple usage pathway and

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The real competition

Let's say you're building a project management software. Your competitors can be grouped into "the solutions that fill the same buyer need you do in a similar way" (i.e. another project management software) Potential substitutes can be defined as "the solutions that fill the same buyer need you do,

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3 great ads

Over the past few months, three advertisements have really stood out of me. They show a deep understanding of Aussies, and make you feel something. It might be a sense of pride, feeling patriotic, more connected to your fellow Australians - and maybe feeling closer to the brand, too. Of