Collective Hub - - CONTENTS - Tara Fran­cis, Ed­i­tor

Wel­come to the Start-up Spe­cial! For years we’ve talked about do­ing an is­sue for start-ups and I’m beyond thrilled to bring you the re­sult: a dy­namic, de­tailed and truth­ful look at what it takes – and costs – to get that idea off the ground. Learn from in­cred­i­ble en­trepreneurs as they open up about what those early days ac­tu­ally in­volve: Ken Se­gall, the ge­nius be­hind the nam­ing of the iMac, shares a rare glimpse into work­ing with Steve Jobs and the power of sim­plic­ity; the cheeky mon­keys of Mail-Chimp fo­cus on cre­at­ing a brand with per­son­al­ity, even if that means no one can re­mem­ber their name; and the in­cred­i­bly elo­quent pod­cast host Me­gan Tan, who I met with when she re­cently vis­ited Syd­ney, tells the story of turn­ing her port­fo­lio into a dream ca­reer and ac­ci­den­tal start-up. (If you’ve done the start-up thing and are ready to close that chap­ter, we have some­thing for you too – check it out on page 41.)

But keep turn­ing the pages for my two favourite fea­tures. When I re­ceived a pitch about the grow­ing trend of ‘cud­dle par­ties’ I asked the writer to at­tend one so she could do the story jus­tice. Only now do I re­alise (as will you) how much of a big ask that was! The sec­ond fea­ture is a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the peo­ple and busi­nesses pro­vid­ing ac­ces­si­ble in­ter­na­tional travel op­tions be­cause no one should be ex­cluded from ex­plor­ing the world.

So here’s to grab­bing hold of that crazy idea, jump­ing right out­side your com­fort zone and go­ing on wild ad­ven­tures!

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