Michael Derin

Michael Derin, Azure Group's Lead Managing Partner has nearly 20 years experience as a qualified chartered accountant within the business and commercial sectors. Michael works across our Corporate Advisory and Virtual CFO operations, managing highly complex projects to success.
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Are you across the new software guidance AusIndustry released to assist R&D applicants?

Posted by Michael Derin on 05-Mar-2019 11:52:46



On 21 February 2019, AusIndustry released new software guidance documents: “Software Activities and the R&D Tax Incentive” and a “Guide to Common Errors”.

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Topics: Tech Business, ATO, r&d, Technology Business, AusIndustry

How can you UP your Entrepreneurial Game?

Posted by Michael Derin on 18-Feb-2019 08:01:08



Entrepreneurs are more than just business owners. They are visionaries and risk takers. They have a passion and insatiable drive to develop a business, taking on risk in the hope of financial gain. They are often the people that disrupt an industry and provide change and new and innovative products to the market.

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Topics: Azure Group News, Entrepreneur, Startups, Startup Australia, Startup investors, entrepreneurship, Landing pad, startup incubator, startup accelarators

Here's why being a Thought Leader gives back to Entrepreneurs of the future

Posted by Michael Derin on 04-Feb-2019 09:05:03



Are you a thought leader?
It seems to be the buzz word of this decade, but what is it?
Often when we are in business we are focused on the tasks at hand, where is the next product, sale, or income stream coming from. We are so deep into our business that we don’t always stop and think about the legacy we are leaving or the wisdom that we are imparting on others.

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Topics: Azure Group News, Entrepreneur, leadership, business advisory, entrepreneurship, strategic advisor, thought leader

Challenges Foreign Companies face when Setting up Business in Australia

Posted by Michael Derin on 18-Jan-2019 08:49:54



Australia is an attractive market to set up a business. Ranked third in the Asia Pacific region for overall competitiveness, and world wide for countries with a population over 20 million, it comes second to the United States. However, there are a number of considerations when choosing how to enter the Australian market.

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Topics: Azure Group News, ATO, international business, Starting business in Australia, strategic advisor, international tax, business strategy

Strategies for improving Business Performance in 2019

Posted by Michael Derin on 07-Jan-2019 07:00:00

By now you’ve probably settled back in to the working week, feeling recharged from the Christmas break. Your team is well rested and motivated to get stuck into all that 2019 has install. With your optimistic outlook and the positive energy surrounding your business it makes 

January is the perfect month to reflect on the past twelve months and revise your strategies for the year ahead.

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Topics: Azure Group News, Budget, Business Growth & Cashflow, Entrepreneur, SME, Small Business Accounting, KPI, strategic advisor, business strategy

Are Corporate Accelerators better for Startups than Traditional ones?

Posted by Michael Derin on 21-Dec-2018 08:59:04



You have a startup and it has great potential, might even be the next big thing. So how do you upscale for significant growth in the beginning? Why are some of these tech startups seeing what seems like overnight success going from $0 to millions in a couple of years? The answer is often through an accelerator program.

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Topics: Azure Group News, Startups, Startup Australia, startup accountant, business accelerator, corporate accelerator, traditional accelerator

5 Tips for Managing a Company from the other side of the World

Posted by Michael Derin on 17-Dec-2018 07:42:13



Running a business from the other side of the world can be kind of like a long distance relationship. There needs to be a great deal of trust and communication plus a lot of passion and commitment to keep it going.

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Topics: Azure Group News, international business, Invest in Australia, strategic advisor

Tech Tools that make doing International Business easy

Posted by Michael Derin on 04-Dec-2018 07:48:59



Doing business internationally has never been easier. Technology has not only solved many problems, but it has made it so cheap that companies of any size can be competing on the international market.

Here are some tech tools that will make your life easier when doing international business:

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Topics: Azure Group News, Tech Business, international business, Startup Australia, Technology Business, strategic advisor, international tax, international tax specialist, business strategy

5 Useful Tools for Startups to overcome their "journey difficulties"

Posted by Michael Derin on 29-Nov-2018 10:10:32



Despite accounting’s boring reputation, it can't be emphasized too much how essential it is that your business follows best practice accounting principles right from the start. No matter what size your startup is, there are some fundamentals that even the smallest self funded startup should be applying from the get go.  

To keep your people costs down it can be beneficial to automate as many of your processes as you can. 

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Topics: Startups, Startup Australia, Sydney Accountants, Business accounting, startup accountant, startup problems, accounting tools

6 Things you should consider before expanding Globally

Posted by Michael Derin on 14-Nov-2018 08:28:11



Expanding internationally is exciting and rewarding, but the hard reality is that every country in which you operate is different. Along the way, we’ve learned valuable lessons about conducting business across borders.

There are a few things you should consider before you start taking your Australian business globally.

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Topics: Azure Group News, international business, Business growth, Starting business in Australia, international tax, international tax specialist, expanding globally