Alexandra Tselios is the founder and publisher of Australia’s most respected opinion site, The Big Smoke.
Often likened to the Huffington Post, thebigsmoke.com.au provides fresh and distinctive content set to rival the current consumer media fare. Its writers are some of the country’s most recognisable voices, from Anthony Albanese and Derryn Hinch to Julian Burnside QC and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
Alexandra has a diverse background in corporate, public and creative fields. She is also an expert business start-up consultant and provides strategic advice to young Australian start-ups or entrepreneurs seeking assistance in taking their business idea to the next level. These businesses have experienced massive increases in growth, more than 75% expansion and profit share. She believes there is a vital place for innovation in business and describes herself as a creative businessperson. She also believes Australians want to see people throwing their hat in the ring.
Outspoken and quirky, Alexandra is not afraid to take risks and believes that sometimes you just have to take a leap and try new things. She once pretended to be a seamstress to get a job backstage at a theatre company due to her passion for old Hollywood movies. She stapled clothes together for the production until she learnt how to sew.
Alexandra’s best tip for start-ups is to prepare well and know your limitations. Knowing what you can’t do doesn’t mean you can’t start a business, but rather identifies who you need to surround yourself with to ensure success.
Alexandra has a Masters in Business Management and is currently completing a Juris Doctor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney.
She sits on the board of directors for Professionals 4 People (P4P), an innovative not-for-profit organisation that utilises the skills and networks of young professionals for social good.