Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

50 Shades of Startup FEATURE

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  1. DigitalSorbet

    Hey Valerie, I was a fan of your work before but I just love that you’re now getting involved in the start-up space. I’m going through the motions of a tech start-up now but it’s still in the very early stages. Good luck with your new venture, I have signed up x

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks so much. Let’s stay in touch and we’ll be able to share war stories!

  2. Robin Henry

    I had a wonderful female friend who started out as a geologist (honours graduate), decided to go into training, got a few education degrees and established a training company. She was a top achiever … like you Valerie, but unfortunately, she was a workaholic. Sadly, one Saturday morning while at work at her desk she had a cerebral incident and died apparently within minutes. She may have died at 45 anyway, but I cannot help think that had she taken more time out to live, she may have done things like visit a doctor occasionally, and have lasted a bit longer. The point is, startups are exciting, but life is about balance; don’t forget to take time to enjoy life while scoring goals at work.

    1. valeriekhoo

      And that puts things in perspective!

  3. Bradley

    The last line sums it up and I hope the ride is never over!

    On a side note, please fill out our page titles and descriptions on Social Callout! If you do a search, Google is using your image file names, not a good look.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks so much for pointing that out. I’ve alerted the techies and they’re looking into it. Really appreciate it Bradley.

  4. Jane Copeland

    I am so looking forward to the sequel! Thanks for sharing Valerie. I’m looking forward to more of your posts on start-ups and also wish you the greatest success in your own new start-up.

    1. valeriekhoo

      The first few months of a new venture are always exciting aren’t they. You should know – you’re doing the same thing Jane. Let’s hope that honeymoon feeling keeps on going 🙂

  5. Diet Schmiet

    I, for one, am looking forward to the sequel!


    1. valeriekhoo

      LOL. It’s in the works!

  6. James Noble

    Nice introduction for startups, an idea attempted and failed is better than just an idea.

  7. James Noble

    Nice introduction for startups, an idea attempted and failed is better than just an idea.
    Looking forward to whats to follow!