How to speak designer: 99designs executive shares his tips for getting the best out of designers

9:19PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Jason Sew Hoy, the chief operations officer for 99designs, reveals the best way to encourage designers to create the kind of results you’re after.

Android app development dominates over Apple iOS

8:52PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | Myriam Robin

Android app development continues to power ahead of Apple’s iOS, according to figures released by

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Pipe dreams are better than tunnel vision

8:51PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Remember how, in the 1970s, state governments and planners promised us that freeways were the solution to traffic jams? Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk says he has a new solution to our traffic woes.

Use the right promotional tool to reach your target market

8:18PM | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There might be some novelty value in using NFC on a marketing display, but is it effective? In one particular case, the answer is no.

Business is war: Jack Tramiel’s secret to conquering Silicon Valley

8:15PM | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Jack Tramiel was a Holocaust survivor, refugee and – later – a US Army engineer. Here is the secret to how a pioneering tech entrepreneur managed to grow a typewriter repair shop into the world’s largest desktop computer company.

Best of the web reads: How to harness the power of fast innovation

8:02PM | Friday, 2 August 2013 | Gavin Lower

Here are five unconventional ways to spark innovation fast. Plus the murky world of computer crime and the lasting appeal of barber shops.

Work-life balance now extends to connectible and customised key rings

7:42PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | StartupSmart

The key to a great creative idea? Well, Lego can often be a good starting point to unlock potential.

Entrepreneurs call on Carr to “make things” happen as new innovation minister

7:36PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Senator Kim Carr has been returned to his old industry and innovation portfolios in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s cabinet reshuffle, as entrepreneurs ask for firm commitments from the government to the start-up sector.

Rudd redux tipped to put innovation policy back on the road

6:18PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Andrew Crook

Kevin Rudd’s new cabinet, to be sworn in on Monday, could return innovation to the centre of government and form a key election pitch as loyal supporters of the new prime minister return to the frontbench.

Designer gumboots that will have you singing in the rain

6:55PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Stay dry and keep groovin' in these loud and funky gumboots.

New start-up set to solve the struggle to process and upload products online

6:20PM | Thursday, 20 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Software-as-a-service start-up Productify is set to move into public beta next week, after lining up major retailers and suppliers in the pharmaceutical, homewares and hospitality apparel industries.

Helping the poor on Capitalism Appreciation Day

5:22PM | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Taskmaster

As loyal Taskmaster readers will know by now, Friday, May 3, is Capitalism Appreciation Day. Old Taskmaster says it’s the ideal occasion to help the poor.

How do I qualify for an R&D tax credit?

5:57PM | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Robert Krigsman

The Australian Research and Development Tax Incentive scheme provides a tax offset to eligible companies engaged in R&D activities. Here are some key details you should be aware of.

Driven to (creative) distraction

4:40PM | Friday, 26 April 2013 | Jason Rose

Creativity is important in any business. However, it’s essential for you to treat innovation as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.

Clive Palmer runs for politics ... again: Three projects he actually got going

4:57PM | Friday, 26 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Mining magnate Clive Palmer is at it again, with an attempt to relaunch the United Australia Party. Thankfully, at least some of his current projects are successful – here are three examples.

At what point can I claim a tax credit for research?

4:32PM | Monday, 8 April 2013 | Robert Krigsman

There are a number of criteria the government needs you to meet before you can claim an R&D tax credit. Here are some of the main ones you’ll need to look at.

The personality traits of the start-up entrepreneur

4:14PM | Monday, 8 April 2013 | Nina Hendy

It’s no fluke that successful entrepreneurs are outgoing, confident and self-disciplined. Research suggests a number of key personality traits are needed to succeed in business.

Video: Welcome to the new StartupSmart

3:01AM | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

As you may have noticed, StartupSmart has had something of a makeover. But beyond the cleaner, more striking design, there are plenty of fantastic new features for budding start-ups to get their teeth into. Here’s a look at what’s changed.