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Kids these days! Gen Y is more entrepreneurial than you think

12:04PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are kids too lazy these days? Old Taskmaster recently learnt a valuable business lesson from a group of Gen Ys.

Closing date looms for female-focused Springboard program

12:07PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Female entrepreneurs in high-growth sectors are being encouraged to submit an application to Springboard Enterprises, which aims to help them secure funding from local and US investors.

Innovation secrets from Australia’s three most creative start-ups

12:34PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

Innovation can be an elusive concept. However, if you’re trying to reshape an industry, it’s worth examining these lessons from Australia’s three most creative start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

When doing business is a dog’s life

12:22PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you feeling dog tired? Hounded by the pressures of launching a business? Before you go barking mad, there could be something you need to fetch.

SMEs back Coalition, anticipate weak economy: SME Directions Survey

12:13PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | James Thomson

The third bi-annual SME Direction survey, sponsored by WHK Group & Crowe Horwath, reveals 57.3% of SMEs would vote for the Coalition if the poll was held now, compared to 11.2% for Labor.

Yahoo! goes OnTheAir in latest app acquisition

12:42PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! has acquired video chat broadcasting app OnTheAir less than two months after acquiring mobile recommendations app Stamped.

Lean start-up model gives ‘permission to give up very fast’, US investor claims

12:24PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer founder Mick Liubinskas has defended the ‘lean’ start-up model, following criticisms from famed US venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.

Navigating the world’s factory: Three top tips for sourcing from China

12:37PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global eCommerce company Alibaba.com has presented three key tips for Australian start-ups looking to source goods from China.

Real estate group RE/MAX kicks off Aussie franchisee hunt

12:47PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Real estate veteran Michael Davoren intends to double the number of local RE/MAX offices to 120, after being named the first-ever Australian master franchisee of the US company.

Tech start-ups urged to go Dutch with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

12:41PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another European funding avenue for tech start-ups has opened up, with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam offering teams €15,000 in seed funding and the opportunity to pitch for more.

Peter Thiel-backed fund pours further investment into Xero

12:00AM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Valar Ventures, a fund backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, has joined another firm to invest an additional US$49 million into cloud-based start-up Xero.

Start-up lessons from the US Cleantech Open Global Forum

11:41PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The director of Sydney clean tech start-up enLighten has outlined some key tips for companies doing business in the United States, after attending the Cleantech Open Global Forum.

How I built the Amazon empire: Four top tips from Jeff Bezos

11:35PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should respond to skepticism systematically and be prepared for a fight from the very beginning, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

Online genealogy boom continues as MyHeritage raises $25 million

11:26PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Israeli company MyHeritage has acquired long-term rival Geni.com after raising $25 million in new funding, as the genealogy industry continues to grow both overseas and in Australia.

Australia’s worst boss?

11:17PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sweaty, sexist and full of jargon. A portrayal of Australia’s worst boss has been cleverly used by Sydney start-up InsideTrak to highlight its own job listing and employer review service.

Full of beans: Coffee overtakes tea in popularity as Aussies ditch chain cafes

11:18PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Coffee has overtaken tea as the hot drink of choice for Australian consumers, according to a new report, with an industry analyst suggesting independent cafés are now more popular than coffee chains.

BlueChilli-backed start-up Moneysoft raises $600,000

11:52PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Financial services start-up Moneysoft, which has been backed by Sydney incubator BlueChilli, plans to ramp up its presence in the Australian market after closing its third round of funding, bringing the total capital raised to $660,000.

Don’t take a casual approach to casual staff, start-ups warned

11:49PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A recruitment expert has warned start-ups to tread carefully with regard to casual staff, after a survey revealed more than a third of employers have increased their use of temporary workers over the past 12 months.

Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

In pictures: Australia’s five key online spending trends

11:42PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

The internet is revolutionising shopping forever. With the eCommerce sales peak expected between December 7th and 10th this year, here are charts illustrating five key trends you need to be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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