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Australian consumers will spend 12% more for good service, survey shows

7:21PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian consumers are willing to spend an average 12% more for excellent service, according to an American Express report, but 40% of consumers say Australian businesses miss the mark.

Spotify strikes the right start-up notes

7:54PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s been just two months since the Spotify music service launched in Australia. Its Australian managing director, Kate Vale, shares the secrets of this start-up’s success. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Five key ways to reduce your business’ energy bills

7:12PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The carbon tax is here, along with the opportunity to slash your tax bill by becoming more energy efficient. Here are five great ways to slash your energy bills, along with your carbon footprint. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Start-up gets Catch of the Day investment just months after launch

7:00AM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Daily deals business Catch Of The Day Group has revealed it is to target the mothering niche with a new site, called Mumgo.com.au, after investing in the two founders of Ladybub, which was launched just a few months ago.

Shopify launches $200,000 Build-A-Business competition

7:47PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Shopify has launched its annual Build-A-Business competition, offering $200,000 to winners, with Australian entrepreneurs expected to fare well following last year’s stellar performance.

Darrell Lea collapse shouldn’t deter sweet-toothed start-ups: Analyst

7:43PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An IBISWorld analyst says there are still opportunities in the chocolate industry, despite the collapse of Darrell Lea, but new entrants must determine their market position from the outset.

Improve on an idea

7:00AM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Sometimes improving on an existing idea or product – by refining it, adding to it or merging it with other complementary products – can be just as powerful and profitable as a new idea.

Microsoft crowns taxi finder app goGatch as top Asia Pacific start-up

7:00AM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Taxi location app goCatch has been named winner of Microsoft’s APAC Startup 2012 Award, after pitching its ambitious international plans to a panel of judges.

Freelancer.com snaps up Canadian site in global growth strategy

7:40PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up success story Freelancer.com has added another company to its portfolio, acquiring Canadian freelance marketplace Scriptlance, as it seeks to enhance its global presence.

The rise of Queensland’s tech start-up scene

7:59PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland has historically been known for its beaches, theme parks and State of Origin dominance. In more recent times, the Sunshine State has also become known as a major technology start-up hub. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Darrell Lea placed in administration as competitors steal market share

7:16PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The trend towards high-end chocolatiers and chocolate cafés has finally got the better of industry stalwart Darrell Lea, which has been placed in voluntary administration after nearly 85 years.

Five industries set to fly in 2012-13 and five set to flounder

7:45PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Karen Dobie

If you’re about to launch a business, it’s essential to know how your sector is expected to perform this financial year. Here are five sectors you should start-up in, and five that you should think twice about. BY KAREN DOBIE.

Learning to listen

7:26PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

The social media age has empowered consumers to share their experiences like never before. Here's how to harness customer feedback in a way that will boost, rather than sink, your business. BY NINA HENDY.

12 key things investors look for in web start-ups

7:04PM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The collapse of online retailer Shooii, after they failed to find a “cornerstone investor”, has been a stark reminder of the importance of cashflow. If you’re starting up online, it’s essential to know the 12 key things potential investors are looking for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Buy some colourful clothing

7:00AM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Taskmaster

If you want to be remembered in presentations or at a networking event, style up and add a dash of colour to your look.

South Australia and Victoria worst hit as company collapses rise

7:00AM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Rachel Baxendale

Company collapses increased by 1.7% in May, with businesses in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT hardest hit by Australia’s uneven economy.

Five start-up lessons from Net-A-Porter’s Megan Quinn

7:09PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When Megan Quinn co-founded internet sensation Net-A-Porter back in 1999, online high fashion was a brand new concept. Here are five essential lessons Quinn learnt by starting up in an entirely new industry. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

The Coffee Club opens in Egypt despite recent unrest

7:48PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian café franchise The Coffee Club has opened its first venue in Egypt on the back of major political unrest, but the company is confident it can appeal to locals and tourists alike.

Pride factor in starting up outshone by personal achievements: Report

7:25PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than 40% of business owners say starting their own business made them “very proud”, new research reveals, but business milestones are outshone by personal achievements.

Tapas chain MoVida lands at Melbourne Airport

7:46PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Establishing a presence in an airport can lift your brand and image, a retail expert says, after Spanish-inspired tapas bar MoVida opened a venue at Melbourne International Airport.

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