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Best of the web reads: What Richard Branson looks for when he hires

9:58AM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Myriam Robin

Ever wondered how the world’s top entrepreneurs hire people? LinkedIn has been asking them to write posts explaining it.

The BlackBerry Messenger fiasco: How not to handle a major product launch

9:09PM | Monday, 23 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, BlackBerry attempted to roll out a version of its messaging app for Android and Apple. What happened next is a case study in how not to handle a major product launch.

Five ways to work on, not in, your business

9:49PM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | Melinda Oliver

There are many benefits of taking time to work on, not in, your business – both in terms of developing the growth potential of the company and also personal wellbeing and satisfaction.

Best of the web reads: When work becomes a game

9:41AM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Elements of what’s known as ‘gamification’ are creeping into work practices to incentivise staff and measure their productivity.

Meet Jolla: Lessons from the smartphone start-up rising from Nokia’s ashes

9:02PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Taskmaster

How Jolla was born from the wreckage of Nokia is an inspiring tale for anyone fed up with working for someone else and thinking of launching their own business.

Tinkler out but most made a killing: Secrets of the Young Rich

9:55PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Myriam Robin

It often surprises casual observers that the annual BRW Young Rich edition counts the 100 youngest self-made entrepreneurs under 40.

Migrant entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting up businesses in Australia

9:03PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Nina Hendy

Australia prides itself on its multiculturalism. However, migrant entrepreneurs face some unique challenges when starting up.

Aussie crowdfunding platform Pozible to launch in the US while prepared for competition from Kickstarter at home

9:54PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible has made its first international move, opening an office in San Francisco in the US and tailoring its payment gateway experience.

Brisbane's booming tech start-up scene ready to stand with Sydney and Melbourne

9:00AM | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 | Rose Powell

The Brisbane start-up scene is beginning to take off, as a range of organisations and government departments begin to gather together the city's increasingly active and diverse start-ups.

Young, nimble and growing fast: Key lessons from the 2013 Smart50

9:53PM | Friday, 6 September 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Here are some of the key lessons your business can take from the Crowe Horwath–SmartCompany Smart50 list of 2013.

How to create your first growth plan

9:58PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Rose Powell

We spoke to James Scollay, general manager of the business division at accounting software provider MYOB, about the three steps entrepreneurs need to take to create a simple, solid growth plan.

Have a vision for your business – and bring everyone along for the ride

9:50PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

So you bought a café? Congratulations! Here’s what you need to do next.

Assessing a start-up’s potential in 12 minutes and 56 questions

9:53PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

Are you looking at investing in a start-up? If so, here are the 56 question you need to ask.

The magic torch: How perception can make all the difference

9:55PM | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | Walid El-Khoury

During a recent bushwalk, I felt less exhausted climbing steep hills at night than during the day. It brought to light an important business lesson.

A lesson on taste from Steve Jobs

9:40PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, your friendly local Taskmaster watched the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. Here are a couple of business lessons – and spoilers!

Allow your staff to be entrepreneurial

8:39PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Taskmaster

As your humble correspondent has mentioned in the past, you should aim for a diverse workforce and never be afraid to hire the best person for the job. Now it's time to take the next step.

How to internationalise your start-up: Tips from 99designs

8:08PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Design marketplace 99designs has announced another international acquisition this week, buying Brazilian logo design company LogoChief.

Best of the web reads: Martha Stewart’s ups and downs

8:00AM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Melinda Oliver

This week, we look at the highs and lows of Martha Stewart, take a look inside the cultural changes at Yahoo!, and take a ride through a Hyperloop.

Another lesson from Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft: Don’t over-reach

8:32PM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Yesterday, Old Taskmaster talked about outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer’s over-enthusiastic presentation and sales style. Well, there's another lesson from the saga.

Best of the web reads: Cute kittens climbing the money tree

8:23AM | Friday, 23 August 2013 | Gavin Lower

How cute baby kittens made Cheezburger founder Ben Huh wealthy, how to communicate in the age of Twitter, and GE’s Jeff Immelt reveals what makes a great leader.

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