Tributes pour in for Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz

1:01PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Tributes have poured in for tech entrepreneur and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who died on Friday.

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Hot desks, cold pies and chocolate bars

1:35PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Hot desking has become a popular management trend in recent times. However, as Old Taskmaster discovered, the practice mightn’t be as effective as some of its proponents claim.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

How to attract Gen Y superstars

2:52PM | Friday, 10 February 2012 | Adam Franklin

Having grown up with the web, Gen Ys can be a tremendous asset for your business. Here are some tips on how to hire and keep superstar Gen Ys. BY ADAM FRANKLIN.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff  | Blogs  | Adam Franklin

“Abbott has F***ED UP badly”: Brendan O’Connor's Twitter gaffe

1:43PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Small Business Minister has apologised after describing volunteer firefighting by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as “f***ing up”.

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An inconvenient seat

1:35PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Taskmaster

As long time readers will know, there have recently been some renovations at Taskmaster Towers. Of course, this has raised a tricky dilemma: Who sits where?

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Pie Face rejects ex-franchisee’s bullying claims

1:00AM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pie Face has hit back at claims that it doesn’t do enough to support franchisees, after another former franchisee of the chain came forward to criticise the business.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Primary schools to teach business under new govt plan

1:42PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Primary school students will be taught the fundamentals of business and economics under a new move by the Gillard government, but a small business group says a more specialised program should be implemented.

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Start-ups urged to speak out over franchise code review

1:50PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The head of the government’s review of the franchising code of conduct has revealed the key areas he'll examine.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

COSBOA claims anti-discrimination laws could "vilify" entrepreneurs

1:53PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Proposed legislation might increase the chances of start-up entrepreneurs being hit with anti-discrimination claims.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership

10 essential entrepreneurial videos

6:00AM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing entrepreneurship in action. If you're looking for business inspiration, here are 10 videos you must watch. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Technology  | Leadership

Start-ups still waiting for government response on VC review

1:58PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The federal government has delayed its response to a review into Australia’s venture capital industry, after previously indicating that it would outline its policy on the sector by the end of 2012.

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SMEs offered $3,350 carrot in Kickstart apprentice program

1:54PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses in the building and construction industries have until February 28 to take advantage of the federal government’s Kickstart program, which rewards employers with an additional $3,350 for taking on a new apprentice.

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Failed start-ups should return funding, says local investor

12:44PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Managing people

Do a personal end-of-year review

12:05PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you in the middle of your end-of-year reviews? If so, there is one person whose performance you can’t afford to overlook.

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Wayne Swan dumps the surplus

12:52PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Kath Walters and Myriam Robin

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan at 2.15pm today announced the Federal Government will probably not achieve the promised budget surplus in the 2012/13 budget year.

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Instagram clarifies policy changes following user backlash

12:22PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook-owned start-up Instagram has been forced to clarify changes to its privacy policy and terms of service, after users were led to believe their private photos would be sold to advertisers.

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Cotton On fined over unsafe kids' clothes: Here are four more of their controversies

12:12PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Cotton On is in trouble with the authorities yet again, with the retailer now fined a massive $1 million for selling children's sleepwear that was deemed so flammable it shouldn't have even been supplied.

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ACCC to authorise new code for casual mall licensing

12:04PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog is likely to authorise a new voluntary code of practice for casual mall licensing, compiled by the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, which could affect start-ups.

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Looking for tech talent? Pushstart mentor offers his advice

12:03PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

PushStart mentor Alex North has offered some advice to start-ups looking for tech talent to build their idea, insisting every start-up must argue the case for why their business will be successful.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Productivity Commission calls for stricter criteria for compulsory patent licensing

12:45PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Changes should be made to the patents system to improve access to technologies while protecting patent holders’ rights, according to the Productivity Commission.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership