The right to post negative reviews is legally protected

9:42PM | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Businesses have been sneaking clauses into their customer terms that allow them to keep deposits or ‘fine’ customers for negative reviews. But is this legal?

Legal matters  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Invisibility cloaks closer thanks to ‘digital metamaterials’

9:30PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 |  Penny Orbell

Metamaterials could be the secret to invisibility, according to recent research.

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Startups impatient for change as government inches closer to employee share scheme reform

9:11PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Kirsten Robb

Startups say reform of the employee share scheme can’t come soon enough, as the federal government makes progress on its plans to overhaul the scheme.

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Aussie sports tech startups in the running to get lean with Steve Blank

9:38PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Kye White

Twenty Australian entrepreneurs will get the chance to learn from Steve Blank, the academic who launched the lean startup movement, when he visits Australia next month.

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Xero’s Rod Drury tells how to negotiate failure into success

9:09PM | Monday, 15 September 2014 | Kye White

Failure is not the first word that comes to mind when looking at the career of Rod Drury, co-founder of online accounting software company Xero. But like many entrepreneurs before him, failure led him to his success.

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What if we had a ‘National Invention System’?

9:27PM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Ian Maxwell

Australia’s Senate Economics Committee is currently undergoing a review of the National Innovation System in light of the “challenges to Australian industries and jobs posed by increasing global competition in innovation, science, engineering, research and education”.

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More women in tech need to be encouraged to go for it

9:59AM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Tammy Bartow wanted to work at a startup in New York and set herself the goal of getting there by January next year, but it took just three months to realise that dream with a job offer from the company she wanted to work for.

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Are you OK? Why it’s important entrepreneurs speak up about mental health for more than just one day of the year

9:19PM | Thursday, 11 September 2014 | Broede Carmody

R U OK Day has once again brought attention to the stigma attached to mental health in the workplace and beyond.

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Five things every CEO should focus on daily

9:49PM | Wednesday, 10 September 2014 | Alex Parsons

The role of company chief executive brings with it all sorts of challenges, from dealing with the nitty gritty of making decisions daily to formulating strategies to take your company forward.

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Startups should be an equal opportunity sport

9:02PM | Thursday, 4 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

It was great to see some amazing women join this year’s AngelCube program, with three of the six teams having female co-founders.

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Envato becomes the first Australian startup to release its diversity figures, encourages others to do the same

9:33PM | Thursday, 4 September 2014 | Kye White

Envato has become the first Australian tech startup to release comprehensive workforce diversity figures.

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Stop underselling your biggest point of difference

9:04PM | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

If you are like most business owners, your biggest point of difference comes not from what you do or even how you do it, it comes from what you know.

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Google processes more than a million takedowns per day

9:46AM | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Google is receiving one million takedown notices per day. Not for ‘right to be forgotten’ but for copyright infringement.

 | Legal matters  | Technology  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Thinking about running a competition? Here’s what you need to know

8:04PM | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Have you thought about running a contest or competition to boost sales? Here are the key legal details you need to be aware of.

 | Legal matters  | Mentor  | Government and Regulation  | Vanessa Emilio

Former Netflix chief talent officer joins Bigcommerce as adviser

8:56PM | Tuesday, 26 August 2014 | StartupSmart

In a bid to solidify company culture, Bigcommerce has announced that Patty McCord, former chief talent officer at Netflix, has joined the company’s board of advisers.

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Airbnb appoints country manager for Australia and New Zealand

8:04PM | Monday, 25 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Airbnb has announced the appointment of Sam McDonagh as country manager for Australia and New Zealand, in a move to boost local awareness of the accommodation company.

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Why startups are going to change the world

8:03PM | Friday, 22 August 2014 | StartupSmart

With their culture of focus, innovation and cooperation, the next generation of startups is going to change the world in ways that might be hard to imagine.

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The winners and losers from the ATO’s bitcoin guidance

8:42PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Alan Tsen

The Australian Taxation Office has released its much anticipated guidance on the taxation treatment of bitcoin. Along with the guidance paper they released a slew of draft rulings.

 | Legal matters  | Tax

Do I need insurance for my online business?

8:44PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Many startups and small business owners are unsure about whether they need insurance, and if they do, what sort. It’s a good question which comes up quite often.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Insurance  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Crowdsourcing competitions often hijacked

8:00PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Charis Palmer

Crowdsourcing competitions, popular with companies seeking to tap into groups of knowledge, are often diminished by malicious behaviour, according to a new study.

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