FRIDAY TIDBITS: (NOT) Pyramid schemes, and startups on the small business agenda?

6:26PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

It was an innocent enough question on the Silicon Beach mailing list: “I'd love any feedback anyone has about the Founder Institute” (FI), but it unleashed a rather colourful forum discussion around “pyramid schemes” and “idiocy”.


“Australians love apps”: ACMA figures show mobile commerce is booming

6:18PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The mobile commerce sector in Australia is booming, with monthly sales for December growing by a massive 448% in just three years, according to an ACMA report.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Ex-Googler wants to help you crowdsource everyday decisions

6:10PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Feeling indecisive? If so, a there’s a new Android app set to launch that’s set to answer all your questions.

 | Planning

Best of the Web: Clicks before creativity; Name your machine; Uber just old-school capitalists

6:05PM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Eloise Keating

Marketers don’t need to be more creative: The advertising and marketing industries have traditionally invested heavily in their creative departments because that’s where the magic happens, right? But what if this investment has been at the expense of actually tracking the effectiveness of the content?

 | Planning  | Technology

THE NEWS WRAP: Early-stage investor 500 Startups teams with SeedInvest for new $100 million public raising fund

6:23AM | Friday, 27 June 2014 | Kye White

Early-stage investor and accelerator 500 Startups is using public fundraising for a new $100 million fund.

 | Planning  | Technology

20 tips to maximise your chances of success in business

6:05PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Let’s assume we have already explored the reasons for why businesses fail and focus on what you can do to maximise your chances of being successful. Here is a list of 20 actionable tips.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Jonathan Weinstock

Facebook plans to take on Twitter’s handle on current events

6:04PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Kirsten Robb

If you want to peruse holiday snaps you head to Facebook, but if you want the latest news on a world event you head to Twitter, right?

 | Planning

Two Australian university accelerators named in global top 25 list

6:56PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Two Australian university accelerators have been named in a global list of top 25 university incubators produced by University Business Incubator Index.

 | Planning

Startup stalwart Bill Bartee urges Australia to lift its game when it comes to STEM education

6:17PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Kye White

Bill Bartee says if Australia doesn’t act quickly to lift participation rates in those disciplines, the nation will look back in 20 years’ time with regret.

 | Planning

How to prepare to manufacture hardware – what to do when things go wrong

6:31PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Mark Pesce

What do you do when you're in production and things start to go wrong? Mark Pesce has a few lessons from his own experience.

 | Planning

Last call for bar tabs? Clipp has a shot

6:08PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The introduction of pin-and-chip regulations for credit card purchases threatens to do away with the traditional pub bar tab forever.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Where does the money go? Thankyou Group wants to track the impact of charity spending

6:37PM | Monday, 23 June 2014 | Kye White

‘Where does the money go?’ is a question often asked of charities and it’s one Australian social venture Thankyou Group is going to great lengths to answer.

 | Planning

Education streaming service and sexism kit impress judges at EduHack

6:17PM | Monday, 23 June 2014 | Kye White

A YouTube-like streaming service for teaching materials and a feminism toolkit for teachers developed by students are some of the ideas that came out of Australia’s first education hackathon EduHack last weekend.

 | Planning  | Growth

The top seven tips for offshore development

6:10PM | Monday, 23 June 2014 | Paul Russell

Offshoring can be low cost, but it’s important not to be low involvement. Here are seven tips on how to get it right.

 | Planning  | Sole trader

Peep inside: Kate Kendall’s new venture and the future of The Fetch

6:24PM | Monday, 23 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

We catch up with Kate Kendall from her new base, New York, to hear about her latest venture, and the dilemma of choosing between two “startup babies”.

 | Planning  | Sole trader

The pizza drone that won’t get a slice of the action

6:41PM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Taskmaster

“My idea is revolutionary! It’s a world first!” the would-be entrepreneur says. When a drone delivering pizzas is involved, what could possibly go wrong?

 | Planning  | Innovation  | Technology

Pollenizer launches an online community to help entrepreneurs connect

6:02PM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Kye White and Andrew Sadauskas

Pollenizer has officially launched a new online community, called the Pollenizer Guild, which is designed to help startup entrepreneurs connect with one another.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Business advice and education  | Sole trader

OPINION: What startups can learn from State of Origin

6:31PM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Alan Jones

So ‘my’ team, the NSW Blues, won the game on Wednesday night – the series decider – and since then my fellow New South Welsh-persons have been loud on all social media channels about it.

 | Business ideas

THE NEWS WRAP: Mass production of Apple smartwatch to begin in July

6:13AM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Kye White

Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple’s first smartwatch in July, sources told Reuters.

 | Planning

THE NEWS WRAP: Has YouTube killed the indie rock star?

6:13AM | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 | Kye White

Indie labels that have not signed up for Google's upcoming music streaming service could have their videos pulled from YouTube.

 | Planning  | Business planning