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Revealed: Europe’s top up-and-coming start-ups

11:49PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Social ideas dominate a list of Europe’s top 10 up-and-coming start-ups, including a “social sound platform” and an app to help users find like-minded people while out and about.

Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Melbourne entrepreneur Kris Bondin launches new TV program

11:46PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne entrepreneur has produced a national television program titled Money and Your Life, which enlists the help of experts to help families and businesses improve their finances.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax  | Insurance  | Leadership  | Managing people

Charge your phone in the great outdoors

11:00PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There’s nothing quite as traditional and rustic as a campfire in the great outdoors. Now, thanks to a new invention, there’s no better way to charge your new smartphone either.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Sydney start-up to offer coding crash course to tech novices

11:00PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An education start-up based in Sydney will teach entrepreneurs how to code in a new 10-week program, equipping participants with the skills and experience of an entry-level developer.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | IT  | Sole trader

Niche focus helps eyeclarity take out Independent Retailer of the Year award

11:56PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A host of retailers have claimed titles at the 2012 Australian Retail Awards including Oroton, Pandora, Lenard’s Chicken and eyeclarity, which was named Independent Retailer of the Year.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Sales and marketing  | How I did it

IT innovator among Telstra Business Women’s Award winners

11:53PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of an IT consultancy and an accountant turned psychologist are among the winners of the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which saw muesli queen Carolyn Creswell take out the top prize.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership  | How I did it  | Sole trader

NSW Government (finally) moves to formalise small business commissioner role

11:48PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to establish the state’s first small business commissioner as a statutory officer, more than a year after the role was created and filled.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Chasing the ‘pink dollar’

11:31PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Matty Soccio

There are big dollars to be had in the burgeoning ‘pink dollar’ market. However, companies need to get the basics right first. BY MATTY SOCCIO.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Leadership  | Managing people

New electricity generator takes the pee

11:19PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Four entrepreneurial Nigerian teenagers have figured out a way to generate power from urine, adding an unexpected new meaning to the term “people power”.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

US start-ups raise five times more capital than Aussies: Report

11:20AM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based companies raise almost five times more capital than Australian companies in the early stages, according to a new report, which also shows that Sydney remains our largest start-up hub.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Sole trader

Got an iPad? Rock on

11:40PM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you enjoy reading a good eBook while sitting in a comfortable rocking chair? If so, here’s an innovation you could find quite powerful.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

City of Sydney seeks start-ups for new creative hub

11:17PM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The City of Sydney is inviting expressions of interest from cultural and creative enterprises to occupy two properties in William Street, as it seeks to create a new “creative cluster” in the city.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Look for problems, not ideas: Y Combinator founder Paul Graham

11:14PM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Y Combinator founder Paul Graham has outlined key ways for entrepreneurs to get inspired, encouraging them to look for problems rather than attempt to think of start-up ideas.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth

Uber prepares for Sydney launch: Five top tips from the US venture’s GM

11:19PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian general manager of US-based car service Uber has offered start-ups some advice after spending five years in Silicon Valley, as the business gears up for its Australian launch.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Microsoft unveils instant language translation

11:06PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft has developed a new translation service that allows you converse in any language, instantaneously, in your own voice.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Five key reasons why start-ups fail

11:25PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

In a recent speech, Malcolm Turnbull lamented that too many start-ups fail in their early stages. Here are five common reasons why businesses fail. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Foundry makes two start-up investments, looks to morph into VC fund

11:00AM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney incubator Foundry has revealed investments in two further start-up ventures, announcing that it is looking to raise up to $20 million to turn itself into a fully-fledged venture capital fund next year.

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How I created and sold a start-up in 48 hours: MatesRates’ Vinko Grgic

11:47PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur Vinko Grgic has sold the intellectual property of his latest start-up to GimmeQuotes, just hours after creating the venture at a Startup Weekend.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Websites

Sensis brings out the big guns for third hackathon

11:40PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sensis is to roll out a fresh ‘hackathon’ in Melbourne this weekend, including an impressive list of mentors such as Lonely Planet’s Gus Balbontin and Scott Rogers from Seek.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology
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