Aussie entrepreneur Leeaps into US start-up documentary

12:00AM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneur Simon Walker has made a documentary called the Leaap Project, which saw him visit 10 US cities in 20 days to gain insight into America’s complex start-up scene.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Google Zeitgeist reveals what we searched for in 2012

12:30PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UK retailer ASOS was as the most searched fashion brand in Australia this year, according to Google’s latest Zeitgeist report, while Sydney-based retailer The Iconic was fifth on the list.

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Want to boost your chance of start-up survival? Head to Tasmania

12:11PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups in Tasmania have a better survival rate than elsewhere in Australia, with the healthcare and social assistance sectors topping the list of safe industries, according to a new report.

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New Christmas theft figures prompt security warning

12:06PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are being urged to ramp up their security measures in the lead-up to Christmas and over the holiday break, on the back of a report highlighting the extent of Christmas theft in 2012.

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Dollar Shave Club a cut above the rest

12:27PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There promises to be cut-throat competition in the razor market after the Dollar Shave Club launched in Australia. It could be the razor’s edge of a clear-cut new business opportunity.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Kogan becomes a telco, targets dissatisfied customers with prepaid SIMs

12:36PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Internet entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan is moving into telecommunications, with his company now selling pre-paid 3G cards for use with smartphones and tablets.

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Spuni takes the mess out of mealtime

12:08PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A baby transitioning to solids can make a lot of mess at mealtime. It’s a problem a new, ergonomically designed spoon aims to solve.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

L’Oreal Fashion Festival signs WantItNow as logistics partner

12:01PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up WantItNow is hoping to raise the profile of its express-delivery online shopping portal after announcing a partnership with the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

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Revealed: The best and worst brands of 2012

12:56PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the best and worst brands as rated by consumer website Product Review, which has highlighted the importance of product quality in addition to customer service.

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Micro businesses feeling the pain, says MYOB

12:00AM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The business outlook is brighter for SMEs in 2013, according to the latest MYOB research findings, but micro businesses will continue to do it tough and have been urged to plan ahead.

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How to get the right boardroom dynamic

12:50PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | James Beck and Geoffrey Kiel

Are you looking to set up your first board of directors? There are eight key factors you need to look out for. BY JAMES BECK and GEOFFREY KIEL.

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Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

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A festive lesson in pricing structures

12:06PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Don't let the tough exterior fool you – Old Taskmaster has a softer side. However, even Christmas generosity has limits.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

Opportunities abound in Australia’s ageing population: Report

12:32PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s ageing population provides opportunities to develop a range of social, workforce, and industry research and technological innovations, according to a new government report.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Melbourne mumpreneur launches car auction website

12:05PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne mother of four has launched a website called, where car dealers compete for sales by offering prospective buyers their lowest possible price.

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Little chance of Christmas cheer as business confidence hits record-low

12:01PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.

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EyeSee keeps an eye on your customers

12:37PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever wondered what your customers say as they look at the mannequins in your front window? Now, thanks to a new type of shopfront dummy, you might soon find out.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Startmate unveils its start-up class of 2013

12:00AM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Niche dating website 7pm anywhere is among the eight start-ups accepted into the 2013 Startmate program, which will include two demo days and a two-month stint in Silicon Valley.

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Shop2 the first Aussie start-up selected for US incubator AngelPad

12:54PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Personal shopping magazine Shop2 has spoken of its experience as the first Australian start-up to participate in US incubator AngelPad.

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New Adelaide program Venture Dorm set to bed in new start-ups

12:50PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The commercialisation arm of Flinders University is setting up a new course called Venture Dorm, which will include a trip to Austin, Texas for participants with the best business models.

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