Gamification takes centre stage in new innovation tool Blitz

2:00AM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming company 3rd Sense has outlined how it built an online tool called Blitz, developed by Dr Ken Hudson, which uses gamification principles to drive corporate innovation.

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Live in the moment with a Phonekerchief

2:48PM | Friday, 22 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There’s nothing more annoying than a phone call during a family dinner. Now you can wrap your smartphone in a Phonekerchief, which blocks out mobile signals, to show your loved ones you really care.

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Shortlist unveiled for season two of Optus Innov8 Seed Program

2:05PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pocketbook, RecruitLoop and OrionVM are among the 10 start-ups shortlisted for the second season of the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, chosen from an applicant pool of 92 start-ups.

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Four things you can learn from the Yahoo! website redesign

2:02PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! is redesigning the main entry into its website in a bid to create a “more modern experience” for users, suggesting start-ups can take inspiration from the embattled tech giant.

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Airbnb prompts wave of like-minded start-ups

2:58PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A number of new start-ups have likened themselves to US-based company Airbnb, the leader in travel rentals, which has booked more than 10 million nights of accommodation worldwide.

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Slow-cooked American cuisine a tasty idea

2:59PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australians are developing a taste for the flavours of a slow-cooked American barbeque. It’s a tasty business opportunity worth chewing over.

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Entrepreneurialism is AlwaysOn in Australia, says leading US entrepreneur

2:27PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

High-profile American entrepreneur Tony Perkins has highlighted US investors’ increasing appetite for Australian companies, ahead of Australia’s first-ever AlwaysOn conference.

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Start-up bus concept comes to Oz

2:12PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The organisers of SeaChange StartUp Camp Merimbula have launched Australia’s first-ever StartUp Bus, inspired by the Startup Bus in the United States, but it will only take in the far south coast of NSW.

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Bettina Liano tells: "Why I'm closing my Australian stores and opening in the United States"

2:06PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Cara Waters

Australia's Jeans Queen, Bettina Liano, has closed all but one of her Australian stores and set her sights on the United States market instead.

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Business crunched as average payment terms remain at 52 days

2:56PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Businesses have been warned to get their cashflow organised, with new research showing companies are now taking an average of 52 days to pay their bills.

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BonusTree benefits program highlights growth of start-up-related businesses

2:52PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new Sydney-based start-up called BonusTree has launched with a vision to offer entrepreneurs relevant business and lifestyle perks.

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The race to stay relevant is on

2:38PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

From the retail sector to the media, technology is rapidly reshaping whole industries. However, by taking advantage of government grants, you can make sure your business remains relevant. BY MARC PESKETT.

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High-tech tattoo has got you covered

2:22PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Tattoos are an increasingly popular form of body art. Now, thanks to new medical research, they can also be used to detect bacterial infections and notify others of infectious illnesses.

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Etsy country director visits Oz – five insights from the crafty company

2:02PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The country director of US-based eCommerce website Etsy has offered some insight into the company, and has outlined some key tips for online start-ups, as part of her Australian visit.

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Long-term strategy is the key to a successful SME: Research

2:47PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The vast majority of Australia's top small businesses have a clear vision and comprehensive long-term business strategy, according to new research from the New South Wales Business Chamber.

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Roamz to help relieve retailers’ woes with new analytics tool

2:33PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian app developer Jonathan Barouch has promised to help retailers by way of a new app tool, which utilise social media data to deliver real-time insight about customers.

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Passport Dinners transport foodies to faraway lands

2:08PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wished you could visit a foreign country for an exotic meal, but lacked the funds to do it? A new business called Passport Dinners replicates dishes from offbeat overseas restaurants.

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US-founded THack to launch in Oz in April

2:00AM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia will play host to its first THack in April, when developers will create and showcase new digital travel products and web or mobile-based tools over the course of just eight days.

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Another $350 million for innovation fund under Venture Australia

2:06PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups look set to benefit from a new $350 million round of equity funding through the federal government’s Innovation Investment Fund, announced as part of the Venture Australia package.

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Start-ups highlight lessons learnt at Advance Innovation pitch-fest

2:59PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs have spoken of their experiences at the “start-up pitch-fests” held for the Advance Innovation Program, highlighting the importance of preparation and the structure of your pitch.

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