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

Do some small business window shopping

11:56PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Taskmaster

A record number of private businesses were up for sale in the September quarter, creating a unique opportunity to gather intelligence about your industry.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Buy a business  | Sell a business  | Leadership  | Managing people

Sitting back with SitFit

11:29PM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Back pain caused by poor posture is a leading cause of office absenteeism. The SitFit system helps to solve the problem by finding the right ergonomic furniture for each member of your staff.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Start-ups warned to prepare for Christmas cashflow squeeze

11:00AM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are being urged to remain vigilant in managing their working capital to avoid a cashflow crash in the new year as they stare down the barrel of a lukewarm Christmas trading period.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

13-year-old Melbourne girl designs iPad-inspired “padpod”

11:12PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A 13-year-old schoolgirl is the brains behind an iPad-inspired product dubbed the padpod, which recently launched in the Australian market with the help of a local manufacturer.

 | Business planning  | Home based business  | Growth  | Business advice and education  | Running a business from home  | Sole trader

Australian entrepreneurs need to embrace ‘creative destruction’, claims Turnbull

11:04PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Malcolm Turnbull, the Opposition communications spokesman, says Australia needs to start celebrating the “creative destruction” of industries in order to foster innovation.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Five top tips on how to hire a developer

11:46PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A serial entrepreneur has compiled a step-by-step guide for start-ups on how to hire developers, insisting start-ups need to recruit differently to big companies if they are to compete for talent.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

The road is clear for the transparent car

11:57PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you hate parallel parking? Clear thinking Japanese researchers have created a way to project the outside world onto the inside of a vehicle, giving you the feeling of driving a glass car.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

A blooming good idea

11:34PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

New York start-up H.Bloom saw that the $35 billion flower industry could be reinvented. Here’s how it did it.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Sydney start-up Tapestry pockets $600,000 investment

11:00AM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapestry, which has created a social media platform suitable for older people, has snagged $600,000 in a funding round led by Sydney Angels, having already won two grants from Commercialisation Australia and a national iAward.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Government gives game developers $20 million to play with

11:08PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Game developers will benefit from a $20 million fund unveiled by the Federal Government, on the back of research showing consumers spent $1.5 billion on interactive games last year.

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

Payments venture Braintree lands in Oz as eCommerce market heats up

11:05PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

US online and mobile payments platform Braintree, fresh from a $35 million fund raise, has launched in Australia, saying it is looking at the “blistering pace” of innovation in the eCommerce sector.

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