Startmate seeks “exceptional” techies to act as trump cards

2:10PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mentor-driven seed fund Startmate is seeking “exceptional” developers and designers for its newly launched Trump Cards program, which offers insight into life as a start-up.

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The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

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Thinking of launching an online retailer? Meet Gerry Harvey

2:23PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last night, while using a nearby “leisure computer”, the Taskmaster managed to catch an interview with Gerry Harvey. The same interview holds a hidden lesson for anyone thinking of launching an online retailer.

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Looking for a therapist? Hit the iCouch

2:08PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New technology can sometimes drive you crazy. Thankfully, a new online service called iCouch makes finding the perfect therapist easy.

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Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.

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RBA leaves cash rate unchanged – but for how long?

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank board has left the cash rate on hold at 3%, despite admitting that the labour market is softening and unemployment is edging higher.

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The Australian economy under Abbott

2:24PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

With a federal election coming up, it's time to take a look at what an Abbott-led government would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER

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Solar-powered water distiller

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The lack of clean, reliable drinking water has long been a problem in many developing countries. It’s a problem a new solar-powered water distiller hopes to tackle.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

2:31PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

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Labor appoints fourth small business minister in two years

2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.

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The break-up: What happens when franchises go wrong

2:12PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Leon Gettler

A good franchise has a lot in common with a good marriage. In both cases, however, things can get messy if it ends in divorce. BY LEON GETTLER.

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Online start-up the perfect Sidekicker

2:09PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever talked a friend into running an errand or helping you out with a trivial task? Next time, you might want to call in a Sidekick.

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Forbes’ Australian rich list pits innovators with miners

2:23PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes Asia’s annual list of the richest Australians is littered with mining magnates, including Gina Rinehart in the top spot, but it also features a strong contingent of entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in other fields.

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HMV staff hijack Twitter feed, live-tweet mass layoffs

2:30PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A disgruntled employee of collapsed music retail chain HMV hijacked the company's Twitter account and started live-tweeting about mass lay-offs.

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Need a fake girlfriend? There’s a site for that

2:05PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to make your ex-girlfriend jealous after a nasty breakup? A new website has the perfect solution: A fake Facebook girlfriend.

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How do I work out what my best business concept is?

2:52PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Brad Callaughan

There is no substitute for doing your homework before you decide to pursue a business opportunity.

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Business groups fear policy paralysis following election announcement

1:43PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 federal election date garnered a largely positive response from business groups, but there are now concerns about “policy paralysis” within government.

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Australia up three spots in global innovation – but expert says we can do better

1:23PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new report shows Australia has improved its global ranking in the innovation stakes, moving from 16th spot to 13th spot, although access to venture capital and public funding remains a problem for start-ups.

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Retail Food Group sees 120% post-Christmas spike in franchise enquiries

1:19PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group says it received more than double the number of enquiries this January compared to January 2012, as enquiries throughout franchising experience an upward trend.

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The one (election) day in September we want to remember

1:39PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Taskmaster

The 2013 federal election has been called for September 14. Old Taskmaster says it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action.

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