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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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