Telstra vows to maintain start-up mindset for new apps unit

1:32PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Telstra has created a new unit dubbed Global Applications and Platforms, vowing to operate the mobile apps business as a start-up, but with the financial backing to make acquisitions.

Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Five top business ideas that made millions

1:06PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Do you want to be a millionaire? Still looking for inspiration? Here are five great ideas that grew up into successful businesses. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Super-hyper-mega-ultra-synergy Industries? Time to cut the buzzwords

1:28PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.

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Hotel guests offered social media “butler”

1:20PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Boasting on Twitter can be hard work while you’re being pampered in a luxury hotel. Thankfully, the Madison Hotel in Washington DC now offers a “social media butler” in its luxury package.

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Christmas fizzer for small businesses following December sales slump

1:52PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Economy-wide spending fell almost 2% in December, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, despite small businesses’ hopes for a buoyant Christmas shopping season.

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Like a Virgin – or a Unilever: Is one brand ever enough?

1:44PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Taskmaster

When you’re planning a business, it’s natural to spend a lot of time thinking about how you’re going to brand, advertise and market your first product. But what about your second product?

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ByteLight brings GPS indoors

1:35PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Most GPS systems struggle with indoor navigation. Now an enlightened Boston-based start-up called ByteLight is using LED lighting to help you get around in a flash.

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Atlassian rolls out second ‘Hack House’ for budding techies

1:36PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The first class of Atlassian Hack House graduates have highlighted their achievements since participating in the program, after the second class began work yesterday.

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Grill’d creates Coat of Arms burger – here are three other Australia Day products

1:12PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Burger chain Grill’d has come under fire for encouraging Australians to “eat their national emblem” after creating a burger containing kangaroo and emu meat.

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Property start-up Housenet throws its website to the crowd

1:06PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

A Sydney-based online real estate start-up has taken an unusual approach to website development by crowdsourcing ideas from the public over the functionality and concept of its offering.

 | Business planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

The warm glow of nostalgia or the cold shoulder of a zombie brand?

1:51PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Taskmaster

If you’re launching a new product, there’s a certain appeal to bringing back an old brand from the past. However, as Old Taskmaster discovered, some brands are better left forgotten.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Create a multimedia “eWill” with PassedOn

1:47PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

If you could leave a message for your friends and family after you pass away, what would you tell them? Thanks to PassedOn, you can leave an eWill message to the loved ones you leave behind.

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Eastern seaboard states are neck and neck: CommSec report

1:11PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There is little to separate Victoria, Queensland and NSW in the way of economic performance, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report, while Tasmania continues to lag.

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ANZ lauds business services as “story of the year”

1:08PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose 2.8% over the year to the December quarter, according to ANZ’s latest Small Business Sales Trends report, with business services described as “the story of the year”.

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Five top reasons to start-up in 2013

1:28PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Are you considering launching a business in 2013? If so, here are the top five reasons you should take the plunge. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Liquid metal marbles a solid idea

1:59PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

RMIT University researchers have created liquid metal marbles. The nanoparticle-coated liquid metal droplets withstand high impacts or temperatures, can form semiconductors, yet behave like a fluid.

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Startup Weekend winner among latest Innovyz START participants

1:12PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former winner of Startup Weekend is among the 10 ventures selected to take part in the second ANZ Innovyz START program, which is once again dominated by Adelaide-based start-ups.

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Eyewear start-up unfazed by sombre industry forecast

1:00PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s optometry and optical dispensing industry is expected to grow just 0.4% in 2012-13, according to an IBISWorld report, but online eyewear retailer Sneaking Duck says it isn’t worried.

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River City Labs founder backs new Brisbane games accelerator

1:53PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new mobile games accelerator has launched in Brisbane and is now open for applications, with successful teams set to receive up to $50,000 each in addition to office space and mentorship.

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Opportunities abound in New Year’s resolutions

1:14AM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Across Australia, consumers are trying to get fit or shed some pounds as part of their New Year’s resolutions. This can lead to new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Business ideas