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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.

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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.

 | 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

New Gold Coast co-working space opens its doors

11:02PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new co-working space has opened on the Gold Coast after partnering with existing venue Gold Coast TechSpace, adding to the list of co-working spaces and incubators in the Sunshine State.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sole trader

The top five website errors committed by Aussie SMEs

11:45PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re starting up, putting a website together can be daunting. Here are five of the most common website errors committed by start-ups and how to correct them. BY OLIVER MILMAN and MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Pain-free tape to improve care of premature bubs

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

The best way to remove surgical tape used to be to count to three and rip it off quickly. Now scientists have developed a new type of tape that can be removed without any wincing.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Naked Wines Australia raises $1 million via “angel” network

11:00AM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited more than 2,000 “angels”, who have raised $1 million to fund wine made by up-and-coming independent winemakers.

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

New Adelaide fund to raise $50 million for medical, defence and tech devices

11:08PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new investment fund is aiming to raise an initial $50 million from private and institutional investors both here and overseas in order to finance medical, defence and technology devices.

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

“Social timeline” offers crowdsourced dating advice

11:04PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re not comfortable discussing your relationship with friends on Facebook or Twitter, a new social media website can help you with anonymous dating advice.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Google to open start-up hub in Berlin

11:56PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google has announced it will open an expansive start-up hub in Berlin, following up similar initiatives in London and Paris with a commitment for €1 million ($A1.2m) over three years.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Wollongong seeks to reinvent itself with start-up “Hackagong”

11:45PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wollongong will try to reinvent itself as a start-up hub by hosting a technology conference and hackathon event called “Hackagong”.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology
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