Lean start-up model gives ‘permission to give up very fast’, US investor claims

12:24PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer founder Mick Liubinskas has defended the ‘lean’ start-up model, following criticisms from famed US venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Virtual tape measure promises a perfect fit

12:17PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When you go shopping for clothes online, it can be difficult to know which size fits best. Thankfully, a new “virtual tape measure” app promises to take the guesswork out of eCommerce.

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oZAPP Awards targets budding developers with $300,000 prize pool

12:00AM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm will contribute $US100,000 to the prize pool of the upcoming oZAPP Awards, which are aimed at emerging Australian app developers, taking the total up to $300,000.

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Navigating the world’s factory: Three top tips for sourcing from China

12:37PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global eCommerce company has presented three key tips for Australian start-ups looking to source goods from China.

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Mum-to-be Kate Middleton – a mumpreneur to look up to?

12:52PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Buckingham Palace has officially announced that Kate Middleton is pregnant. Here are three bouncing baby businesses the potential future mumpreneur could give birth to.

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RBA cuts cash rate to 3% as consumer spending stalls

12:41PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.

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New social media ranking service shows banks surge as energy firms power down

12:27PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The banks have golden social media reputations while energy companies are performing poorly, according to a new social media ranking service.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT

Works a treat: Melt-proof chocolate is a hot idea

12:45PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Eating chocolate during a hot Aussie summer can leave you in a sticky situation. Thankfully, scientists at Cadbury have devised a heat-tolerant chocolate that should be a sweet solution.

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Businesses tip higher profits, but conditions still patchy: Study

12:00AM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses will end the year on a reasonably positive note, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey, but the outlook for 2013 is mixed, with rising profit levels but a “patchy” employment market.

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Start-ups put on festive notice following gift card warning

12:51PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups planning to offer gift cards this Christmas have been urged to include all the necessary information, after the NSW fair trading minister issued a warning to consumers over misrepresentation.

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Tech start-ups urged to go Dutch with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

12:41PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another European funding avenue for tech start-ups has opened up, with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam offering teams €15,000 in seed funding and the opportunity to pitch for more.

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Car airbags go outdoors

12:52PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Airbags have long been recognised as an important auto safety feature. Now a new vehicle takes the concept further by featuring shock-absorbing cushions on the outside as well.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Get your business ready for a hot summer

11:51PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Taskmaster

The start of summer is upon us. At this time of year, carrying out this simple task could save your business – and your life.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Workspace

How I built the Amazon empire: Four top tips from Jeff Bezos

11:35PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should respond to skepticism systematically and be prepared for a fight from the very beginning, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

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Online genealogy boom continues as MyHeritage raises $25 million

11:26PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Israeli company MyHeritage has acquired long-term rival after raising $25 million in new funding, as the genealogy industry continues to grow both overseas and in Australia.

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Australia’s worst boss?

11:17PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sweaty, sexist and full of jargon. A portrayal of Australia’s worst boss has been cleverly used by Sydney start-up InsideTrak to highlight its own job listing and employer review service.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

New smartphone case is a cracker

11:11AM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you feeling hungry for some tasty new smartphone features? Thanks to the Survival Senbei iPhone 5 Case, your smartphone cover can now also serve as a salty rice snack.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Anthony Podesta named 2012 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year

11:00AM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

McMillan Shakespeare founder Anthony Podesta has been named the 2012 Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, with the founders of Jetts Fitness, Ozsale and OzHarvest also recognised at the awards.

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Full of beans: Coffee overtakes tea in popularity as Aussies ditch chain cafes

11:18PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Coffee has overtaken tea as the hot drink of choice for Australian consumers, according to a new report, with an industry analyst suggesting independent cafés are now more popular than coffee chains.

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Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

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