Online security shortfall set to hurt retailers over Christmas: Report

11:00AM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are being urged to ramp up their online security measures in the lead-up to Christmas, with research revealing only a third of businesses have a risk management procedure in place.

Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

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SMEs set for incentive blitz amid yawning retail space vacancies

11:17PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups are being encouraged to sniff out incentives from landlords who are desperate to fill space, as established brands begin to avoid shopping centres due to high rents.

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The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Ratings system for gym junkies

11:57PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to know how effective a particular fitness class is at burning fat or building muscle? A new review website called RateYourBurn can help you to find out.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Be ready for December 23 email blitz, retailers warned

11:00AM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

December 23 will be the biggest day of December for retailers receiving traffic from email campaigns, according to an Experian analyst, who has outlined some key Christmas findings.

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New “Hop” suitcase follows its user

11:11PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new suitcase, called the Hop, looks for signals sent from a users’ mobile phone and automatically follows them like a lost puppy.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How we hustled our way into 500 Startups: Kickfolio

11:00AM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AngelCube alumni Kickfolio has highlighted the “hustle” it went through in order to be accepted into US accelerator 500 Startups, which recently announced its newest batch of companies.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

New research reaffirms potential of China and India for retailers

11:09PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research reaffirms the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets for retailers, but categories such as fashion are being outshone by more “necessary” categories such as health.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Media darling Mia Freedman features on new video platform Eventer

11:01PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based software development company Cogent has launched a new video platform to share events online, which has already featured big-name speakers including Mia Freedman.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | How I did it

Smartphone app sends video messages

11:19PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When it comes to SMS, the revolution will be televised. A new iPhone app makes it as easy to record a video message as it is to send a text.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Startup Weekend to launch 10,000 start-ups via new partnership

11:00AM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startup Weekend has teamed up with TechStars and Startup America to launch a new program dubbed Startup Weekend Next, which will aim to create 10,000 start-ups throughout the world.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

The triple C bottom line: Getting back to basics

10:38PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Corporate spending on Melbourne Cup spurs business opportunities: IBISWorld

10:50PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will see spending increase by 4.1% on 2011, according to IBISWorld, which has highlighted oppportunities for retailers and regional tourism operators.

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Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

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Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

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Garden-in-a-bottle appeals to wannabe green thumbs

10:17PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you struggle to find the time to look after your plants? Now you can buy an instant garden in a bottle – just add water.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Capture moments with a new lifelogging camera

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever witnessed something amazing that passed before you had a chance to take a photo? A new postage stamp-sized camera, called the Memoto, automatically takes two pictures every minute.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Samsung and Toblerone among this year’s Shonkys

10:37PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the mistakes of this year’s Shonky award winners, which include Toblerone for its “ridiculous” serving sizes, and waterproofing technology that doesn’t work.

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StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

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