Meggle app lets nightclubbing students live it up on the cheap

12:50PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Two university students have highlighted the importance of cross-promotion on social media, after creating an app that allows students to gain access to nightclubs and bars at a cheaper rate.

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Is Mayan calendar doom approaching? Don’t plan on it

12:29PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Taskmaster

That’s great. It starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane – but Old Taskmaster is not afraid!

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Blackboard-inspired DIY lunch bag

12:24PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Now here’s a tasty lunch idea that’s worth writing home about. Facci Designs has created a DIY lunch bag which features a blackboard oil cloth exterior.

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Innovate NSW to offer funding for ideas-rich start-ups

12:00AM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government will introduce a $6.7 million initiative dubbed Innovate NSW, which will offer funding of up to $15,000 for around 250 businesses, as part of a wide-ranging plan to boost the state’s digital economy.

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Four Aussie apps make Apple’s best of 2012

12:14PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

App developers can take inspiration from Apple’s annual list of the best iOS apps, including Australian apps Virgin Australia Flight Specials, Sydney Food Trucks and OzTV.

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Looking for tech talent? Pushstart mentor offers his advice

12:03PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

PushStart mentor Alex North has offered some advice to start-ups looking for tech talent to build their idea, insisting every start-up must argue the case for why their business will be successful.

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Productivity Commission calls for stricter criteria for compulsory patent licensing

12:45PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Changes should be made to the patents system to improve access to technologies while protecting patent holders’ rights, according to the Productivity Commission.

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The challenges of working with a co-founder

12:25PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

Matt Mickiewicz from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is best known as a co-founder of 99designs, Sitepoint and In this video, he discusses the challenges of working with a co-founder.

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Ex-Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan invests in Rocklive, becomes CEO

12:07PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

Digital advertising venture Rocklive has appointed Bruce Buchanan, the former group chief executive of Jetstar, as its new CEO, with the new boss also taking a substantial stake in the start-up.

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Gogol Mogol boils down to business

12:33PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Here’s an idea that’s sure to crack a new market. The Gogol Mogol is a container that uses a chemical reaction to cook an egg while you're on the move.

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Aussie entrepreneur Leeaps into US start-up documentary

12:00AM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneur Simon Walker has made a documentary called the Leaap Project, which saw him visit 10 US cities in 20 days to gain insight into America’s complex start-up scene.

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Google Zeitgeist reveals what we searched for in 2012

12:30PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UK retailer ASOS was as the most searched fashion brand in Australia this year, according to Google’s latest Zeitgeist report, while Sydney-based retailer The Iconic was fifth on the list.

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Want to boost your chance of start-up survival? Head to Tasmania

12:11PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups in Tasmania have a better survival rate than elsewhere in Australia, with the healthcare and social assistance sectors topping the list of safe industries, according to a new report.

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New Christmas theft figures prompt security warning

12:06PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are being urged to ramp up their security measures in the lead-up to Christmas and over the holiday break, on the back of a report highlighting the extent of Christmas theft in 2012.

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Dollar Shave Club a cut above the rest

12:27PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There promises to be cut-throat competition in the razor market after the Dollar Shave Club launched in Australia. It could be the razor’s edge of a clear-cut new business opportunity.

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Kogan becomes a telco, targets dissatisfied customers with prepaid SIMs

12:36PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Internet entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan is moving into telecommunications, with his company now selling pre-paid 3G cards for use with smartphones and tablets.

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Spuni takes the mess out of mealtime

12:08PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A baby transitioning to solids can make a lot of mess at mealtime. It’s a problem a new, ergonomically designed spoon aims to solve.

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L’Oreal Fashion Festival signs WantItNow as logistics partner

12:01PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up WantItNow is hoping to raise the profile of its express-delivery online shopping portal after announcing a partnership with the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

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Revealed: The best and worst brands of 2012

12:56PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the best and worst brands as rated by consumer website Product Review, which has highlighted the importance of product quality in addition to customer service.

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Micro businesses feeling the pain, says MYOB

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

The business outlook is brighter for SMEs in 2013, according to the latest MYOB research findings, but micro businesses will continue to do it tough and have been urged to plan ahead.

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