Caution urged over crowdfunding as Kickstarter-backed venture crashes

10:31PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Kickstarter-backed gaming company was forced to stop development on its latest game after its programmers pulled the pin.

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Gear up for thought-triggered technology

10:33PM | Thursday, 6 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Scientists have unveiled a bicycle with gears that can be changed by thinking about it.

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New Manly co-working space rolls out the perks for start-ups

10:00AM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A start-up co-working space in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly has denied it is dangling a carrot for members despite sweetening its offer with non-work perks, such as kayaking and yoga.

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Mark Zuckerberg speaks at start-up school – here are three top tips

10:39PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has imparted some new words of wisdom to start-ups, insisting the desire to solve a problem must always be greater than the desire to start a company.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

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Start-ups tipped to cash in amid second-hand goods boom

10:44PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research suggests the resale value of unused goods in Australian households could equate to more than $40 billion, highlighting opportunities for start-ups in the growing second-hand market.

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Female entrepreneurs suffering funding shortfall: Report

10:39PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A lack of risk-taking and a preference for service-based industries has been blamed for a shortfall in start-up investment secured by women, after US research revealed female-created ventures receive 8% less funding than men.

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Five key business course trends from Australian universities

10:57PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How successful are Australian universities at creating entrepreneurs? If you’re looking at further study, here are five key business course trends you should be aware of. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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ZZZ Zen puts beds in bars

10:23PM | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Paris snooze bar ZZZ Zen offers sleep-inducing “zero gravity” chairs that mimic weightlessness for drowsy drinkers, allowing patrons to nod off after one too many champagnes.

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Four NSW digital ventures share $291,000 in funding round

10:00AM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Four NSW digital ventures have been backed with a total of $291,000 in state government funding, including, unusually, backing for a start-up to further develop its business plan.

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Mobile-charging shoes

10:55PM | Thursday, 20 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Your mobile phone might never run out of power mid-conversation again, thanks to research from the University of Wisconsin.

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Catch of the Day grows with new online restaurant site

10:21PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Catch of the Day keeps rolling out new ventures, with its newest looking to become a game-changer in the restaurants sector.

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Melbourne Uni start-up MetaCDN snags $2.3 million investment

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

MetaCDN, a web start-up born out of the University of Melbourne, has secured $US2.3 million in an investment round led by Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures.

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Shed clothes – and memories – with The Divorcee Sale

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Divorcee Sale is a way for women to ditch possessions from their pre-split life while making a handy profit.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Five advantages to becoming a franchisee

10:44PM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

When you decide to start-up, a key decision is whether you should go it alone or buy a franchise. Here are five major advantages to becoming a franchisee. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Aussie humour workshop is no joke

10:20PM | Tuesday, 18 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Swinburne University ran a workshop to teach its international students the logic of Australian humour, highlighting the level of interest in quirkier aspects of Australian culture.

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Sydney doctor named among world’s 50 best new start-ups

10:00AM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A start-up launched by a Sydney doctor to aid paediatric care in remote Aboriginal communities has been named among the world’s 50 most innovative new businesses by Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Aussie exec Rebekah Horne to head Google Ventures-backed US start-up

10:29PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia, has been installed as CEO of US start-up TopFloor, which has been backed by Google’s venture capital arm.

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Five ways to get the most out of the Christmas spending rush

10:02PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s already October, which means it’s time to start preparing for the festive season. Here are five things you should do to bring your business some extra Christmas cheer. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Sales and marketing  | Sales

Flying carpet a sky-high idea

10:26PM | Friday, 14 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A battery-powered magic carpet has had lift-off in the United States, suggesting magic carpet rides could soon become a reality.

 | Planning  | Business ideas