Rezdy raises another $300,000 as it limbers up for million dollar round

12:00AM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online reservation system Rezdy has snagged $300,000 from existing investors, adding to the $250,000 it raised earlier, but is already planning to raise up to $1.5 million in 12 months’ time.

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

Forbes names most powerful people – who can you learn from?

12:24PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US President Barack Obama might be the world’s most powerful person, according to Forbes, but there’s a handful of entrepreneurs on this year’s list for start-ups to draw inspiration from.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership

Samsung smartphone comes with a twist

12:19PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Samsung is working on introducing smartphones with flexible glass screens. It’s a development likely to create a range of new business opportunities.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Eight start-ups selected for Incubate program at University of Sydney

12:15PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Sydney Union’s Incubate program has selected the eight successful start-up teams who will use $5,000 grants to develop their ideas over the university’s summer break.

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Why December 9 is being tipped as the biggest online shopping day – ever

12:12PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sunday December 9 will be the busiest online shopping day ever, according to new figures from eBay, with an industry expert insisting it’s not too late for start-ups to get it on the action.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites

Entrepreneur Shane Yeend’s Imagination Entertainment buys 50% of export start-up Aussie Inc

12:00AM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Up-and-coming export start-up Aussie Inc has received a major leg-up from global entertainment company Imagination, which has purchased a 50% stake in the business.

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

ABS figures reveal unexpected fall in unemployment

12:08PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s national unemployment rate fell 0.1% to 5.2% in November, contrary to expectations, with Victoria and NSW experiencing the biggest falls in jobless numbers.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Innovation secrets from Australia’s three most creative start-ups

12:34PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

Innovation can be an elusive concept. However, if you’re trying to reshape an industry, it’s worth examining these lessons from Australia’s three most creative start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Melbourne hotel chain to trial “overstay checkout” scheme

12:55PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you sick of set check out times at hotels? One Melbourne hotel chain has invented a booking system where you don’t have to check out until the next guest checks in.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

New status for SMEs’ Facebook pages: Online ordering

12:45PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane-based franchise Red Rock Noodle Bar has claimed an industry first after launching an online ordering platform on its Facebook page.

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

When doing business is a dog’s life

12:22PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you feeling dog tired? Hounded by the pressures of launching a business? Before you go barking mad, there could be something you need to fetch.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

SMEs back Coalition, anticipate weak economy: SME Directions Survey

12:13PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | James Thomson

The third bi-annual SME Direction survey, sponsored by WHK Group & Crowe Horwath, reveals 57.3% of SMEs would vote for the Coalition if the poll was held now, compared to 11.2% for Labor.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Australian start-up StethoCloud snags $75,000 grant from Microsoft

12:00AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian start-up that developed a solution to diagnose childhood pneumonia has won a $75,000 grant after being named the runner-up of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants program.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it  | Business advice and education  | Business Grants

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.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

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.

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

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.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

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.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Sole trader

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.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

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