What will business look like in 2055?

4:56PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | Paul Wallbank

The federal government’s Intergenerational Report is receiving plenty of criticism as critics, including this writer, dissect its shortcomings and call its authors out for their failure to imagine how society and the economy will look in 2055.


Australia set to get an equity crowdfunding platform dedicated to health-tech sector

4:27PM | Friday, 10 April 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australia is about to see the launch of an equity crowdfunding platform aimed specifically at the health-tech sector, inspired by the explosive popularity growth of health-tech meetup groups.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Bruce Billson wants to improve access to capital for female entrepreneurs

4:35PM | Friday, 10 April 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson is calling for suggestions for how to improve access to capital for female entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Government and Regulation

Griffin Accelerator program looking to give Canberra’s startup ecosystem a boost

4:27PM | Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Startups are being urged to apply for the Canberra-based Griffin Accelerator program in order to snap up $25,000 in seed funding.

 | Planning

How startups can scale customer service as they grow

4:01PM | Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Daniel Scheltinga

For startups, one of the biggest challenges of customer service is that almost as soon as everything is set up, things seem to change.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Survey research can’t capture everyone’s opinion – but Twitter can

4:41AM | Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Karen Hilyard, David Broniatowski and Mark Dredze

For decades, one of the mainstay tools for survey research has been the landline telephone. But today, fewer people have landlines, and laws that ban robotic dialing of cellphones mean they aren’t easily used for this kind of research.

 | Planning

Ellen Pao’s failed discrimination suit ‘shines a light’ on gender inequality

3:42PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has won a three year legal battle against a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because of her gender.

 | Planning  | Legal matters

Nitro’s Sam Chandler explains why it no longer makes sense for Australian startups to move to Silicon Valley

3:28PM | Friday, 27 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Here are two key reasons why it no longer makes sense for early stage Australian startups to relocate their headquarters to Silicon Valley

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Medtech’s Got Talent is back – and this year’s winner gets $60,000 in funding

3:13PM | Friday, 27 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Applications are open for health tech pitching competition MedTech’s Got Talent, with Victorian startups encouraged to apply.

 | Planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Nominations about to close for the 2015 iAwards

3:49PM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Startups now have less than one week to enter the 2015 iAwards, with nominations for this year’s competition closing on March 25, with categories recognising startups and R&D, young entrepreneurs, and social enterprises.

 | Planning

Do you need worldwide terms and conditions?

3:15PM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

Your online business sells to overseas customers as well as Australian customers. Do you need worldwide terms and conditions – and is there such a thing?

 | Planning

Gamification harnesses the power of games to motivate

3:09AM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Kevin Werbach

Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like Game of War and Candy Crush Saga. They aren’t alone.

 | Planning  | Technology

A guide to navigating university for student entrepreneurs

3:04PM | Thursday, 19 March 2015 | James Alexander

A revolution in entrepreneurship is underway. A student, armed with a MacBook, an internet connection and a great idea can create a company that reaches people around the globe, with just $5000 dollars or less.

 | Planning

Intergenerational prosperity depends on supporting research

3:41PM | Monday, 16 March 2015 | Michael Withford

According to the Intergenerational Report (IGR) released earlier this month, Australia’s future productivity and prosperity depends on innovation and technology.

 | Planning  | Innovation  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Blue sky thinker raises $200,000 to bring Google Analytics-style data to bricks-and-mortar retailers

3:38PM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

David Mah, the co-founder of successful online shopping app Blue Sky, has raised $200,000 in seed funding for his latest venture, which provides Google Analytics-style real-time data to bricks-and-mortar retailers.

 | Planning  | Marketing  | Financing a business

Twentysomething startup founders in the minority - but why?

3:59PM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Young entrepreneurs like 20-year-old CoinJar co-founder Ryan Zhou are actually in the minority, according to a survey about the age of startup founders.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

BBC to give away computers to get kids to code: could it work here?

3:47PM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

The BBC is set to give away a million Raspberry Pi-style computers to British school students to encourage children to take up coding.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Swiss army knife lessons: stop looking for absolute truths about startup success

3:28PM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Alan Downie

Like anything you read on the internet, most of it is plain bullshit. And the stuff that isn’t bullshit should still come with a lengthy list of disclaimers.

 | Planning

Uber and Etsy: Why traditional advertising just doesn’t pay off

3:33AM | Friday, 13 March 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Two of the most successful e-commerce businesses operating in Australia say they will stick to marketing themselves through social channels because they simply can’t make traditional marketing like TV or radio ads pay.

 | Planning

Four US services that would go gangbusters in Australia

3:50PM | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

StartupSmart has chosen four American startups or services that would hit it off in Australia should they launch Down Under.

 | Business ideas