Start-up accelerator Optus Innov8 announces new senior associate

10:53PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Optus Innov8, a start-up accelerator program, has appointed Humphrey Laubscher to be a senior associate on their management team.

Planning  | Business planning

Making a national impression

9:26PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Many patriotic Americans love hamburgers. So it should come as little surprise that a barbeque supply company in the US has begun selling a hamburger press shaped like the USA.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Handle the pressure like a Hawk

9:18PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you don’t follow the footy, there’s a valuable business lesson to be had from Hawthorn’s victory in the AFL grand final on Saturday.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Army of apps for good including asylum seeker myth-busting app launched at Sydney hackathon

9:46PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Over 80 developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney for a 48-hour hackathon last weekend to launch apps for charities and care organisations.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Innovation

If your company is nosediving, don’t buy a private jet!

9:28PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Occasionally, when you read a business news website, you’ll spot something that really makes you shake your head. A prime example is BlackBerry deciding, amidst its current troubles, to buy a new private jet.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Want to launch your start-up in Brazil? New incubation program offering $US35,000

9:56PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Founders can now launch their start-ups in one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, with an incubation program launched in Minas Gerais in Brazil offering a one-year visa and access to coworking space, mentoring and education, and $US35,000 in seed capital.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Hawthorn versus Fremantle: Six small business lessons from the 2013 AFL grand final

9:16PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, after a long season, it’s finally here. Hawthorn plays Fremantle in the AFL grand final this Saturday. Old Taskmaster has distilled six key lessons for your business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Work/life balance

Customising cutlery for that special occasion

9:27PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you looking for a first date experience that can really cut through? If so, this cutlery set is for you.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Wake up and smell the toast

9:22PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | StartupSmart

In this day and age, earning a crust can be tough. Thankfully, you can be sure you always smell delicious at work, thanks to this new toast-scented perfume.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

All the smartphone questions you’ve pondered but never bothered to ask

9:10PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | Taskmaster

When it comes to smartphones, there’s a whole heap of jargon. Quad-core processors? AMOLED displays? Android or iOS? Well, in layman’s terms, here’s an explanation of some of the words and phrases you’ve often read but never asked about.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology

Take your tablet with food

9:59PM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Knife makers Victorinox have created a knife block that features a handy shelf for your tablet.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Living in a fishbowl never looked so good

9:32PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | StartupSmart

There’s something rather fishy about these new handbags.

 | Business ideas

Meet Jolla: Lessons from the smartphone start-up rising from Nokia’s ashes

9:02PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Taskmaster

How Jolla was born from the wreckage of Nokia is an inspiring tale for anyone fed up with working for someone else and thinking of launching their own business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Leadership  | Management

Access to Asian investors for Australian start-ups set to be boosted

9:39PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Moves to free up investment flows between Australia and its Asian neighbours have been welcomed as an opportunity to attract overseas investors to Australian start-ups.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Government and Regulation

Leading incubators and accelerators announce partnership program with oDesk

9:42PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up accelerator programs Startmate, Pollenizer and AngelCube have partnered with international outsourcing platform oDesk in a new support program, oDesk Upstarts.

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

Google-backed incubator launches in Melbourne

9:05PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

A new, Google Australia-sponsored start-up incubator program, Melbourne NEXT, will launch next week at the York Butter Factory co-working space.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business

Ex-Nokia start-up Jolla announces Android apps will work on its smartphone

9:03PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Jolla, a smartphone start-up launched by former Nokia staff, has announced that unmodified Android apps will be able to run on its MeeGo-based Sailfish operating system.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | IT

Is 24/7 the future of your business?

9:41PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Late last week, fast-food chain Pie Face announced its latest expansion – a 24/7 drive-through in Queensland.

 | Business planning

Finger candles make a point

9:37PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | StartupSmart

While we’ve come across many half-baked birthday ideas, this one really takes the cake.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Migrant entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting up businesses in Australia

9:03PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Nina Hendy

Australia prides itself on its multiculturalism. However, migrant entrepreneurs face some unique challenges when starting up.

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