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The outback innovators

9:01PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Matty Soccio

The major metropolitan areas are not the only places where new businesses are being launched. However, starting up in rural regional Australia can pose some unique challenges. BY MATTY SOCCIO.

Eastern states' start-up numbers leap as WA lags: Report

9:00AM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 6% of all Australian businesses launched during the past 12 months, with the eastern states outshining boom state Western Australia in terms of new enterprises, according to data intelligence company Veda.

Perth crowned Australia’s top business ‘eTown’ by Google

8:44PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Perth, despite its mining-centric reputation, is the top urban location and Byron Shire in NSW is the best regional area when it comes to Australia’s burgeoning ‘digital economy’, according to new rankings from Google.

Enterprises targeted with new features for Google Maps and Google+

8:19PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Google is continuing to woo developers and businesses with new features, after launching new ad formats to help developers monetise Google Maps, and new business-specific features on Google+.

Enjoy your (Startup) Stay: New global community launches for travelling entrepreneurs

8:00AM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been offered the chance to dodge accommodation costs when they travel, following the launch of global community Startup Stay, which allows members to say with and host other entrepreneurs.

Start-ups warned over staff equity tax drawback

8:16PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has issued some advice to start-ups who plan to offer stock options to employees, after players in the technology industry highlighted the drawbacks of Employee Share Option Plans.

Widespread sickies puts focus on start-ups’ sick leave policies

8:46PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should “undoubtedly” put in place a sick leave policy from the get-go, an expert says, after a report revealed Australians are taking a third more sick leave than their UK counterparts.

Five things that every home-based business needs

8:09PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you looking at going solo for your next venture? If so, here are five essential things you’ll need to get started. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Start-up accelerator Innovyz set to hit the road

8:45PM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Adelaide-based start-up accelerator ANZ Innovyz START will hit the road in November by holding a series of intensive three-day workshops for early-stage ventures in each of Australia’s major capital cities.

Canberra start-ups get funding but connections still lacking

8:48PM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Five Canberra-based start-ups have received $170,000 in government grants to develop their products and services, but a local player says Canberra’s start-up scene still has a long way to go.

Male workers suffering from workplace inflexibility: Report

8:45PM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A lack of workplace flexibility could prompt more men to start their own business, after a report revealed 18% of men have considered leaving their job because of inflexible arrangements.

BuyReply set to go from idea to Silicon Valley within one year

8:49PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney entrepreneur Brad Lindenberg is close to a multi-million dollar capital raising for a start-up that was conceived, attracted big name clients such as Ralph Lauren and Sportsgirl and launched all in less than a year.

$100,000 grants up for grabs for carbon-cutting innovation

8:20PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Carbon-conscious start-ups have been targeted by GE’s new Ecomagination Challenge, which will see five winners awarded $100,000 cash, and a potential capital pledge of up to $10 million.

“Crowdcoding” website lets developers trade code for equity

8:15PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cash-strapped developers and talent-starved tech start-ups are being encouraged to utilise a new “crowdcoding” website dubbed Late Labs, which allows developers to trade code for equity.

The harsh franchise reality check

8:29PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Alexandra Cain

Entrepreneurs who invest in a franchise with unrealistic expectations can find themselves in for a nasty surprise. If you’re thinking about becoming a franchisee, here are some key points you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Building and telco sectors set to lead post-mining surge: Report

8:00AM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The building and telecommunications industries are expected to pick up in the next few years as the mining sector slows, although other businesses are set to struggle, according to a new report.

In profile: The top five in this year’s Inc. 5000

8:03PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups looking for inspiration are being encouraged to study the 2012 Inc. 5000 list, which features the fastest-growing companies in the United States.

Microsoft changes its logo after 25 years: Here are three lessons you can learn

8:38PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global tech giant Microsoft has updated its logo after 25 years in a bid to reflect the company’s ever-growing product portfolio, highlighting several logo lessons for start-ups to take note of.

Online fashion start-up Jasu gives its launch some Klout

8:13PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A local online fashion start-up is taking the invitation-only concept to a new level for its launch, only accepting people who have a high “Klout score”, which is a measure of a person’s online social influence.

Pollenizer’s two days of business brainstorming

8:06PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney start-up incubator Pollenizer works hard for its decent investment success rate. This time-lapse video shows two days of start-up hothousing prior to launch compressed into under two minutes.

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