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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.

Australia “off the radar” for US tech investment: Rackspace chief

8:21PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The local head of US hosting giant Rackspace has risked provoking indignation among start-ups for claiming that Australia is “off the radar” of US technology firms investing in overseas markets.

Australian workers pessimistic as they wait for economic storm to hit: Report

8:14PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian employees are more pessimistic about job security and financial wellbeing than those in recession-hit countries because they fear the worst is yet to come, a new report reveals.

Y Combinator warns of funding woes after unveiling latest start-up batch

8:26PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Y Combinator says venture capitalists are becoming increasingly selective about the start-ups they fund, after revealing the latest batch of the accelerator’s start-ups.

Perth firm picks up $1 million grant to combat diabetic kidney disease

8:20PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Perth specialist life science company will use a $1 million grant from Commercialisation Australia to develop biomarkers for diabetic kidney disease, which can kill up to 56 million people a year.

Three retail lessons from kitchen award winner Wheel&Barrow

8:14PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up retailers looking to spice up their offerings before spring may want take a closer look at Wheel&Barrow, which has been named top kitchen retailer in a survey by Canstar Blue.

Small business sales up almost 5% as household stimulus kicks in

8:11PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose by almost 5% year-on-year in July and by 3.8% over the year to the three months to July, with assistance for households as part of the carbon tax package a main driver, according to a new report

The rise of school-aged soloists

8:38PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Is there such a thing as too young to become a successful soloist? If there is, someone forgot to tell these young entrepreneurs they “weren’t ready” to make it in business. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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