Business planning



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.

Start-ups warned over overseas app developers

8:06PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian businesses are increasingly using cheap overseas firms to help them join the app rush, only to end up with a botched job, a local app developer has claimed.

Creditors crack down on debt as insolvency level dips

8:01PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses have been warned that creditors are coming down hard on outstanding payments and bad debt, following the release of figures that showed an easing in the number of company collapses.

Childcare centre accused of underpaying “young, vulnerable” workers

8:53PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Fair Work Ombudsman says the involvement of young workers was a key factor in the decision to prosecute the owner-operator of a childcare centre for allegedly underpaying staff.

The Reading Room looking to open book on expansion, new investment

8:01PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A small Sydney start-up is looking to break the eBook hegemony of tech giants Apple and Amazon by raising funds and expanding rapidly in Australia, the US and Europe.

ATO watchman flags review of audit “risk engines”

8:30PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses have been urged to keep on top of their tax record keeping, after the Inspector-General of Taxation raised concerns about the way taxpayers are selected for audits.

Business sales slide in July as consumers rein in their spending

8:15PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator fell 5.4% in seasonally adjusted terms in July, while another survey shows the small business sector has become increasingly pessimistic about the economy.

Web start-up hunts for a “founder apprentice”

8:00AM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online start-up is on the hunt for a “founder apprentice”, who will work closely with the business’ co-founder Ned Dwyer on day-to-day operations.

Entrepreneur concern over NSW Government cutbacks prompts workshop series

8:31PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Two entrepreneurs have launched a series of Sydney small business workshops amid concerns over cut-backs in SME event programs by both the NSW and Queensland state governments.

Cobblers cop a load as complaint results in $206,000 back-pay for 260 workers

8:41PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than $206,000 has been reimbursed to past and present employees of Cobbler Plus and Watch Works kiosks across the country, following a complaint from a worker.

How Abby Larson built her Style Me Pretty empire from a $9.99 blog

8:52PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A university lecturer once told Abby Larson that she would never make a living through blogging. Larson proved the naysayers wrong with online bridal site Style Me Pretty. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

ANZ Innovyz START gets a second year as this year’s class graduates

8:00AM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program, the Adelaide-based start-up program that's based on the US incubator TechStars, was confirmed for another year at the graduation of the program’s inaugural class.

Google chief Schmidt takes stake in Sydney start-up BiNu

8:00AM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A Sydney start-up has secured a landmark investment from Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, amid a growth push in developing countries around the world.