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When net promoter scores turn absurd

3:00AM | Wednesday, 26 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Every few years, a new management trend sweeps through MBA land. A recent example has been “net promoter scores”.

Five Quora answers every startup founder should read

3:46PM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Quora is a treasure trove of great advice for entrepreneurs. Here are some of the top answers every founder should read.

Australia beats Silicon Valley on almost every entrepreneurial trait: Global accelerator

3:42PM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Australian founders are emotionally stable. That was the finding of The Founder Institute’s psychometric tests that all candidates are required to complete, with Australia coming out on top for several qualities.

Jobs on the agenda for G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit

3:09PM | Friday, 21 March 2014 | StartupSmart

Entrepreneurs 40 years old and under are urged to apply for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (YEA) Summit Australia 2014, before registrations close on March 31, 2014.

Get started on a new business with this one day action plan

3:23PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Phil Morle

As long as your startup is in your mind and not in the world, it will stay a dream. This is an action plan to get your new business started.

Can entrepreneurship be taught? Lean startup guru Steve Blank responds

3:50PM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The man who made the lean start-up approach a movement, Steve Blank, says asking if entrepreneurship can be taught is the wrong question, the question that matters is who can it be taught to.

How to scale a culture: Create organisational rhythms, remember silence is deadly and consider arguing drunk

3:20AM | Monday, 17 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Growing a business may seem easy but screwing it up is even easier, especially if you don’t keep an eye on your company culture, says scaling expert Huggy Rao.

Why job descriptions matter

3:15PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Most entrepreneurs love their staff. Don't they?

Weekly digest: This week’s stories in one easy to check place

3:37PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

We tackled some big topics this week, from the worst red tape for start-ups to five myths about scaling a business to how Australia can overcome a fear of failure many believe is holding the start-up ecosystem back.

Music wasn’t better back in the day – and neither was life!

3:41PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you holding off on building your dreams for the future because of a misguided idealism about the past? The Taskmaster says it’s time to take off those nostalgia goggles.

Buy a vowel – and make your name stand out!

3:00AM | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you trying to pick a name for your business? Looking for something really unique? Old Taskmaster suggests it’s time to buy a vowel.

Stanford start-up tutors share the top five myths about scaling tech start-ups

3:00AM | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | Rose Powell

By definition, every start-up plans to get global sooner or later. But scaling a business poorly is one of the fastest ways to kill it, according to two Stanford lecturers.

Startup Games launches: Why only 28 of 80 aspiring entrepreneurs made it through the selection process

3:44PM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Only 28 applicants to the University of New South Wales’s New South Innovations Startup Games started the program this week, after a rigorous application process.

Tech Girl Movement launches to boost the number of women in tech

3:05PM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Rose Powell

An IT academic is calling for a coordinated strategy to boost the number of women in the technology industries, starting with girls in primary school.

The importance of having a coach in business and life

2:22PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Remember those piano or guitar lessons you loved (or hated) as a kid? Perhaps you were forced to go to tennis lessons? Now you’re in business, it’s time to hire another coach.

The three big challenges that stop start-ups getting going: Noah Kagan

2:21PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Noah Kagan is the founder of AppSumo and a world-renowned growth hacker. After working with hundreds of start-ups, he’s identified the three common issues holding aspiring entrepreneurs back.

Personal perfection and “lightning gratification” among top future trends for SMEs

2:54PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Most trend forecasts for SMEs focus on expectations of business confidence, financial status, use of technology and new online marketing habits, but futurist Ross Dawson has other ideas.

Enable people’s laziness – and profit!

2:56PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Today, like so many other days, your humble correspondent arrived at Taskmaster Towers. On the desk was a post-it note.

Which team will get to have the final say?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Your products will end up looking very different depending on which team is put in charge.

How to determine whether you qualify for the R&D Tax Incentive

2:56PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Robert Krigsman

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive program was developed to assist businesses recover some of the costs of undertaking R&D. Here are the key details you need to know.

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