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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.

Is fear holding you back from chasing your dream?

2:13PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Marina Go

I recently attended StartupSmart's inaugural pitching event, So You Think You Can Start Up at the glamorous office of sponsor Servcorp in Sydney's Chifley Tower.

Don’t create a doberhuahua!

2:39PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Taskmaster

So are you toying with the idea of combining two different products into one? Be careful you don’t create a doberhuahua!

A roaring trade or a dog of an idea?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Taskmaster

A zoo in China was recently busted for short-changing its customers after a “lion” began barking like a dog. It’s time for the Taskmaster to get to the bottom of this hairy business dilemma.

Ask an outsider

2:00AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Most of the rest of the world cares far less about your industry than you do. It’s time to tap into what they really think of your business.

The Super Bowl: Start-ups versus the establishment

2:26PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Taskmaster

The first Super Bowl was the product of that most American of traditions: A disruptive start-up business taking on the corporate establishment.

A start-up intern shares an inside look at 99designs

1:22PM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Dan Williams wasn’t sure about the Melbourne University start-up internship program. But, after scoring a place at 99Designs, he’s caught the start-up bug.

Tech, food and leisure most popular industries for new business

1:09PM | Thursday, 23 January 2014 | Rose Powell

More than half of Australia’s entrepreneurs are feeling confident about their start-up prospects and the best time to launch a new business will be in 2016, according to research by Snap Printing released this week.

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