Business planning



Make sure your apps don’t break with KitKat

10:10PM | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 | Taskmaster

In the past couple of days, Google has announced some big changes with Android 4.4 KitKat. Here are some key details you must be aware of.

What kind of entrepreneur are you?

10:42PM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and, as this cute infographic from BizSugar shows, styles.

Speed kills: Why you don’t need to build your start-up at a million miles an hour

10:24PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Jason Rose

In business, there can be a temptation to aim for fast growth from day one. However, sometimes a slow and steady approach is the most sustainable strategy.

Leading entrepreneurs share the best business advice they ever received

10:35PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Australia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs share the best pieces of business advice they’ve received.

How to discover if there is a big enough market and strong enough problem for your start-up

10:00AM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Big ideas, big markets and billion dollar problem areas were the key topics at this week’s edition of the Next start-up development program.

Time to organise your Christmas party!

10:03PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Christmas is just around the corner. And, when it comes to organising your Christmas party, there are a number of options you should consider.

The big smartphone trends mobile app developers need to be aware of: Part Two

10:31PM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Taskmaster

The global smartphone market is huge – and growing rapidly. In the second of a two-part series, here are the big trends in the mobile industry you need to be aware of.

The “super sectors” to contribute $250 billion to the economy within 20 years

10:59PM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Agribusiness has been identified as one of the next “super-growth” sectors, capable of contributing $250 billion to the economy in the next 20 years.

Five tips for overcoming procrastination

10:52AM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Procrastination can be a killer for home-based businesses. If you’re finding yourself putting things off, here are five tips to help you snap out of it.

The big smartphone trends mobile app developers need to be aware of: Part One

10:16PM | Monday, 7 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Ever wondered whether Apple or Android is ahead the Australian smartphone market? In the first of a two-part series, here are the big trends in the mobile industry you need to be aware of.

The Nitro story: How to grow a software company from five guys to over $25 million in annual revenue

10:00AM | Friday, 4 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Taking on the “gorilla in the room” competitor doesn’t always end well, but it seemed like a great idea to the founding team of now international software company Nitro when they squared up to Adobe in 2005.

Time to clear your desk!

10:20PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Can you see the surface of your desk? No? Oh dear… the situation’s worse than Old Taskmaster feared!

Dealing with regret

10:21PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Regret. It’s an emotion your humble correspondent is all too familiar with. The secret lies in how you deal with it.

How to work out if you’ve got a viable start-up idea: Insights from the Next program

10:22PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Customer discovery and honing start-up ideas were the key topics explored during the first evening of the Next start-up development program, run in co-working space York Butter Factory on Monday.

Start-up accelerator Optus Innov8 announces new senior associate

10:53PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Optus Innov8, a start-up accelerator program, has appointed Humphrey Laubscher to be a senior associate on their management team.

Handle the pressure like a Hawk

9:18PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you don’t follow the footy, there’s a valuable business lesson to be had from Hawthorn’s victory in the AFL grand final on Saturday.

Army of apps for good including asylum seeker myth-busting app launched at Sydney hackathon

9:46PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Over 80 developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney for a 48-hour hackathon last weekend to launch apps for charities and care organisations.

If your company is nosediving, don’t buy a private jet!

9:28PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Occasionally, when you read a business news website, you’ll spot something that really makes you shake your head. A prime example is BlackBerry deciding, amidst its current troubles, to buy a new private jet.

Want to launch your start-up in Brazil? New incubation program offering $US35,000

9:56PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Founders can now launch their start-ups in one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, with an incubation program launched in Minas Gerais in Brazil offering a one-year visa and access to coworking space, mentoring and education, and $US35,000 in seed capital.

Hawthorn versus Fremantle: Six small business lessons from the 2013 AFL grand final

9:16PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, after a long season, it’s finally here. Hawthorn plays Fremantle in the AFL grand final this Saturday. Old Taskmaster has distilled six key lessons for your business.