Business planning



When is the best time to rebrand your business? Probably not Monday

7:35PM | Friday, 12 July 2013 | Bella Katz

One Monday morning, a major international firm chose to rebrand itself as “Monday”. Here’s why the new name didn’t make it to Tuesday.


7:00AM | Friday, 12 July 2013 | StartupSmart

For every successful start-up there are many that have crashed and burned. But rather than treat failure as a taboo topic, many leaders in the start-up community say it should be embraced as a valuable learning experience.

Creative start-up community needs to learn investor speak

7:39PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | Rose Powell

The chief executive of technology business incubator ATP Innovations, Hamish Hawthorn, says art and design based start-ups are increasingly important in the start-up scene, but face unique challenges.

Local finance tech start-up space booming but must be trend aware

7:46PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Rose Powell

An upcoming meet-up of financial technologies start-ups in Sydney will provide an opportunity for start-up operators working in the space to come together and discuss the unique challenges of the large financial services industry.

How to handle the emotional rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur

7:45PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

As an entrepreneur, sometimes it feels as if you are getting kicked in the guts from every angle! But with experience comes a measure of stability.

Six Australian companies have begun listing on international start-up stock exchange

7:39PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Rose Powell

The SSX is yet to release information about investors and available funds, but chief executive Ian Haet says they’re confident of developing a wide range of investors.

Cloud tech company opens competition for Silicon Valley start-up trip

7:00PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Cloud technology company Rackspace has this week launched a competition to take an Australian or New Zealand start-up to Silicon Valley for a two-week investment trip.

Start-ups work less, earn more and set for growth in the coming year: Survey

7:57PM | Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Businesses less than two years old saw better revenue growth and greater confidence than more established small businesses, according to a survey.

Strategic planning key to improving small business sales and employment trends

7:00PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Rose Powell

More Australian small and medium businesses increased their employment and capital expenditure in the June quarter than in the previous quarter despite falling confidence, sales and profitability, the latest Sensis Business Index has found.

How to reduce your payment terms

7:34AM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Nina Hendy

Start-ups are waiting 90 days or even longer for debtors to pay. Here’s how you can negotiate better terms.

Melbourne University announces accelerator program intake, calls for unis to do more for start-ups

7:49PM | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 | Rose Powell

A robotic arm maker, colour-matching database and a neurological medical devise start-up are among six start-ups to join the Melbourne Accelerator Program.

Watch your language

7:32PM | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 | Walid El-Khoury

Do you want to know the surest way to get what you want in business? Then watch your language.

Rudd redux tipped to put innovation policy back on the road

6:18PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Andrew Crook

Kevin Rudd’s new cabinet, to be sworn in on Monday, could return innovation to the centre of government and form a key election pitch as loyal supporters of the new prime minister return to the frontbench.

What goes on inside a start-up entrepreneur's mind?

6:49PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Come deep inside the mind of an entrepreneur. Who knows what you might find...

Bigcolors to launch new “stock exchange” for start-ups

6:11PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian start-ups seeking funding will soon have a potential new source of capital as a Hong Kong-based angel investment firm prepares to launch a start-up “stock exchange”.

It’s time to get “good crazy”: Top five tips for start-ups from incoming NICTA new ventures director Andrew Stead

6:10PM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneurial dynamo Andrew Stead has been named director of new ventures for information technology research centre National ICT Australia (NICTA) and given StartupSmart his top five tips for start-ups.

World-leading Startup Engineering course now available online and free

6:20PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneurs plotting a technology start-up can now learn from the very best the world has to offer, online and for free.

Small businesses not ready at tax time and struggle with excessive legislation, accountants say

6:39PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | Rose Powell

According to research by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and accounting software firm MYOB, 98% say their clients were not fully prepared for when they submit their end of financial year statements.

Global start-up leadership course opens applications for Australian program

6:18PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Applications are now open for the Startup Leadership Program, a global, founder-focused development course for start-ups across all sectors.

GoCatch founders tell: How to disrupt an industry and get your app to go viral

6:06PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Ad campaigns against your brand and government lobbying. As Ned Moorfield and Andrew Campbell discovered, this is what the response to really disrupting an industry can look like.