Aussie in the Big Apple

Aussie in the Big Apple
Michael Giles is the founder/CEO of Roboinvest, a tech start-up.  Michael, an Australian, is based in New York. He tweets @harland.

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Knocking down business walls in China

After Rod Shepperd came up with the EcoSwitch, he tried finding a manufacturer for it. However, he soon discovered doing business in China can pose some unforeseen challenges. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.


When the taxman comes knocking

For many businesspeople, nothing is scarier than a visit from the taxman. However, knowing what to expect and how to best manage an audit will make it less of a worry. BY GREG HAYES.


Chasing the ‘pink dollar’

There is big money for small businesses in the burgeoning ‘pink dollar’ market. But how do you best market to segments of society such as the gay community? Here are some top tips. BY MATTY SOCCIO.


Buying a business – is it for you?

Before you take the plunge and take over someone else's business, you need to do your due diligence on what’s right for you. Here are the five key steps you need to take. BY OLIVER MILMAN.


Five key reasons why start-ups fail

Roughly one in three Australian start-ups collapse after their second year, with only half making it to year five. Here are five common reasons why new businesses fail. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Going Solo

How soloists can fire up LinkedIn for their businesses
Make sure people know about your many talents when you are developing your social media profile. BY LINNET HUNTER.

Start-up Profiles

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Online retail with a sporting chance of success

Since launching sporting goods retailer in 2011, Matt Brodie and Andrew Kidd have partnered with Virgin, secured sponsorship from Visa and sat on the board of a major industry body.

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Charge your phone in the great outdoors

There’s nothing quite as traditional and rustic as a campfire in the great outdoors. Now, thanks to a new invention, there’s no better way to charge your new smartphone either.


Australian band Eskimo Joe is using Pozible to fund its next album, with the aim of raising $40,000 via the online crowdfunding platform.
A Melbourne entrepreneur has produced a national television program titled Money and Your Life, which enlists the help of experts to help families and businesses improve their finances.
Social ideas dominate a list of Europe’s top 10 up-and-coming start-ups, including a “social sound platform” and an app to help users find like-minded people while out and about.
Melbourne-based business Moneytribe has taken its total funding pool to more than half a million dollars after raising a further seed investment of $250,000 from current investors.
Sydney-based start-up biNu has snagged $4.3 million from investors including 500 Startups, having already received funds from Google’s Eric Schmidt and Seek co-founder Paul Bassat.


It’s weekend market time
A quiet weekend? That's lazy talk! Instead, it's time to give your business a community-spirited boost.

Tech Tricks

Close specific tabs that are giving you trouble
Is there a tab in Chrome that's giving you trouble? If so, here's how to get rid of it.


Robert Krigsman

Is tax compliance as frightening for start-ups as some make out?

Regulatory and tax compliance becomes significantly less stressful if you find the right bookkeeper, accountant and accounting software.


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Rags to riches to rags again?

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.


Rags to riches to rags again?

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