Business ideas


The cost of ideas

7:42PM | Friday, 29 July 2011 |  “Anyone can have an idea, it's all in the execution” certainly rings true for many budding start-ups. BY NED DWYER.

Mapping the Eureka moment

7:12PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 |  This week's best of the web features tips on idea generation, a business incubator for teens and the reason why you shouldn't have a job title.


7:35PM | Wednesday, 6 July 2011 |  Robbie Rankin and Adam Trouncer have launched a group buying site with a difference – rather than offering indulgent treats such as restaurant meals or massages they sell cars.

Failure to launch

7:52PM | Monday, 4 July 2011 |  Failure. It’s the thing that entrepreneurs fear the most, a perennial threat to livelihood that lurks in the background of every decision and wrong turn.

Do I have to quit my full-time job to make my new online venture a success?

7:38AM | Friday, 1 July 2011 |  I am considering starting an online company, but I am currently in a well-paying job. Is it possible to do both, or would I lack the commitment to make my business work?

Picasso Media Group

6:34PM | Wednesday, 29 June 2011 |  When Nicole Hammett’s role became too onerous, she enlisted her husband to take a big leap of faith and launch her second start-up, Picasso Media Group.

Should I choose to buy an Australian or overseas-owned franchise?

6:56PM | Friday, 24 June 2011 |  The most important thing to consider when assessing a franchise from overseas is whether the franchise is being operated from Australia or not.

Wimdu gains $90m investment just 100 days after launch

6:46PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 |  Wimdu, a business that has been dubbed ‘the world’s largest start-up’, has received $90 million in funding just months after it was created.

Gilmore exits AIC with sobering assessment for start-ups

6:00AM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 |  Rowan Gilmore has quit his post as the chief executive of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation, admitting that conditions for start-ups haven’t greatly improved during his tenure.

6:28PM | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 |  Last week, business partners Don Takaya and Ian Cumming launched StartupSmart spoke to Don about the challenges of entering the online flight fares market.