Business planning


Labor flags additional patent protection for innovators

11:10PM | Thursday, 24 November 2011 |  Providing patent protection for innovators and researchers, while ensuring reasonable access to new technologies, are among the key aims to come out of reports into Australia’s patent system.

App developers plagued by piracy, poor cashflow

11:37PM | Thursday, 24 November 2011 |  Australian app developers are plagued by poor cashflow, piracy issues and lengthy turnaround times, according to development firm Shifty Jelly, publisher of various popular apps.

10 quick-fire start-ups

11:05PM | Thursday, 24 November 2011 |  Starting a business used to be a rather drawn out affair. With all the planning and fund raising involved, it would be unthinkable that you could launch a company within a week. That has all changed.

Come out swinging in 2012

11:27PM | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  No matter how flat out you are in the lead-up to Christmas, you need to give next year some thought before switching off the lights on 2011. BY JASON ROSE.

Google chief urges retailers to fire up Christmas online marketing by December 4

11:05PM | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  Retailers should have their online Christmas campaigns ready for December 4, when the window for international online retailers shipping to Australia starts to close and searches for local retailers kick in, according to Google's retail chief.

International program targets fashion start-ups as couture segment struggles

11:47PM | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  Australian fashion start-ups are being encouraged to apply for a new mentorship program, which includes internships at major fashion houses and access to the most prestigious industry events.

Not just a city of churches

11:00PM | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 |  Adelaide’s reputation as a rather slow-paced city notable only for its churches is increasingly at odds with a start-up scene that is beginning to gather pace.

Retail sales record 25-month high ahead of Christmas

11:52PM | Friday, 18 November 2011 |  October was the best month for retailers in 25 months, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, suggesting Christmas sales may not be as dismal as initially thought.

Verizon identifies top tech trends for 2012

11:33PM | Friday, 18 November 2011 |  Global tech company Verizon has unveiled its top 10 technology trends for 2012, with a renewed focus on improving connections between people, equipment and their environments.

Mixed business success for Google+ pages

11:18PM | Thursday, 17 November 2011 |  More than 60% of the world’s top 100 brands have already created Google+ pages, according to US-based SEO firm BrightEdge, but the pages appear to be having little impact on consumers.