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I have worked in high-pressure sales, been a wreck-diver in the bay of Thailand, completed a PhD in Philosophy, lectured in sports theory and coached elite field hockey. Now, I work as a freelance writer and opinion-giver, and run my own yoga studio and retreat business. My wife and I have also just opened a vegan cafe and developed an animal-friendly olive oil-based skin care range, which will be online shortly. We live between the mountains and the semi-arid desert, in a place which time (but luckily not telecom companies) has forgotten.

Are You Lazy Enough? The Value of the Lazy Employee

Gruen Planet regular Dan Gregory and behavioural researcher Kieran Flanagan have written a book about laziness. Specifically, the value of the lazy employee. If...

A Sleeping Duck Mattress will help you sleep like a baby…erm…duck

Melbourne entrepreneurs and former engineering students Winston Wijeyeratne and Selvam Sinnappan founded online mattress company Sleeping Duck earlier this year, which has seen impressive growth since its...

Hi Def or Death: OpenLIVE to bring High Quality Music to the Download Market

In a nutshell, OpenLIVE is about better music. Based on ‘a-la-carte’ downloads (pay per purchase and own the track) OpenLIVE aims are twofold: first,...

Fancy writing the next bestseller? DIY publishing site Tablo needs you (and me)

Where to, for real pages? Talk to ten writers about the future of books in the digital age, and you’re bound to get ten different...

Freelancing pays big: New study finds 3.7 million Australians now freelance

Ask me about freelancing. I’m a freelancer, and you’re reading these words because of Elance, the company this article is about. Yup, Anthill found...

Oculus Rift provides a view into the future

Have you seen The Lawnmower Man? If you haven’t, don’t. It’s enough to make you laugh off the idea of virtual reality all together....

Quick, Easy and Super Green: Aussie Startup Pioneers Electronic School Forms

If you’ve got kids in school, you know how many irritating little pieces of paper there are to fill out, on an almost daily...

Getting Internationally Mobile, On Your Mobile

Performance advertising technology company Criteo recently revealed its Travel Flash Report. The report highlights the increased use of mobile devices in consumer travel planning...

Five mistakes to avoid when starting a business

Over half a million Australians are involved in the early stages of setting up a business. You’re probably one of them! With over 25 years...

The Art of Marketing: Strategy and Tactics From a Master Marketer

Gerrit Walters of Sydney’s Monsterful Marketing and Advertising might have been Leonidas, if the Spartans were in advertising. “The word strategy comes from the...

Take control of your personal brand with social check

Admit it: you’re a bit of a cyber-stalker. You Google people. You research what others say about them, and you see who their friends...

Their Houzz, your Home: World’s leading home renovation and design site opens its doors...

You want to redo your barbie deck, and the wife wants a new kitchen. How on earth are you going to figure out the...

Unmanned drones delivering parcels to your door (It’s just around the corner. Really)[VIDEO]

Flirtey is one of the world's first unmanned aerial vehicle delivery companies. Based out of Sydney but now relocating to Reno following a strategic...

Website website on the screen, who’s the fairest of them all (and how to...

Website schmebsite... Global crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd.com recently surveyed 300 businesses from around the world and found that 84% of respondents would be deterred from using...

Why Startups are going to change the world [Infographic]

You may have heard of Tesla Motors, but have you heard of SpaceX, OculusVR or Rethink Robotics? No? Like the electric car pioneer, they...

99 bottles of beer on the wall, I mean in the post with one...

Your BeerBud in the beer boom Australia is in the midst of a craft beer boom, with over a million people switching from mainstream brands,...

A Purple Cow helps an Orange Robot get to the market (this isn’t a...

Of Purple Cows and Orange Robots Brenton O’Brien, CEO of robotics manufacturer Microbric, has been developing robots for use by teachers and hobbyists (with moderate...

Become essential: Five ways to stake your place in your customer’s Little Black Book

Trust and necessity. Two simple words, but together they form the mantra all suppliers want their customers to chant (preferably in their direction). Becoming...

Stressed and depressed: The harsh realities of starting a business

You had a dream, you saw a gap, and you had the balls to go for it. But even though you’re working yourself silly,...

From a boss, like a boss: Boss Camp Adelaide educates young entrepreneurs

Admit it: You’d love to walk down the street shouting ‘I gotta business - like a Boss!’ à la the Lonely Island. Okay, maybe that’s...

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