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Cool Company Awards, 2009 – Nominations Open!

It's on again. Over coming weeks, we'll be scouring the nation for Australia's coolest companies. It's the first stage in Australia's most innovative business awards program - The Nomination Phase.

The 10 best strategic business slides of all time: #8 — The Sales Funnel

Anyone in sales will tell you it’s a process -- and they are dead right. But what is that process? Enter the Sales Funnel, another of my favourite slides.

Smart 100 nominations are now open!

Calling all innovators. This is your chance to nominate an Australian made product or service and showcase an innovation that Australian business builders simply need to hear about. Promote the spoils of your own toils or put one of your clients under the spotlight. This is your chance to refine your message and get exposure.

The Facts and Falsehoods of Commercialisation Australia: Six myths exposed

The Commercialisation Australia program, the successor to the Government's COMET scheme, has proved a boon to many but a bane to others. Inevitably it was going to have a few teething problems. As with any new incentive program, it can involve navigating the industry-specific details to work out whether it's right for your business. Here, Adrian Spencer explains the pros and cons that the grant can have for the technology sector.

Web apps for dates, dress-ups and deal hunters: a look at the latest Sydney...

Five young entrepreneurs walk into a room. None of them have ever met before. They have 24 hours to brainstorm, design, program and implement a unique web application or business – and then introduce it to the world. It’s no joke. It’s the formula that defined the latest Sydney StartupCamp. Not much sleep was had, but in the end each group’s perseverance paid off: the ten participating teams now represent ten brand new businesses.

The 9 greatest online threats to watch out for in 2011 [IMPORTANT READING]

Some of the most popular gadgets and services from 2010, like Google's Android and Google TV, and Apple's iPhone and Mac OS X platform, are predicted to be major targets for cyberattacks this year. McAfee and its researchers also predict acts of "hacktivism" to be more common, as more groups commit politically motivated cyberattacks like those of Wikileaks.

Australia as a brand. It ranks fifth in the world. After New Zealand!?

According to the 2011 edition of the Country Brand Index, Australia is the fifth most powerful country brand in the world, following Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand and Japan and ranking above countries such as the United States, France and Italy. The report also shows that the general opinion is that Australia is good for business, ranking 4th on the list of the countries with the best investment climate.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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