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In 2009, were you a proactive, experimental future leader or a reactive, butt-covering also-ran?

If there is one good thing that came from this year's commercial carnage, it's the liberating affect the economic downturn had on our collective ability, as entrepreneurs, to speak openly.

Anthill’s SMART 100: Winners Revealed (2012)

In true Anthillian style, the SMART 100 is an ever-evolving, ever-improving experiment. Designed to encourage, promote and support innovation in Australia, it identifies and ranks new Australian innovations by applying a combination of crowdsourcing, collaboration and common-sense. Who are this year's SMART 100?

Want to become an outsourcing extremist? Learn how to replace yourself using geo-arbitrage.

With the economy in its current state and the US dollar near parity, geo-arbitrage opportunities abound. Combine that with the power of cloud based technologies and tools, like DropBox, ScreenSteps, Dictamous and Screenflow, and it has suddenly become far easier than any time in history to employ and manage skilled staff and freelancers from all corners of the globe.

The latest hot trend in social media: leaving it

It is perhaps inevitable then that the rise of social media has been accompanied by a counter-trend towards users abandoning it. Last year, when Twitter was the hot breakout platform, research revealed that 60% of Twitter users quit within the first month. Of course, that group was dominated by tyre-kickers, but it serves to demonstrate that people will only commit time to activities they think will return them a net benefit over time.

Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: Dealing with rejection

Oodles.com founder Steve Sherlock has set himself the goal of raising a multimillion dollar Series A funding round by the end of January 2010. He is documenting his trials and tribulations and seeking feedback from readers on AnthillOnline.com. This is the third post in his series.

Are successful entrepreneurs born or created?

Out of every one hundred new businesses founded today, in ten years time only three will still be open for business. So what do those three have in common? And is nature or nurture responsible for entrepreneurial success? Christopher Witt wonders.

Startup Tasmania: Tassie’s take on Obama’s Startup America

As the rest of Australia contemplates a Startup strategy like Start-Up America, Tasmania has quietly been running its own show since 2009. “Tasmanian companies have the great advantage in the nimbleness of the size of the state. Competitors are more often friends and collaborators, State and Commonwealth agencies are open and accessible, and angels are often only a couple of degrees of separation away,” says co-organiser of Startup Tasmania Dr Polly McGee.

10 sensible tips for business success in 2010

The New Year is a great time to take stock and prepare your business to gear up for a new operating environment. Westpac’s Sian Lewis provides the following New Year’s resolutions to kick-start your business for the year ahead…

Anthill's Top 100 Most Read Posts for 2009… so far

Given that Anthill turns six today (Yay!), we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our evolving 'dedication to digital' than by publishing the Top 100 Most Read Articles since the beginning of the year (Yes, this is what got you clicking in 2009).

Peepoo: Solving the developing world's messy toilet problem

According to a report in the New York Times, Swedish entrepreneur Anders Wilhelmson has developed and tested a biodegradable plastic bag that acts as a single-use toilet for urban slums in the developing world. The Peepoo can be buried after use, where a layer of urea crystals kills off pathogens that produce disease and converts the waste into fertilizer.

Hidden Pizza Restaurant reveals not-so-hidden flaws in Yellow Pages’ digital strategy

What Yellow Pages has done with this campaign is spend (undoubtedly) an enormous amount of money reminding you that it exists. In the process, it may have also unwittingly demonstrated the strengths of its competition.

Anthill’s 5OVER50 revealed! (2010)

Unlike most award programs recognising the achievements of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs, we didn't want the 5over50 to simply provide another round of accolades for the same small set of already well-known industry leaders. Our inaugural 50ver50 winners are five inspiring people who have uprooted their lives to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, out of both passion and necessity.

Nikki Durkin of 99dresses talks about the challenge of sudden success

Nikki Durkin and her 99dresses enterprise have been one of the signature stories among Australian startups over the past year. In this interview with StartCast, Durkin offers insight into how she developed her company out of a simple question on a Facebook page.

A formal response to our rabble rousing from Senator Carr’s office

Following our recent series of articles on innovation in Australia (our Australia Day series), we received the following note from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia’s Innovation Minister. We were expecting a dressing down. Here's what we got instead.

The future of finance

As a new generation of Gordon Gekko's fry under the blowtorch of angry shareholders and world leaders brace themselves for the bill from mass bailouts, it's easy to answer the question, "What is the future of finance?" by simply asking another: "Is there a future for finance?"

Cool Company Awards Deadline Extended One Week!

We've heard your requests (your pleas, your demands) and extended the deadline of Anthill's 2009 Cool Company Awards by one week! That means, you...

The 7 principles of a successful restructure

Chances are, you’ve had to make some changes to your company’s internal structure in response to the economic downturn and in preparation for the slow recovery that appears to be underway. As with everything in business, restructures can be done well and they can be done poorly. Here are seven principles to help you avoid unnecessary complication.

Are business consultants a bunch of frauds?

Earlier this week one of my clients exposed to me that she felt like a fraud as a business consultant. She can’t be the only one. Right?! If you’ve never felt like a fraud then don’t even bother reading the rest of this article.

Gruen Transfer ad wins Greens’ endorsement

This week, the satirical commentary program rose even higher in our approval ratings when it unintentionally became a serious, political production house for the Greens when this 'fake' TV spot was aired on Wednesday night. Regular Gruen panelist Leo Burnett CEO Todd Sampson said on the program to its creators from Sydney agency Republic of Everyone, "It's the best ad The Greens have ever done. I'm sure you'll get a phone call". And they did.

Got a good story to tell? How a compelling story can change the world

Australians, as a people and a corporate community, are generous. In times of need, we give. We give locally, we give nationally and internationally. Yet one company, The Royals, a Melbourne-based creative agency, wanted to do more than just make a financial contribution to their charities of choice.



The Gaddie Pitch in three simple sentences with Antony Gaddie and...

The personal elevator pitch is an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s utility belt. Your pitch is also essential for success on the web, for placement on landing pages, in emails and blogs. The medium might change but rarely will the structure of an effective pitch. Antony Gaddie is the creator of “the Gaddie Pitch,” an internationally-renowned set of tactics designed to help business owners deliver an effective elevator pitch, time and time again.


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...