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Not all advice is equal

If you wanted to send a rocket to the international space station, would you listen to your cousin John when he said there’s no way that you should use that kind of fuel, because he used it in his car once and the car blew up? So why do people do this every day in their businesses?

A serene pod office for your back yard

It might look like something out of Lord of the Rings, but the UK-designed Archipod contains all the modern comforts of a compact office, transplanted into the sanctuary of your back yard.

T-shirt/Clothes painting franchise (SMART 100)

I've exhibited three times as an 'on the wall' artist, and had the thought, "Hhmmmm... what if I bring art onto the streets of Melbourne and start painting clothes? What if... people were the sculpture, and clothes were the canvas?"

The next person who says the R word is getting slapped

This is the greatest time in history and a large portion of the business world seems to be off somewhere missing it, with their heads in the sand. Stop it. Get on board, embrace the economic climate and celebrate the opportunities around you!

SMART 100 Mavens 2010

So, who were these 'intense gatherers of information and impressions'? Who were these people described as among 'the first to pick up on new or nascent trends and share them'? Introducing our maven judges for 2010.

Want To Spend The Day With Some of Australia’s Best Online Retail Gurus? [EVENT...

When: 11 October 2012 9am Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of an online business guru? Learn the secrets and Guerilla Tactics used to...

Would your business benefit from a government grant?

During this evening networking event, attendees will learn from successful Australian business builders who have "been there, done that" and employed grant assistance as an instrumental part of their ongoing commercial success.

24-hour podcast people

It’s tough to change the world from inside a middle-management corporate cubicle. So Cameron Reilly dropped out and tuned in, creating the world’s first podcast network. Having turned down venture funding, the only thing that Reilly wants to lend is your ears.

Need startup office space? Share the Anthill digs!

Anthill has recently uprooted and moved into bigger digs. We have office space available at dirt-cheap rates for small business owners and startups. It's a serviced office arrangement with edge. It's an incubator without the need to give up equity. It's a new home, on highly flexible terms to launch and grow your new venture.

There's never been a safer time to live on the planet

The world is living through an unprecedented phenomenon, the decline of War, according to Edward Luttwak, former advisor to the White House Chief of Staff, who will be one of 35 speakers Melbourne this September for the inaugural Creative Innovation 2010 conference.

30under30 – The winners (part 6)

Meet Australia's top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 * The following profiles are not ranked. Tobi Skovron Age: 27 Location: Victoria Company/Role: co-founder Pup-Pee Solutions

The Key to Successful Property Investment

Sponsored Message: Go where other property investors only dream of. Successful property investment is about making the right choices. The John Hopkins Group have been helping people like you make the right decisions for 30 years. Our FREE three hour Property Education Tour will teach you the secrets of successful property investment.

Australian companies’ payment behaviour reveals unnerving pattern: Is our economy really recovering?

According to the latest trade payments analysis by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the payment terms of Australian firms have risen for the third consecutive quarter.

Continuous Mobile Mapping 3D (CMM-3D) (SMART 100)

A research team custom-built a 3D laser range sensor for mapping the environment from a moving vehicle. The research group had previous experience with 2D laser mapping and positioning, and when extending their work to three dimensions was required to overcome a number of challenges. Most significantly, acquiring a full 3D scan takes much longer than a 2D scan, and therefore the data is susceptible to distortions due to the vehicle's motion. A software solution was developed and tested with the sensor mounted on a Bobcat driven around our research facility.

Not so ‘Mini’ when it comes to advertising…

For a small car, the Mini packs a big punch: particularly when it comes to its global advertising campaigns.

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30under30 – The winners (part 2)

Meet Australia's top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 * The following profiles are not ranked. Robert Castaneda Age: 28 Location: New South Wales Company/Role: CustomWare According to Robert...

Letter from China | China, one scoop at a time

Shanghai. You would think that in China - with its growing power base, its population of more than 1.4bn people and its status as a...

Atlassian Starter Licenses (SMART 100)

Causium...The new freemium Australian software maker, Atlassian, has pioneered a new customer acquisition strategy called Causium that merges cause marketing with the popular freemium business model. Instead of giving away a teaser product, Atlassian charges a nominal fee of $10 for its starter 10 user licenses and then donates all the proceeds to charity. The results have been an astounding win-win-win for all parties. Over 14,000 customers now have software that they couldn't previously afford, Atlassian has earned over $2M in upsell revenue and Atlassian's selected charity, Room to Read has received over $500,000 for literacy programs in developing nations.

Papyrus Australia (SMART 100)

Papyrus Australia founder Ramy Azer previously sold traditional papyrus in Europe and realised the demand for this environmentally-friendly paper was greater than supply. After completing a Mechanical Engineering degree in SA, Azer investigated alternative fibre resources readily available in Australia and various manufacturing processes. Following a detailed research and selection process, banana trunks were identified as an ideal choice. Papyrus’ pilot plant was established in Lonsdale, South Australia in April 2007. In February 2008, Papyrus established its first commercial manufacturing facility at Walkamin in Far North Queensland. In November 2009, Papyrus successfully began continuous production of its banana fibre products.

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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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