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Bankruptcy: The B Word

If there is one word that scares entrepreneurs and businesspeople alike, it's the "B" word - bankruptcy. For the individual concerned, it means the loss...

Ant Bytes — AA22

BACK-ISSUE BULL-ANTS Web 2.0 pay day   You might remember our coverage in issue 19 (Dec’06/Jan’07) of Australian web entrepreneurs Nick McNaughton and Yorke Hinds, whose...

Crazy inventions: Chindogu

It's time to reach beyond the wayward solitary invention of a wayward solitary inventor to embrace an entire conceptual school of wayward invention: the artful Japanese science of Chindogu.

Bowling over your bank manager

Banks are in the game of lending money, so why do we often get hit for six when seeking finance and how can you...

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

Private equity and the death of the public company

"I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL!" It was once the apogee of commercial success. But now, many Australian business owners are challenging the notion that...

IP litigation

You might be feeling pretty good about yourself because you've secured your intellectual property. But the reality is, a patent or trademark is not...

Dr Bill Miller – Silicon Valley legend

At the age of 81, Dr Bill Miller has spent much of his career inside the ever-evolving success story that is Silicon Valley. He...

Solo-operable seesaw

Inventors are lone wolf types, too often misunderstood and under-appreciated. So is it any wonder that their inventions sometimes reflect their sense of isolation and defiant self-reliance? It speaks to the credo: ingenuity conquers all (love is overrated).

Counterfeiting – a global problem

Counterfeiting is rife in Australia and many people who would consider themselves law-abiding are involved. We're not talking counterfeit currency here, but the manufacturing, importation...

Sun towel mask

Illustration: Sam Griffin BI-GOODNESS is a bi-monthly column dedicated to the quirky, generally funny and often dangerously impractical inventions and business concepts that occasionally come...

Ant Bytes — AA20

INTRODUCING THE LATEST CRIME-FIGHTING SUPERHERO: ONLINE VIDEO The rise of YouTube and other online video sites has provided police and crime victims with a powerful...

Intellectual property

If you're like most people, you've probably already had that world-changing idea, but never acted on it. If your company is like most others,...

Man on a mission

Peng Choo has a dream. He dreams that one day soon, almost anyone (even school children) will be able to program microchips. But this...

Victorian Technology Profiles Dec/Jan 06/07

With much of Australia in the grip of the most serious drought in modern memory, technology promoting the efficient consumption of our most essential resource is most welcome. A key part of any water management strategy includes a precise and consistent method of monitoring water consumption.

Grooming your business for exit

Pointers for maximising value when selling your business Getting the best price when selling your company is a little like selling a property or vehicle...

Legal: Getting your business IPO ready

A thorough legal clean up of the company several months in advance of going to market removes the risk of having your dirty laundry...

Innovation: Disruption in the first degree

"Innovation" is a woolly beast. It has many disguises and aliases. To get face-to-face and down and dirty with innovation is no mean feat.

Book reviews

James Tuckerman reviews THE GOOGLE STORY and HOW TO TURN YOUR MILLION-DOLLAR IDEA INTO A REALITY

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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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