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Why I gave Anthill’s Readers’ Choice Award to Scott Handsaker of Eventarc… with ‘smashing’...

Last week, I caused an online ruckus by questioning whether Cool Company Finalist LeadBolt should be named our 2011 Cool Company Awards Readers’ Choice winner. LeadBolt totally annihilated the competition – because its business model is based on triggering online actions, such as Facebook Likes. Starlettos, the first runner-up, had courted reader praise and social media reactions the old fashioned way – by rallying their mates. So, who should get the award? Short-cutting LeadBolt or hard-working Starlettos? The results were smashing.

This is why we are slightly embarrassed about our new website (and proud of...

This week, Anthill has undergone a massive facelift, along with the addition of a whole bunch of new features. And we're slightly embarrassed about it. Here's why.

“Specialization is for insects”: The must-have talents of a multifaceted startup founder [INFOGRAPHIC]

Scott Handsaker makes the case for the versatile entrepreneur who exhibits traits that are by turns unorthodox, reckless and practical: "Hire A players, Replace B players"; "Tell an investor they have lost all their money"; "Act alone; Fail gallantly". How many of these do you find yourself capable of doing?

AngelCube prepares to give a big boost to Melbourne early stage startups

A group of experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors are rolling out a seed fund and incubator aimed at early stage startups in the Melbourne area. The venture, called AngelCube, is the first of its kind for Melbourne in recent memory.

Marketing 3.0: How new media leaders are opening their APIs to third party developers...

Opening up your API to approved third parties can have huge benefits for your brand. Just ask Twitter – they built much of their early success off the backs of their external developer community.

Six lessons from a collective buying newbie (what we got right, what we got...

On Friday 25 February, Anthill launched a group buying website for bsuiness owners, called Antmart. We promised, at the time, to share what worked... and what didn't. At this early stage in the site's development, our attention has largely been on aspects that didn't work. Here are six lessons from our first week.

Anthill launches its own group buying ‘deals’ website… Antmart!

Last Friday, with great excitement (coupled with a small amount of nervousness and a hint of embarrassment), we were finally able to unveil Antmart -- Anthill's take on the 'group buying' model. In summary, it's a group buying website (sometimes also known as a 'collective buying' or 'daily deals' site) developed specifically for business builders.

Eventarc raises some cool funding from Domenic Carosa’s FCDF

Founded by web-developers Scott Handsaker and Andrew Edwards in November 2009, Eventarc has turned over AUS$4million in transactions in the past 13 months. That's approximately $300,000 per month. Becoming quickly revenue positive has proven to be an important factor when picking investments for the Future Capital Development Fund (FCDF), according to Domenic Carosa.

Remarkable mashup video pits pro athletes against average man in 40 yard dash

How would the average man fair in a 40-yard foot race against professional NFL players? This remarkable multi-layered video reveals the startling reality.

How we stood out on a tiny budget at the SXSW Trade Show

Over 400 vendors all competing for attention, all selling their wares. Each have spent tens of thousands of dollars on their booth to make them look professional and successful.

Why we’re STILL embarrassed about our new site (and STILL proud of it)

The site might not be the polished pearl just yet and some of the links might initially seem underpopulated. But don't bother asking, "When will the site be finished?" Because the simple answer is, "Never!" Instead, keep the suggestions coming in. If you find a dead link or something just plain weird, let us know.

Why we're STILL embarrassed about our new site (and STILL proud of it)

The site might not be the polished pearl just yet and some of the links might initially seem underpopulated. But don't bother asking, "When will the site be finished?" Because the simple answer is, "Never!" Instead, keep the suggestions coming in. If you find a dead link or something just plain weird, let us know.

When you tweet, do you combine personal with business?

If you are serious about building your business, you need to have a twitter account. Use it to build a following, engage in conversation, expand your reach, update your customers, make an offer or just simply float out an idle thought or two. There is however one question which remains up in the air: Do you mix personal and business under a single account?

Why we're embarrassed about our new website (and proud of it!)

In mid-2008, we wrote about a clever Australian company called TrickyTix on the topic of Product Development. TrickyTix CEO Scott Handsaker provided us with the...

Why we’re embarrassed about our new website (and proud of it!)

In mid-2008, we wrote about a clever Australian company called TrickyTix on the topic of Product Development. TrickyTix CEO Scott Handsaker provided us with the...

The 168 steps to starting a business (Part I)

We decided to list 168 steps (for want of a better random number). Of course, coming up with 168 steps is even harder than writing them, so we called on our trusty readers via the Anthill blog, in what has since been described as an experiment in Magazine 2.0 (reader-generated print content).

Ant Bytes — AA24

CREATIVE ESPRESSO By Stephen Sammartino Click image to enlarge. ************* ANT BYTES Facebook costing Australia $5b There was a time when, if someone was huddled over...

DIARY OF A START-UP (TRICKY TIX)

DIARY OF A START-UP www.TrickyTix.com.au A little while back, a young Melbourne businessman by the name of Scott Handsaker contacted us with an intriguing offer....

Ant Bytes — AA23

QUOTE "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte       *************       CREATIVE ESPRESSO By Stephen Sammartino   Click image...

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Five essential things to get right if you want to raise...

So you’ve got a brilliant idea, or maybe you’ve even started building your nascent business, but you think it might help to bring on some extra money. You try to raise the money, but wherever you go it seems there are roadblocks and challenges, and it’s difficult to know where to start. To help tackle this tricky tropic, we interviewed Bryan Vadas. He’s the founder of iPledg (Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform for creative, commercial, charitable and community projects) and Capital Exchange Australia (an education and funding platform for startups).

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Strategic Alliances with Simone Novello [FREE INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you heard the often touted claim that the average lifespan of a business is two years? Have you ever wondered why that is? Often, it’s because, in the rush and intensity of starting up, business owners get caught up in day-to-day op-erations and overlook fast growth opportunities, like strategic partnerships. In this FREE INFOGRAPHIC, Simone Novello helps to answer your three most common questions about how to harness the power of... FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.

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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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