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Look after your backend

Who doesn’t want to be part of a fast-growing business? Rapid growth, however, can spell the downfall of your company if your backend operations are not in order.

What's your story? It's time to start telling it now [VIDEO]

So, what's your story? Oh yes, it's hilarious when people ask me that, in an attempt to make a play on my surname. No one has ever done that before. Ever. But really, what is your story? David E. Kelley has some simple, yet profound advice.

Feathered entrepreneurs: the fascinating world of crows [VIDEO]

At a cocktail party, Joshua Klein got into a conversation with a friend who wanted to eradicate crows from his garden. Klein thought there had to be a better way to solve this situation than just killing the crows. Then, the magic words that so many entrepreneurs love to hear, were spoken.

The first rule of business: embrace failure

The world of business, in my opinion, is complex yet basic, exciting yet exhausting. Often it presents problems and challenges that make us question our self belief and capabilities.

Putting the biscuit in the basket: 3 things every entrepreneur can learn from ice...

If you're a hockey fan, you already know what time of year it is. But, all this puck action got me thinking about what entrepreneurs can learn about hockey. Again, you may think I'm grasping at straws, but bear with me. There is a lot entrepreneurs can learn from hockey and the attitude of its players.

You are never too young to be an entrepreneur; the remarkable story of Caine’s...

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Nine-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building his own arcade in his dad's second-hand auto-parts store in the middle of a junkyard. With no budget, in perhaps the world’s least-likely location for a fun park, and with nothing but cardboard boxes and oodles of perseverance, Caine’s dream cardboard arcade became a reality – but sadly, no one came to play. This is his story.

Should we be encouraging teenagers to bootleg homebrew in their lunch breaks?

The only time I was ever grounded by my parents was in high school – my mother had discovered a wad of hundreds of dollars in cold hard cash in my top draw and had assumed what all mothers fear most: that I was developing an expensive heroin addiction in my spare time. Of course, my mother didn’t believe my excuse – that I was providing financial backing for my friend’s start-up ebay business; because everyone knows 15-year-old high-school students could not possibly start their own business. Right?

Do you have the stomach for the Entrepreneur Rollercoaster?

Strap in, fellow entrepreneurs. It's time to experience that harrowing, energizing thrill of trying to turn an idea into a business. Hope you didn't enjoy a heavy lunch. Surely there's a parallel between the entrepreneurial experience and going upside-down and inside-out? Sound familiar to anyone? Urp.

Submit your sustainability-related problem to Deakin University post graduate students

Deakin University is preparing a 5-day intensive workshop for its post graduate students, and if you're an entrepreneur they need your help. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their sustainability-related problem as a key challenge for a unique workshop. How does it work? A team of students will focus on your challenge while being mentored by professional leaders. They will develop of a solution and present it to a panel of judges who will award cash prizes.

Are you a successful business woman? Enter your accomplishments in the Eighth Annual...

The Eighth Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business invites successful women to have their accomplishments recognised on a global scale. The awards are judged by several leading women entrepreneurs, and winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in New York City in November.

What makes an entrepreneur? Ernst & Young takes a stab [REPORT: Nature or Nurture:...

According to Ernst & Young, there is no entrepreneur gene. However, many do possess certain characteristics that have proven vital to their success. For its report titled Nature or Nurture: Decoding the Entrepreneur, business advisory behemoth Ernst & Young surveyed 685 entrepreneurs from all over the world and interviewed winners of its Entrepreneur of the Year award.

What’s the difference between ‘initiative’ and ‘finishative’? Is this the personality trait that defines...

Initiative is the ability we all have to create, initiate projects and develop new ideas. Some people have great initiative and others have little.

How a group of 10 year-old entrepreneurs schooled me about business

I help out with an initiative called Club Kidpreneur. It's a fantastic organisation that teaches basic business skills to school kids aged eight to 10. The amazing thing about workshopping business ideas with children is their out-of-the-box thinking. When I became involved in Kidpreneur, I naturally expected that I would be sharing my wisdom. I never expected to be schooled by 10 year-olds.

Entrepreneur’s Night Out… It’s back! And Sydney, you’re first!

Building a business at any age can be a lonely undertaking. But entrepreneurs have it tougher than most. Friends and family often don’t understand the complexities of running a business… or the personal sacrifices that come with the job. This is a chance for Entrepreneurs to meet and learn from other business builders. Share a drink. Have a laugh. Gain insights from a panel of business builders.

Chill out, Red Bull: Australian unveils Esc, the anti-energy youth beverage [PODCAST]

The youth beverage market is filled with energy drinks designed to ward off sleep, promote bloodshot eyeballs and make your leg bounce uncontrollably. Young Australian entrepreneur Chad Yesilova had no intention of going there. He turned the idea on its head with Esc, the anti-energy drink. (Apparently, it includes 'weed' of some kind?)

TEENtrepreneurs need to build business ideas that ignite their imagination

Although much can be learnt from failed companies, most teenage entrepreneurs are just starting out, and it can be demoralising to have your very first company fizzle. That is why it is very important that you try to start a business that intrigues you or is in a rapidly changing industry. Here, 18-year-old Aonghus Stevens offers some advice to fellow under-20 business builders and aspiring teenpreneurs.

Honourable Mentions from 5over50 2010

They narrowly missed out on a place in the Top 5 but are still hot in our books. Introducing Anthill’s 2010 5over50 Honourable Mentions.

Nick Byrne, 30under30, Intrapreneur of the Year

They don't often feature in the 30under30 awards, but this young gun was impossible to ignore. Working within an existing organisation, he has exhibited the drive and vision required to expand the organisation's reach and put his personal stamp on the world. Meet Nick Byrne, Anthill's 30under30 Intrapreneur of the Year.

10 Honourable Mentions from the 30under30 Awards 2010

They narrowly missed out on a place in the Top 30 but are still hot in our books. Introducing Anthill’s 2010 30under30 Honourable Mentions.

Top 3 Real-Estate Renegades from 30under30 2010

Real-estate entrepreneurs have never featured strongly in the 30under30. In our opinions, entrepreneurship is not about personal wealth creation. It’s about the process of creation itself! This year, three real-estate entrepreneurs grabbed our attention, not because of the number of Torrens Titles stashed under their beds, but because each has built a business around the real-estate industry at a tender age.

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Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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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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