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“No entrepreneurs on new Commercialisation Australia board.” What about marketers?

A privately initiated discussion has been gaining some momentum on the Anthill LinkedIn Group over the past week. The discussion was triggered by an announcement from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia's Minister for Innovation, pertaining to the selection of Commercialisation Australian board members.

A conversation about entrepreneurship with expat Australian Terrie Lloyd (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to sit down with Terrie Lloyd, a 51-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 26 years. A "self-made man" in the truest sense, he formed his first company on a working holiday visa at the age of 25, in Japan, and has established more than 17 companies since then. Terrie was extremely generous in sharing his experiences. Below is part one of this two part interview.

Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: Enter the Dragon

Oodles.com founder Steve Sherlock has been documenting his efforts to raise a multimillion dollar Series A funding round by the end of January 2010. In the fifth instalment of this series, Sherlock has just returned from a trip to London where he gathered advice from several people who’ve been around the investment block a few times.

What Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize and startup capital raising have in common

US President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize based not on his accomplishments but to “encourage his vision” is not dissimilar to an entrepreneur trying to raise capital for the first time. Kim Wingerei explains.

What Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and startup capital raising have in common

US President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize based not on his accomplishments but to “encourage his vision” is not dissimilar to an entrepreneur trying to raise capital for the first time. Kim Wingerei explains.

Daniel Houden, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Daniel Houden started software developing when he barely knew how to use Microsoft Word. Four years later he presented at the Microsoft Conference with his software product, Xchangexec.

Mark Saba, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Mark Saba may not speak your language, but he sure has a lot of mates who do. His startup, Connect Language Services (CLS), works with 4,000 interpreters and translators globally to provide multicultural communication solutions to major Australian corporations and government organisations.

Glen Riverstone, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Glen Riverstone is the embodiment of an inventor-turned-entrepreneur. Faced with a personal problem, he invented a device to solve it, commercialised the product and exported to 13 countries around the world - all within the space of eleven months.

Campbell King, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

If copycat competitors are badges of honour for entrepreneurs, Campbell King had won three of them within the first six months of operation with his startup, Kegs on Legs.

The hard sells hear some home truths

It's not an easy game standing up in front of a crowd of 120 people and pitch to a panel of hard-to-please angel investors, as 11 brave entrepreneurial souls did recently at the Melbourne Pitch Club event (held 25 June).

You have 90 seconds to pitch. GO!

If you were given the opportunity to stand up for 90 seconds and pitch your company to a panel of angel investors and a raucous, how would you fare?

Jack Delosa, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

While many business people begin by studying a Commerce degree, perhaps even an MBA, Jack Delosa epitomises the 'school of hard knocks' entrepreneurial path.

David Ball, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

When asked to create a 30under30 award category that would best suit him, 22-year-old Queenslander David Ball suggested the "Robin Hood Award (for taking some money away from the rich guys and giving it back to the poor guys)".

Seeking capital? Pitch Club is not a spectator sport!

Pitch Club is back in Melbourne! With a Panel of Angel Investors from Melbourne Angels, a selection of Melbourne's finest pitchers, this is not to...

Entrepreneurs can change the world

At its best, entrepreneurship captures the essence of childhood imagination and adult endeavour. This slick video, written and produced by Sonja Jacob and designed...

Magazine 2.0: Use your smarts to help us write the next edition of Anthill

Could we be about to create Australia’s first reader-generated magazine article? Probably not. Many magazine articles are already written by readers. But! We might be the first...

Ankit Fadia: the ethical hacker

By the age of 16, Ankit Fadia was the author of several best selling books and a popular website on his pet subject: ethical hacking. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US Government hired him to decrypt a critical email intercepted from Al Qaeda. It was, as they say, a good career move.

Strategy: Cash is king

While sometimes apocryphal, start-up failure rates tell a sombre story: most start-ups don't see their third anniversary. This high attrition rate has many causes, but a primary factor is poor cash flow management.

Cash killer

The man who brought us e-finance Belgians are famous for exporting delightful, frivolous products like beer and chocolate. However, leading Belgian entrepreneur Michel Akkermans is...

The Entrepreneur vs. Venture Capitalist

A meeting of minds or clash of heads? It is little wonder that only a small proportion of investment proposals ever successfully attract venture capital....



Inbound Marketing Reloaded with James Tuckerman [FREE REPORT]

Leads always must come before sales. Then, it’s your job to build trust, educate, create rapport and demonstrate why your product and service is better than the alternatives. However, the tools at your disposal to achieve these outcomes -- to connect with strangers, to convert them to suspects, then prospects, then customers -- are constantly changing. That’s why we created this cheat sheet. To re-visit traditional inbound marketing strategies, and offer some helpful tactics to help ‘old school’ organisations embrace ‘new world’ tactics and strategies.


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...