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Jan Vydra, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Armed with a corporate background, Jan Vydra leaped into the herb industry with determination to build a better basil. By any measurement, he has been wildly successful with his 3-year-old company, Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs. Recently, the national government named him Young Farmer of the Year.

Herbs 2.0: Aussie business helping herb industry turn over new leaf

Starting up a new business is tough. Ask anyone. Starting up a business in an industry you have little previous experience of… Well, folks looking to poop on your parade might just say that right there is crazy-talk. But that’s exactly what Australian Fresh Leaf Herb (AFLH) founders Jan Vydra (pronounced Yarn) and William Pham did, shedding their corporate careers in the process.

Meet Living Fundraisers, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Award Category]

Living Fundraisers offers a range of herb- and vegetable-growing kits that offer an alternative for chocolate bars and cookie dough for school money drives. The company also offers seed-embedded Christmas cards. "These products allow schools and community groups to promote healthy, educational activities instead of flogging chocolate bars," co-founder Rachel Taylor said.

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The Facebook Honey Trap with James Tuckerman [CHEAT SHEET]

This cheat sheet was developed to help small business operators harness the incomparable (and undeniable) potency of Facebook to recruit fans, spread the word, and (most importantly) generate inbound business.

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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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