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IP Australia issues security warning – Trademarks Scam

The national IP registrar recently received "numerous calls from trade mark owners who have received an invoice from a company known as TMP, Trademark Publisher".

Are you seeking capital? August is 'Venture Capital Month' at Anthill!

So you have the commitment, the creativity, the cojones. But do you have the capital! This August, we've decided to explore the many facets of capital raising - from angel investment and grants to venture capital and private equity. For want of a better name, we're calling this exercise Anthill's VC Month.

Are you seeking capital? August is ‘Venture Capital Month’ at Anthill!

So you have the commitment, the creativity, the cojones. But do you have the capital! This August, we've decided to explore the many facets of capital raising - from angel investment and grants to venture capital and private equity. For want of a better name, we're calling this exercise Anthill's VC Month.

Seeking venture capital? Need angel funding?

This first event in Anthill's upcoming 'Tunnel Talk' series, held in conjunction with Design Victoria, is a two-part initiative developed for business builders, commercial innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs and creative professionals seeking to identify investment ready ideas and acquire growth capital.

Stackable, modular fridge helps keep peace between housemates

You've heard the old saying 'good fences make good neighbour'. Well this refrigerator, comprising up to four individual modules stacked vertically, is sure to prevent turf wars between housemates over who ate what, when and why.

Fivefingers foot-gloves the latest breakthrough in running shoe design

Wired.com editor Dylon Tweney reviews the world's freakiest and geekiest running shoe, the Vibram FiveFingers.

New invention foils paparazzi by automatically returning flash

New York University grad student Adam Harvey has invented an "Anti Paparazzi" device that detects the camera flash from one or more photographers and returns a flash almost instantaneously, ruining the shot.

Handheld medical device named Next Big Thing

The winners of Innovic's International Next Big Thing Award, which identifies innovative products with the potential to change the world, were announced last Friday.

Website of the Week: Toxel – the inspiration station

Repetition is the enemy of creativity. How often have you begun the day with a grand vision for progress and change, only to end it with the nagging feeling that you’ve done much but achieved little? Time to get inspired.

Us Now – Oh the times, they are a changin

Us Now is a fascinating documentary film examining the astonishing pace of change that society is currently undergoing, led by the growth of the internet, technology and the new tribalism they are enabling.

How to export design services

Last night, I was given the pleasure of moderating a panel of design exporters at the launch of The Case for Export, a handbook...

Playful fruit-themed designs all the rage

As the southern hemisphere heads into winter hibernation, our friends in the northern hemisphere are gearing up for summer frivolity. And what's synonymous with...

Website of the Week: A quirky new path to market for product ideas

Ben Kaufman, who also founded mophie and kluster, is back with a new variation on NameThis: quirky. The premise is this: entrepreneurs and creative people in general are bubbling with far more product ideas than they can possibly pursue. Consequently, these ideas end up dormant or exploited by someone else. Described by Kaulfman as a "social product development company", quirky invites users to submit their product ideas for US$99 each - this ensures that only the best ideas are lodged. The quirky community selects one product from the pool of submitted ideas every seven days. From there, the community (known as "influencers") weigh in by voting, rating and influencing other people's product ideas.

The playground of the future

According to researchers, as children have replaced outdoor physical recreation with video games and internet surfing, the way they actually play has become more...

Victorian Technology Profiles Aug/Sep 06

The path from start-up to success story can be a challenging journey. These two Victorian innovators are taking the path less travelled, turning good ideas into profitable international businesses, and they're not looking back!

Regional tech

For the most part, we Australians huddle in and around our eastern seaboard cities, with healthy respect for the harsh realities inland. But there's more to Australia's tech sector than MBA-educated entrepreneurs and wealthy investors in Sydney and Melbourne. As globalisation levels the international playing field, so the performance gap between urban elites and regional innovators narrows.

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