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Creative3 2011 brings creativity, enterprise and investment to the table

This year, the team behind Creative3 wants creative enterprise professionals to once again learn about creativity, enterprise and investments at Creative3 International Forum 2011. Media vanguards Tracey Robertson, Shainiel Deo, Pip Jamieson and Simon Goodrich are set to headline the event.

Warren Buffett and Jay-Z have more in common than you might think

Seen from a distance, this video is just three inhumanly rich guys sitting in comfy chairs and chatting for an hour about philanthropy, luck and comfort zones. But then you move in and focus on the players. And ... wow. Warren Buffet. Jay-Z. Interviewer Steve Forbes. Watch and learn.

Have you got the right reasons to raise capital?

In my previous article, I discussed that companies with access to capital will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace, even though capital is going to be harder to come by. However, while capital raising can provide a myriad of new opportunities and strong competitive advantages for your business, it is not necessarily a panacea for whatever malaise your organisation might be experiencing. It might sound like an obvious statement, but getting people to invest in your company requires a great deal of preparation – yet there are still plenty of companies that eschew the necessary groundwork.

The big pitch: High-tech boots protect portal guns from messy human error

A fall from a 10-story-high mainframe extrusion can be messy. Worse, it can damage that expensive handheld portal generator. In a promotion for the new video game "Portal 2," Aperture Laboratories makes a slick investment pitch.

Five startup and investment lessons from Entrepreneurs’ Night Out Sydney

Recently, I attended Anthill's Entrepreneurs' Night Out event in Sydney. The event featured four panelists -- Domenic Carosa, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, Ian Lyons and Katey Shaw -- and a room of enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Here are five lessons, in particular, that stood out.

Four questions to ask yourself before choosing a business partner

Two heads are better than one, right? Even so, you should be very careful who you choose as a co-founder. At the point of founding a company, the path for the life of the business is almost entirely decided. You need to choose very wisely the entrepreneur or entrepreneurial manager you bring on board.

Still waiting for a return on your innovation investment? Find the low-hanging fruit!

In his previous article, Roger La Salle challenged innovation practitioners to examine the rate of return on their innovation investment. Here, he explains how to set a time scale to obtain this return: "If you can have an early win with innovation then you can be sure more budget will be forthcoming and still greater achievements can be obtained." To find the low-hanging fruit (and the lowest risk) for your startup, the best place to begin is with Process Innovation.

Indian investors surveying Australia for new opportunities

Mahesh Singhi and Baljinder Sharma of Singhi Advisors, an Indian investment consultancy based in Mumbai, were in Australia recently looking for likely places for their clients to make some money. Leon and Garry spoke to them about what they had learned and what they would be telling India’s growing list of millionaires looking for overseas investment.

A chance to invest in the next Kylie Minogue

Now here's an idea that raises the phrase 'investment opportunity' by a couple octaves -- purchase a stake in the career of an indie music artist. In exchange for your largess, you'll gain a say in marketing and producing the singer. You can even pitch them a song.

Why this angel is not investing in social networks

A young entrepreneur asked me an interesting question, “If Twitter hadn’t happened yet and you had the chance to invest in it at start-up, would you?” As it turns out this is quite relevant as I did have the chance to invest in Twitter during a very early funding round through my own networks in Silicon Valley.

Allegro launches new $250 million private equity fund for Australia

Australian private equity firm Allegro Private Equity, last week, announced it had launched a new fund, Allegro Fund II, to raise more than $200 million to invest in the growing number of smaller mid-market private equity opportunities emerging in the post-GFC environment.

Want VC from Google? Here’s the guy who decides whether to invest in your...

Amin Zoufonoun is a senior member of Google’s Corporate Development team, which is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and executing Google's mergers, acquisitions and investments. In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about future opportunities for Australian startups and what he looks for when evaluating investments.

Want VC from Google? Here's the guy who decides whether to invest in your...

Amin Zoufonoun is a senior member of Google’s Corporate Development team, which is responsible for evaluating, negotiating and executing Google's mergers, acquisitions and investments. In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about future opportunities for Australian startups and what he looks for when evaluating investments.

NSW seeks young entrepreneurs for Round Table series

Are you a business owner under 35 living in New South Wales? Industry & Investment NSW is inviting young NSW entrepreneurs to a Round Table event on Friday 4 Jun 2010 (3pm to 5pm). This event was developed to help the NSW Government gain a better understanding of the hurdles and expectations of young people who are starting and running a business.

Google Invests in app that will predict the future

Google’s latest move to invest in Recorded Future - a startup claiming to be able to predict the future – is generating a buzz across the mainstream media. Can this be the killer app everybody has been waiting for?

So you have a great idea that could make a lot of money, but...

It’s one thing to have a great idea that could potentially make you a lot of money or serve a social purpose, but it’s another to get that idea off the ground. To transform your idea into reality, you will need determination and, just as importantly, you will need funding.

Why Invest in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane property – Evening

In this information briefing, successful Australian property investor John Hopkins will discuss his theories on investing in Australia's major capitals and teach attendees about the different property markets.

Why Invest in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane property – Evening

In this information briefing, successful Australian property investor John Hopkins will discuss his theories on investing in Australia's major capitals and teach attendees about the different property markets.

Income & Equity Accelerator – Lunch Seminar

Guest presenters JB Global will talk about the philosophy behind Warren Buffet's successful investment strategy - philosophies that you can then apply to all your investments. JB Global will also share insights into how you can access Warren Buffet's investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and teach you leverage strategies to invest in the share market.

Income & Equity Accelerator – Lunch Seminar

Guest presenters JB Global will talk about the philosophy behind Warren Buffet's successful investment strategy - philosophies that you can then apply to all your investments. JB Global will also share insights into how you can access Warren Buffet's investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and teach you leverage strategies to invest in the share market.

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