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An almighty stink over rival iPhone apps

Legal stoushes over intellectual property infringement flare up all the time, and they are invariably serious affairs. But it's hard to keep a straight face watching this report from The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac, who tries to get to the bottom of the stink between Air-O-Matic - the makers of Pull My Finger (a popular iPhone application that was at one point bringing in US$10,000 a day), and the moguls from InfoMedia who cut Air-O-Matic's lunch by releasing their own Top Selling app, iFart.

Doing business in the US: 13 smart tips to minimise risk

The United States is relentless in making its vast markets seem enticingly available, yet every mistake when doing business there can be costly and unforgiving. Here are the top 13 things you “must do” prior to taking the plunge and doing business in the US.

Two Free Tickets – Domenic Carosa Workshop (Valued at $2,950 each!)

Domenic Carosa, a former BRW Young Rich List Member, is running a workshop designed to teach attendees how to accelerate business growth through the...

Minimum wage freeze good for business?

The Fair Pay Commission froze the minimum wage yesterday for the first time since the 1982 recession, citing economic pressures on employers. Unions had sought...

Does your business need a new financial year makeover?

Are your sales declining, fewer prospects or more competitors in the marketplace? Maybe it’s time for a business “makeover”.

Are you personally liable for workers’ safety?

Navigating the complex and highly regulated maze of state-run occupational health and safety jurisdictions in Australia can be onerous. However, if you decide it’s all too hard, you could find yourself personally liable in the event of a workplace accident.

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.

Dude, you stole my business idea! Confidentiality agreements 101

An issue close to the heart (and start) of any creative venture is how to protect your valuable idea or concept if you need to disclose it to others. A common way is via a confidentiality agreement.

Of logos, words and turf wars

Tony Eades' recent article, Is your logo a 'no-go'?, contained sound advice about the benefits of having a current and well-designed logo. Should you take up Tony's...

Stella Awards 2009… Rewarding human stupidity

Today I received a viral email announcing the winners of the 2009 Stella Awards. If you are not familiar with this prestigious honour, the 'Stellas'...

Succession planning for strategic success

Like the royal successions that have taken place for centuries, succession planning is all about being ready for the future. However, unlike the monarchy, today’s succession planning in business not only focuses on replacing talent, but also on developing the talent that will fulfil the organisation’s long-term goals. Is your organisation prepared for a changing of the guard?

10 steps to accelerate cashflow by streamlining accounts

Asking for money is probably one of the least enjoyable jobs in business. If it isn't handled right, it can have a massive impact...

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.

World’s most litigious man sues Guinness Book of World Records

Jonathan Lee Riches is unhappy about being labeled the world's most litigious person. So much so that he is suing the Guinness Book of World Records.

World's most litigious man sues Guinness Book of World Records

Jonathan Lee Riches is unhappy about being labeled the world's most litigious person. So much so that he is suing the Guinness Book of World Records.

Taking the Reins: The risks and rewards of a management buyout

For most managers, conducting a management buyout (MBO) can be a life-changing experience. An MBO offers the management team (either as a whole or a few individuals) an opportunity to purchase the business from its current shareholders, usually with the backing of a private equity fund. The transaction allows the individuals involved to enjoy a significant stake in their own business and be given the opportunity to "run the show".

Australian exporters can claim IP expenses from 1 July ’09

For the first time, Australian exporters will be eligible to claim IP expenses under Austrade's Export Market Development Grant Program (EMDG).

Australian exporters can claim IP expenses from 1 July '09

For the first time, Australian exporters will be eligible to claim IP expenses under Austrade's Export Market Development Grant Program (EMDG).

6 tips for raising private capital in Australia

Although there is much investment capital available in Australia, raising it can be a tough road for entrepreneurs, particularly for early-stage or start-up companies....

How Russian Roulette could save your business

When two people decide to start a business together, it's hard for them to see how this promising relationship might one day turn sour. Managing the end-game is something to get right at the beginning with a stakeholders agreement. Russell Wheeler explains why.

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