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Over $100,000 is up for grabs at Janssen’s HealthTech start-up challenge for a healthier...

Statistics show that Australians are actually living longer, but not necessarily healthier. We have one of the highest life expectancies at 84.3 years and 79.9...

Fail + learn = #flearn: Tweet it, post it and most importantly, share it.

The folks at Pollenizer know a thing or two about launching successful businesses – they’ve co-founded more than 25 to date. So, when they advise entrepreneurs to embrace failure in order to learn – or ‘#flearn’ – then it pays to listen.

Another coup for Pollenizer: Dealised raises $5 million in deal with SingTel

Earlier this week, Australian company Dealised, which peddles group-buying platforms, pocketed a cool $5 million in funding from global big-wig SingTel Innov8 and Perth-based venture capital firm Yuuwa Capital LP to assist with its development and international expansion. We've said it before and we'll say it again: In the event of a gold rush, don't start digging. Start selling shovels!

Pollenizer’s Mick Liubinskas encourages everyone to embrace failure [VIVID Creative Sydney]

In a six-minute, whirling-dervish, evangelical talk at VIVID Creative Sydney, Pollenizer co-founder Mick Liubinskas lets us all know why he believes that Australia's entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well.

Attention Australian web leaders! 9×9 Web Thinkers want to peek inside your brain…

We’re big fans of the new video project by 9x9 Web Thinkers. Not only does is look the business, it’s also got the smarts to back it up. If there is one fault we have with the concept, it is that the HTML5, while eye-popping and cool, is inherently unsharable. We would have liked to have shared a snippet with you here -- a teaser to whet your appetite -- but nay.

How do you see your role in a startup?

I was thinking about the different roles people play at various stages of a startup and how they approach it, and I was reminded of this old story:

Twitter, good business models and cash registers

I spend a lot of time helping companies find the right business model. One of the first questions we ask is, “How close is your core product to the cash register?” What we mean by this is, “How far are you away from someone actually paying cash for something?” The general principle is, the closer you are, the stronger your business model.

Video snippets of startup pollenization at work

Our friends at Pollenizer, which has emerged as the fertile hub of Sydney's happening web startup scene, have launched a great new initiative to showcase the hive of activity that is Pollenizer HQ in Surrey Hills. On Fridays (starting two weeks ago), Mick Liubinskas thrusts his Flip camera in the face of colleagues and connected entrepreneurs, inviting them to share a little about the projects they're working on.

Often customers don’t want to be wowed – they want to be ‘not dissatisfied’

There isn’t just satisfaction and dissatisfaction, there’s non-satisfaction and non-dissatisfaction too. It’s important to know the difference. I did some research once on bank customers and found out that they weren’t hoping for satisfaction, just no dissatisfaction. And it really made me think.

How to launch a lean event at short notice

A couple of weeks ago, regular Anthill contributor Mick Liubinskas heard that lean startup luminary Eric Ries would be in Sydney, He and a few friends sprang into action to organise a Lean Startup event for Sydney’s digital startup community in Sydney. Here’s Liubinskas’s account of how it came together.

I’m no techie, but I want in! Lessons from the National Growth Summit.

If there's a mistake an SME can make online, I've made it in the last five years. My ecommerce site was hacked for reasons that will soon become apparent. My blog disappeared on the very same day and I avoided joining Twitter until last Friday because, “bloody hell -- I already have enough to do!”

Online Marketing By Design seminar, Sydney [video]

On 2 February, Anthill Magazine and Mumbrella co-hosted "Online Marketing by Design", a panel event held at the Shelbourne Hotel in Sydney. An extension of the successful event held in Melbourne late last year, the Sydney event sold out quickly and the room was brimming with both people and ideas about marketing in the rapidly evolving digital age.

Debate rages at Mumbrella/Anthill Online Marketing by Design in Sydney last night — #mumhill...

There were plenty of great insights and conversations shared about marketing and social media at last nights Online Marketing By Design event held at the Shelbourne Hotel in Sydney, co-hosted by Mumbrella and Anthill Magazine.

Make sure you’re never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

Make sure you're never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

How hard is it to get a new user?

If you developing a product or service that’s designed to meet a consumer’s need, here’s the reason why you can’t just be better than what currently exists. Or you can’t just be really useful. You have to be insanely, grossly, massively, obviously, simply and wonderfully useful.

Do you really understand online marketing? It’s about more than having a pretty website.

If you are serious about growing your business through online marketing, Anthill is pleased to announce that it has extended the run of its...

Do you really understand online marketing? It's about more than having a pretty website.

If you are serious about growing your business through online marketing, Anthill is pleased to announce that it has extended the run of its...

Five similarities between forming habits and deep customer development

I spend a lot of time thinking about new companies finding, nurturing and winning over their first lot of customers and I’ve realised that there are a lot of similarities with forming habits. Here are five...

Vision and Focus, the Capulet and Montague of business strategy

Some quick thoughts on one of the hardest things to do as an entrepreneur (or intrapreneur) -- holding both a big vision and a brutal focus in your mind at the same time. They sound like contradictions and in many ways they are the endlessly feuding families of a new venture. You need to make them happy neighbours though.

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