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iLab’s Annual Investment Summit helps entrepreneurs better understand the process of raising capital

Australian startups are increasingly finding it difficult to raise money. The Annual Investment Summit from iLab wants to help out. The summit, held on 25 August 2011, focuses on growing business by raising angel or VC funding.

How to turn our daughters into powerful business leaders of the future

Recently, I attended a breakfast about gender disparity. Interestingly, the research shows some real gems of wisdom about how to raise girls to become future leaders. Our lessons about leadership start very early on, it seems, and our ability to lead is ingrained well before we even leave school. Here are five ways to turn our daughters into powerful business leaders of the future.

Five things I learned at Pitch Club in Melbourne last week.

Lesson #1: There is definite value in pitching unprepared. One of the pitchers on the night had not pitched before. You could tell he was hungry to get in front of the crowd and tell his story. This is because few of us ever get the opportunity to have our ideas challenged.

Forget Facebook: China’s social networking must-dos

Navigating China’s many social networks can be as challenging and frustrating as mastering Mandarin. However, when building a social media plan, there are a few basics you can apply. Here are four must-dos when attempting to to connect with -- and ultimately sell your brand to -- the Chinese.

The Rise of the Social Economy, Part 1: What is social media really?

It seems as if every company is now looking to social media as a marketing panacea for the woes of the GFC. In this three-part series, Mark Cameron takes a close look at the social media landscape, describes some of the 'platforms', examines how these are changing the market place and outlines a strategic framework for deploying social media as a branding, marketing, PR and intelligence tool.

Think you’re ‘dynamic’ and have ‘extensive experience’? LinkedIn says, Keep it to yourself

LinkedIn, the worldwide network for professionals, has released the most common empty-calorie words or phrases in members' profiles and assembled a top 10 ranking for 12 countries. The best of the worst in Australia is "extensive experience."

So, you have 300 contacts on LinkedIn. Well, I’m not impressed.

I was at an event the other day when I met a very smart, respected, and likeable business owner, named Ron. We got to discussing LinkedIn, and I asked him how many connections he had. He mentioned he had around 300, and then went on to proudly proclaim that he knew “all of them personally, save three or four”. That's great for taking care of your existing customers, I thought, but what about attracting new ones?

Is it rude to use Facebook as a lead generation tool?

I have lost count of the number of times my friends, colleagues, and business partners have made the statement, “Facebook is personal. It is not for B2B! Try LinkedIn.” I understand their sentiment. Since its inception, Facebook has always been an intimate space reserved for friends and family, or very close professional associates. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Registration now open for 2011 Angels Conference

"Angels without Borders" will be the theme for the upcoming conference, which will feature an international guestlist of speakers and participants. Early-bird registration includes choice of accommodation and closes 26 November.

4 Steps to getting off the Business D-List you didn’t know you were on

We see it every week in the gossip mags: “Up-and-coming wannabe movie star ‘caught’ schmoozing at the hottest party with established (and too often married) star.” None of this is accidental, neither is it accidental when new and typically ‘unknown’ music acts get to headline for international artists on tour. It’s blatant PR.

10 secrets to weaving the perfect network

Networking isn’t about making a quick sale or converting people. It’s about building the foundation for a strong and powerful relationship. Focusing mainly on the sale is a great way to alienate!

Saddle up for networking success with the Magnificent 7

OK, all you sales staffers, it's nitty-gritty time. I'm about to give you the Magnificent 7 of Networking -- seven interconnected fundamentals that will allow you to build effective and profitable relationships for your business.

Perfection on the internet is a fallacy. Just accept it.

Six weeks ago, David Moore commenced his expose into the secrets of computer maintenance -- rules that are carefully guarded or simply too embarrassing to share. This week, he shares the hard truth about one of the most common misunderstandings between techies and their clients: Perfection doesn't exist on the web.

Are women snubbing men in the boardroom?

Imagine this... You are one of one hundred and thirty women walking into a room to learn about networking with men to gain board positions. As you walk in, you see the only male presenter standing there, smiling, next to the door. He is not directly in your way. However, he is standing just far enough from the doorway that you have to change direction to make your way around him to enter the room and find your seat. Do you make an effort to say hello or walk on by?

My wireless network is naff. Why wired networks are still more reliable.

Five weeks ago, David Moore commenced his expose into the secrets of computer maintenance -- rules that are carefully guarded or simply too embarrassing to share. This week, he unmasks some of the preconceptions behind wireless networks and multitasking.

How to lead with value and socialise your brand

The markets and audiences of the 21st century are a savvy bunch. No longer gullible and susceptible to the heavy handed and brash branding practices of the past, they're looking for the 'why' and not the 'what' when they buy into a product or service, and this leaves companies and organisations charting new and unfamiliar territory. Andrew Collins explores the changing face of brand promotion.

Young Entrepreneurs’ Night Out. It’s baaaaaack! (But slightly different.)

Two months ago, we trialled an event in Sydney called our Young Entrepreneurs' Night Out. The premise was simple; Create a networking event for young entrepreneurs to mingle, learn from peers, drink some booze, make new friends and get inspired. It’s baaaaaack! (But slightly different.)

Young Entrepreneurs' Night Out. It's baaaaaack! (But slightly different.)

Two months ago, we trialled an event in Sydney called our Young Entrepreneurs' Night Out. The premise was simple; Create a networking event for young entrepreneurs to mingle, learn from peers, drink some booze, make new friends and get inspired. It’s baaaaaack! (But slightly different.)

Animated Tweets parade to marching band music

Just when you were sure that Twitter applications couldn't get any whackier, isparade.jp has launched the unusual animated app Twitter Parade. By simply entering your username or keyword the app will return an evergrowing procession of real tweets, portrayed as animated figures, based on the search result.

Tania de Jong talks about how her grandmother patented the foldable umbrella (then lost...

Two remarkable things happened at the launch of Creative Innovation 2010. Firstly, a senior representative from a leading Australian bank told an endearing story about her early successes outside the banking sector. (It's a rare thing to be won over by a representative from the Australian banking sector.) Secondly, conference organiser Tania de Jong, surprised the crowd with a story about her grandmother's inventiveness... before bursting into song.

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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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