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Get your mobile idea to market! (Free info session on July 9th)

Got a mobile content or application idea but not sure how to take it to market? Want to hear from three industry experts about how...

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...

Origami in the Pursuit of Perfection

This amazing video uses origami and stop-motion to tell the story of Japanese sports brand ASICS. It won a Grand Prix at the Eurobest,...

Intrapreneurship: A guide to harnessing the power of entrepreneurs within organisations

Conventional wisdom states that entrepreneurs are unmanageable and, thus, make poor employees. While it's true that salaried entrepreneurs can prove a handful, the most...

Sustainability in business is not a side project

With increasing pressure from external regulatory bodies and savvy consumers looking to make smarter and more responsible purchasing decisions, it is more important now...

How to escalate your advertising

Getting your advertising under the noses of new customers can be a difficult task - so how about getting it under their palms? ...

Crisis creates once in a lifetime opportunity

The current global financial crisis has been described as a “once in a lifetime recession”. However savvy business owners, entrepreneurs and investors recognise it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to make money.

Capital seekers… Get to the point! (again)

Earlier this morning, we pinged out a sponsored message promoting a capital raising workshop. It reminded me of a 'rant' we published in the second...

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.

Federal Government announces $71.3M for 238 research projects

Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today announced that 238 projects will share in funding of over $71.3 million under Round 2 of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

A collection of crazy inventions

Toaster kettles? Skeleton socks? Stair drawers? Check out this hot video collection of cool inventions.

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...

Website(s) of the week: Students locked up until they built 6 web startups from...

The idea of locking a bunch of creative people in a room until they have hammered out a plan for a new business is not new. In fact, it's been done at Mixer events around the world for a number of years. But the concepts - which tends to engender a form of Stockholm Syndrome in entrepreneurs held hostage by market problems - always seems to churn out interesting formative business. They might not always go on to become the next Google, but the process illustrates the power of focused collaboration.

Smart 100 (2009): The judging process

Anthill Magazine teamed up with market research firm Colmar Brunton and 1,600 'mavens' to identify 100 of Australia's most promising product innovations. Introducing... the inaugural Smart 100.

Fast five trends for right now

Trends are useful - but in my view, anything beyond 2-5 years is pure fiction. The seeds of mass market change are always with us, percolating away in the background - you just have to pay attention. Here are five I'm tracking right now....

Federal Budget shakes up grants

Federal Budget '08 - The good, the bad, and the environmental Overview The Federal government handed down its budget on Tuesday 13 May – with a major...

Where are the Innovators? (Smart 100)

To begin with, hats off to the 700+ readers who nominated Australian innovations over the holiday period! At a time when most people are at...

Selling our IP to the Chinese

An Aussie swimming coach sells training secrets to the Chinese and it hits the front pages of the tabloids. Fair enough. But our precious...

The car polygraph

If it’s true that necessity is the mother of invention, I never want to get in a car with either Bernhard Mattes or Gottfried...
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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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