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Australian startup Beehive crowdfunding DIY 3D printed eyewear

What do you get when you leave a bunch of industrial designers and engineers to their own devices? A fancy new website in early-2012 that will allow anyone to create their own 3D-printed eyewear.

Aussie crowdfunding site Project PowerUp crowdfunds itself

Lack of funding is nothing new for many young entrepreneurs. Without assets or experience, traditional funding sources are often out of reach. As luck would have it, 23-year-old Sydney-based entrepreneur Ryan Wardell thinks he’s hit upon a solution. His company, Project PowerUp, pitches itself as "Australia's first crowdfunding platform for startups and small businesses."

Ryan Wardell, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Up-and-Comer

Crowd-funding has been spun as a viable alternative to traditional modes of finance and sponsorship in Australia, particularly for cash-strapped artists and independent filmmakers. But what if the crowd-funding model can be applied to startups as well? It's a question that has been floated recently, and Ryan Wardell thinks he has the answer. He's just launched Project PowerUp, and if it catches on, it will do for small businesses what Kickstarter has done for the arts.

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5 Ways to get more out of your coffee shop meetings...

Far too much time is wasted in coffee shop meetings. More often than not, the conversation falls off topic, interruptions cause distractions and, before you know it, the meeting is over and you’ve achieved nothing. That’s what Antony Gaddie calls a Coffee and Doughnut meeting. You get a coffee and… zero. He’s the founder of Green Ant Marketing and he shared with us (over coffee) five things that you can do to help you make the most of your coffee shop meetings.

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Strategic Alliances with Simone Novello [FREE INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you heard the often touted claim that the average lifespan of a business is two years? Have you ever wondered why that is? Often, it’s because, in the rush and intensity of starting up, business owners get caught up in day-to-day op-erations and overlook fast growth opportunities, like strategic partnerships. In this FREE INFOGRAPHIC, Simone Novello helps to answer your three most common questions about how to harness the power of... FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.

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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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