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The 5 qualities every entrepreneur should have and the No. 1 skill they should...

Robert Kiyosaki is an American investor, businessman, self-help author and motivational speaker, who has written 15 books, with combined sales of over 26 million copies. In this Q&A interview with Alex Pirouz, Mr. Kiyosaki discusses what it takes to be successful in business, the No 1 skill every entrepreneur should learn and the five qualities required by every entrepreneur in order to become successful.

Mark Pracy, Owner of Jet Fighter Australia, talks about Customer Service, marketing and staffing

The journey for Sydney entrepreneur Mark Pracy, now owner of Australia’s largest Jet Ride experience, all started in the Hunter Valley where he provided his services to international superstars, such as Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Cheryl Crow and many more. From there, he seized his opportunity and capitalised on a gap in the marketplace by making it affordable for average day Australians to experience a ride in a Jet Fighter. In this Q&A interview with Alex Pirouz, Pracy discusses the importance of customer service, how marketing has shifted as a result of social media and the information age and why working with the right staff is absolutely critical to the success of any business.

Bruce Doyle talks about the importance of having a successful business plan

Becoming a business owner for the first time in 1977, Bruce Doyle has now owned and operated 27 businesses, 18 of which were developed from conception. He has been ranked Global Coach of the Year, Victorian Coach Of the Year and Action Coach’s most prestigious award, Entrepreneur Coach of the Year. In this Q&A interview with Alex Pirouz, Doyle shares why it’s important to do a business plan, what is required for a business plan to be successful and the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when writing a business plan.

Tristan Sender of GoGet CarShare talks innovation, market research and entrepreneurship

It all started with a conversation: "Wouldn't it be great to share a car with our neighbours?" Starting in June 2003 with just three cars, GoGet CarShare now has 530 vehicles Australia-wide, ranging from inner-city-friendly compacts to wagons, utes and people movers. In this Q & A interview with Alex Pirouz, GoGet CarShare’s operational manager Tristan Sender shares how to create an innovation, why market research is so important and what aspiring entrepreneurs can learn.

Andrew Morello, winner of The Apprentice, talks about culture, success and the journey

From the tender age of 15, Andrew Morello has always had a drive and passion for business. From running dance parties, working in the real estate industry to winning channel 9’s TV series The Apprentice, he now works with Mark Bouris at Yellow Brick Road Management as its head of Business Development. In this Q&A interview with Alex Pirouz, Morello reveals the importance of working with the right people, why it’s about the journey and not the goal and why challenges are a vital part of achieving success in business.

Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street, talks about success, sales and the elements...

In the 1990s, Jordan Belfort soared to the highest financial heights, earning over $50 million a year as the notorious “Wolf of Wall Street,” and then sunk to the lowest societal lows, succumbing to a massive drug addiction and spending twenty-two months in a federal prison camp. In this Q&A interview with Alex Pirouz, he talks about the elements necessary to be successful in business, growing a company, and how to motivate sales staff to perform at their optimum level.

K-Rudd as comic book hero? (Alas, you’ll have to make do with Schwarzenegger… for...

There’s never a dull moment with that Arnold Schwarzenegger fella around. One minute he’s in London looking incredibly silly on a pushbike – in a suit, no less. The next he’s in Cannes, France, launching his first post-politics project: a TV cartoon series for kids called The Governator.

Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, School of Thinking

He worked with Edward De Bono teaching people to think, but Michael Hewitt-Gleeson has moved on from selling hats. He studied under George Gallup, but is now creating, rather than measuring, 'word of mouth'. He is a bestselling author, public speaker and 'paradigm-shifter'. This month, we honour Michael Hewitt-Gleeson as 'The Anthillian'.

This week’s Anthillian: Prof Murray Gillin

Professor Emeritus Murray Gillin has spent the majority of his adult life championing the importance of entrepreneurship. He has taught it. He has studied it. And despite a career largely in academia, he has lived it, pioneering a range of entrepreneurial endeavours, including the world's first masters degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.

This week's Anthillian: Prof Murray Gillin

Professor Emeritus Murray Gillin has spent the majority of his adult life championing the importance of entrepreneurship. He has taught it. He has studied it. And despite a career largely in academia, he has lived it, pioneering a range of entrepreneurial endeavours, including the world's first masters degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.

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? ...

Greg Wilkinson – founder, Reckon Software

Rhodesian born Greg Wilkinson began adult life as a global wanderer. He eventually settled in Sydney and founded a small software publishing company called...

'Inside the box' innovation

Every organisation covets internal innovation, but very few usher creative sparks through to commercial success with any kind of reliable consistency. Amnon Levav, Managing...

‘Inside the box’ innovation

Every organisation covets internal innovation, but very few usher creative sparks through to commercial success with any kind of reliable consistency. Amnon Levav, Managing...

Which way innovation?

With our backs still warm from the self-congratulations of Innovation Festival 2007, it's worth noting that IBM Australia and the Melbourne Institute of Applied...

Balancing act – MYOB’s Craig Winkler

Craig Winkler started his first business from the spare bedroom of a rented house in Melbourne. The entrepreneur, now CEO of one of Australia's...

Balancing act – MYOB's Craig Winkler

Craig Winkler started his first business from the spare bedroom of a rented house in Melbourne. The entrepreneur, now CEO of one of Australia's...

Ankit Fadia: the ethical hacker

By the age of 16, Ankit Fadia was the author of several best selling books and a popular website on his pet subject: ethical hacking. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US Government hired him to decrypt a critical email intercepted from Al Qaeda. It was, as they say, a good career move.

Q&A: Nigel Poole

As the person responsible for commercialising all new technologies emanating from the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, Nigel Poole knows all about transforming ideas into companies. From where he sits, Australia's so-called "commercialisation gap" is receding, with seed investment culture and managerial experience the keys. He's a busy man with busy ideas and a penetrating vision for Australia's future as a knowledge nation.

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