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Dr Sam Prince, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

If you ever spot Dr Sam Prince in Canberra's John James Hospital, make sure you congratulate him for winning this year's 30under30 Award. The entrepreneur-in-disguise has founded two enterprises on national and international levels and won a string of awards to his name.

Daniel Houden, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Daniel Houden started software developing when he barely knew how to use Microsoft Word. Four years later he presented at the Microsoft Conference with his software product, Xchangexec.

Mark Saba, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Mark Saba may not speak your language, but he sure has a lot of mates who do. His startup, Connect Language Services (CLS), works with 4,000 interpreters and translators globally to provide multicultural communication solutions to major Australian corporations and government organisations.

Look who's in the Cool Company Awards for 2009

The nominations are coming in thick and fast, female involvement is close to reaching an all time high (as posted previously) and, next week, mobile billboards will be hitting major CBDs (thanks to your input). However, one or two trends have emerged that have surprised me.

Look who’s in the Cool Company Awards for 2009

The nominations are coming in thick and fast, female involvement is close to reaching an all time high (as posted previously) and, next week, mobile billboards will be hitting major CBDs (thanks to your input). However, one or two trends have emerged that have surprised me.

Google Maps adds live traffic information for Australian cities

Earlier today, Google made one of its most useful online services, the Sydney-developed Google Maps, even more useful for Australian users by adding current traffic information to several cities.

New website helps Australian small businesses understand new employment laws

This week the Australian Federal Government launched Fair Work for Small Business, a free resources website that helps small businesses understand the new Fair Work Act and how it affects their rights when it comes to employing staff.

Glen Riverstone, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Glen Riverstone is the embodiment of an inventor-turned-entrepreneur. Faced with a personal problem, he invented a device to solve it, commercialised the product and exported to 13 countries around the world - all within the space of eleven months.

Compare Google and Bing search results on one page

Here's a simple mashup/hack on the concept of comparing search results between Google and Bing. Type your search query in the top box and the results in Google and Bing appear below in split-screen. Handy for those searching for information or, more likely, those seeking to compare how their own site ranks in each search engine for various search terms.

Women entrepreneurs come out in droves for Cool Company nominations

Last year, we were forced to ask the question, 'Where are the female entrepreneurs?' when, according to the nomination form, only 8% of the nominated companies in 2008 were run by women. Of course, our provocatively titled post had our female Anthillians nominate en masse, getting our female contingent up to a more respectable 28%. This year, only one month into the process, nominated companies run by women represent 35% of the total!

How to use Twitter for business… This time, it’s personal.

Developed by Australian digital marketing consultant Clare Lancaster, this 21-page eBook is designed to teach businesses how to increase website visitors, leads and sales by connecting with people using Twitter.

Campbell King, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

If copycat competitors are badges of honour for entrepreneurs, Campbell King had won three of them within the first six months of operation with his startup, Kegs on Legs.

Small Business Support Line workers trained by beyondblue?

Today, the Australian Federal Minister for Small Business, Dr Craig Emerson, officially launched a free phone service that will provide advice and support for people running and working in small businesses.

Peter Henderson, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Jumping ship to work with a larger, market-leading competitor was a disruptive change. The realisation that his entrepreneurial skills would be best utilised growing their business, rather than his own, did not come naturally for Peter Henderson, one of the few genuine "intrapreneurs" in this year's crop of 30under30.

How much does it really cost to protect your intellectual property rights?

Most people have a vague understanding of the various types of intellectual property rights, but few know exactly which rights relate to them and even fewer know how much this will cost. This new series takes readers through the ins and outs of intellectual property rights protection specifically for knowledge-economy businesses.

Samuel Yeats, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

While most people hang out with mates during lunch breaks in Year 10, Samuel Yeats was negotiating with the receiver of a failed telco to acquire its hosting customers. Nine years later, Yeats is now the founder and CEO of Ultra Serve, a leading Australian managed internet hosting service provider.

Phillip Kingston, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

A serial entrepreneur at only 24, Phillip Kingston is the embodiment of drive and ambition, spurned on by a desire to prove his sceptics wrong. With 3 start-ups under his belt while at university his current success story, Kingston development, is taking the Australian software and website development industry by storm.

Clint Salter, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

These days virtually all industries and sub-industries are ripe for reinvention online. Take the ultra-physical world of dance, which 2009 30under30 winner Clint Salter is doing his best to jazz up online with his specialist directory and social network, DanceLife.

Cool Company Awards, 2009 – Nominations Open!

It's on again. Over coming weeks, we'll be scouring the nation for Australia's coolest companies. It's the first stage in Australia's most innovative business awards program - The Nomination Phase.

A guide to angel investing (ebook)

Designed to help high net worth individuals become successful Angel Investors. Angel investing involves active mentoring and coaching of an early stage management team towards a successful exit or additional funding, probably from a venture capital firm. This book sets out a comprehensive and rigorous process which will help the Angel generate deal flow, evaluate investment proposals and manage the investment and subsequent harvest. The book also provides a useful guide to managing operational risks in the venture.

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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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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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