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Does brokepacker.com deserve to be our website-of-the-week?

According to the brokepacker.com founder Kevin Lippy, backpackers are only interested in three things: "Beer, sex and cheap deals." And he should know. Last month, we quoted another of Kevin's 'off-the-cuff' remarks as a Tequila Shot when he described his recent achievement moving into a youth hostel as a form of career advancement. (Of course, his goal was to gain a better understanding of his audience.)

If the shoe fits: the precarious world of the online custom cobbler [WEBSITE OF...

It's not every day that a blokey developer quits his day job to sell custom-designed shoes online. In fact, such a move might seem like entrepreneurial madness, especially when you consider the sea of demanding Carrie Bradshaws such a business is likely to attract. Matthew da Silva talks to Mike Knapp, co-founder of Shoes of Prey, to see what made him quit Google and dip his toe into the foot business.

Website of the Week: What would you do for a Fiverr?

After learning of Fiverr's existence, I figured it was going to be jokey. And, indeed, there are some humorous "gigs" (see examples). However, Fiverr is a serious commercial site -- it's brimming with legitimate postings by service providers who are deadly serious about completing the jobs they offer (the site facilitates the transaction). It's quite remarkable how much work some people will do for US$5.

Website of the Week: The Loop helps creative people sell themselves

Creative industries have changed dramatically over the past decade, but unfortunately the options for creative professionals to showcase their talent to peers and prospective employers hasn’t. Until now.

Here's a retail website that actually gets it right

From time to time a slick retail business's website grabs our attention. Take www.redshedcafe.com.au, the digital window to the real Red Shed Cafe located at Medhurst Wines in Victoria's Yarra Valley.

Here’s a retail website that actually gets it right

From time to time a slick retail business's website grabs our attention. Take www.redshedcafe.com.au, the digital window to the real Red Shed Cafe located at Medhurst Wines in Victoria's Yarra Valley.

New website helps 'buy Australian'

The website www.buyaustralianmade.com.au is not much fancier than a listing business - a directory. But it is being launched at a time when many manufacturers, especially in regional areas, are finding it tougher to sell their products through traditional retail outlets as the major chains cull their product lines.

New website helps ‘buy Australian’

The website www.buyaustralianmade.com.au is not much fancier than a listing business - a directory. But it is being launched at a time when many manufacturers, especially in regional areas, are finding it tougher to sell their products through traditional retail outlets as the major chains cull their product lines.

Website of the Week: HelpMeChoose.com.au

Last year, the continued emergence of online consumer voice and choice collided with the global economic downturn, delivering consumers both the will and tools to demand a greater level of accountability from their financial service purchases. Enter HelpMeChoose.com.au...

Anthill dropped its knickers last week. With your help, we’re hoping to get a...

Thanks to your passion for Anthill, your hard work spruiking the virtues of Anthill to your personal networks, we debuted as one of the Top 50 Business & Finance sites in Australia, according to Nielsen's Business & Finance Index. This is very pleasing news indeed.

Anthill dropped its knickers last week. With your help, we're hoping to get a...

Thanks to your passion for Anthill, your hard work spruiking the virtues of Anthill to your personal networks, we debuted as one of the Top 50 Business & Finance sites in Australia, according to Nielsen's Business & Finance Index. This is very pleasing news indeed.

Customer convenience makes a comeback – Foodies lead the charge

Bucking the trend of customer inconvenience, some savvy entrepreneurs have carved out a lucrative niche for themselves in the online food industry by reinstating consumer convenience as King.

Website of the Week: Toxel – the inspiration station

Repetition is the enemy of creativity. How often have you begun the day with a grand vision for progress and change, only to end it with the nagging feeling that you’ve done much but achieved little? Time to get inspired.

Website of the Week: Asking machines to nag you, so humans don't have to

HassleMe.co.uk is a simple internet service that allows you to enter a recurring message to yourself and set the time intervals between reminders. For example, you may choose to receive a reminder email every day to "Do some exercise" or to be asked every six months: "How many people want to buy your business?"

Website of the Week: Asking machines to nag you, so humans don’t have to

HassleMe.co.uk is a simple internet service that allows you to enter a recurring message to yourself and set the time intervals between reminders. For example, you may choose to receive a reminder email every day to "Do some exercise" or to be asked every six months: "How many people want to buy your business?"

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.

Website of the Week: Intel sponsors… “Tomorrow”

Forget "Intel Inside". The world's biggest manufacturer of microprocessors has a new tagline: "Sponsors of Tomorrow". Intel's new three-year advertising campaign kicked off in May with the launch of a thoughtful new website, viral video ads and interactive display advertising in New York's Times Square and other branding hotspots around the globe.

Website of the Week: Intel sponsors… "Tomorrow"

Forget "Intel Inside". The world's biggest manufacturer of microprocessors has a new tagline: "Sponsors of Tomorrow". Intel's new three-year advertising campaign kicked off in May with the launch of a thoughtful new website, viral video ads and interactive display advertising in New York's Times Square and other branding hotspots around the globe.

Website of the Week: The Gruen Transfer

In shopping mall design, the "Gruen transfer" refers to the moment when consumers respond to "scripted disorientation" cues in the environment (of course, with the goal of soliciting a purchase). It shouldn't come as a surprise, therefore, that the website of the popular ABC television program of the same name is extremely effective at seducing visitors who wander through its pages, making departure feel almost impossible.

Website of the Week: We Are Hunted charts the music people are really listening...

There are lots of smart online tools for new music discovery (Pandora, last.fm, jango and imeem come to mind - most of which have become quite familiar with legal representatives of the music labels). But the idea of comprehensively aggregating the online listening and networking behaviour of users is a breakthrough.

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