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What is Anthill? It's a business magazine. What’s it about? It's about innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid business growth. Until Anthill was launched in September 2003, the bulk of existing business titles in Australia were mainly concerned with issues of relevance to small/micro businesses or large corporations (one or the other). Anthill was developed to bridge this gap, appealing to highly innovative and ambitious ‘fast’ growth businesses - SMEs with rapid growth potential and larger companies that realise the value of reinvention to stay ahead. It does not focus on the traditional ‘nuts and bolts’ of business development (although this is a key element of editorial content), but instead it highlights the inspiring thrills, spills, trials and tribulations of business development and rapid commercial growth. Business can and should be fun, right!

Strategy: Is your idea really an opportunity?

All new business ventures start with an idea. However, not all ideas can (nor should) become business ventures. Being able to efficiently differentiate between...

‘A-Ha’ moments

Simplicity is the common thread that links all great ideas. and sometimes they arrive like a lightning bolt. We asked three innovators about their...

Making a killing

Are you ready to rumble? These six young entrepreneurs have a net worth exceeding $100 million... and their average age is only 32! There is...

Why big companies are morons

Why is it that the endless opportunities available to large Australian companies - through their vast resources and global networks - are all too...

Wireless Nation

Internet junkies are shedding their umbilical cables and roaming the streets. The nation is going wireless, heralding a revolution more profound than the birth...

Strategy: Tips and traps for business developers

Securing competitive advantage Before spending a single dollar launching your new venture, you should have a clear view of how it is going to compete...

Marketing: The secrets to web success

How does your website fit into your overall marketing strategy? If you don't know, then it's time to review your online activities. When the Internet...

Legal: Getting strategic with your intellectual assets

Intellectual asset management (IAM) is the catch cry of 21st century innovators. Innovation is no longer reactive to market forces; it is a proactive...

John Brumby – No Oxymoron

Innovation and good fiscal management are unlikely bedfellows. Yet when Victoria's chief number cruncher Treasurer John Brumby adopted the Minister for Innovation mantel in...

Strategy: Attracting capital – are you ready?

The statistics are disturbing. A typical venture capital (VC) firm receives around 1,000 business plans a year, and quickly rejects 90% without a detailed...

Ant Bytes — AA06

BACK-ISSUE BULL-ANTS Glass of steel If you’ve been with Australian Anthill since issue #1 (Sep/Oct 2003), you might remember one of the first herd of bull-ants...

Marketing: The art of giving

Could the art of giving be the key to boosting your sales, motivating your employees and enhancing your market position?  According to a US...

Steve Vamos: Aussie growth and humble pie

What do you do when you your market is finite and your brand is ubiquitous? That is the challenge faced by Microsoft Australia’s Managing...

Where’s the gold?

Imagine if Australia's innovators and entrepreneurs received the same media attention as sporting celebrities. Maybe we would find Ziggy Switkowski being tested for caffeine ingestion...

Pumping out the IT

Software companies are not the cash cows they used to be. Most software development is done for internal use or on a bespoke basis....

Legal: Spam – not in a can

The Spam Act became law on 12 December 2003 with a proviso that its penalty provisions would come into effect 120 days later -...

The Entrepreneur vs. Venture Capitalist

A meeting of minds or clash of heads? It is little wonder that only a small proportion of investment proposals ever successfully attract venture capital....

The business of ‘Keeping Us Safe’

For technology entrepreneurs, the war on terror has become the next Y2k. Governments are pumping dollars into defence and security with a level of...

John Wolpert: Extreme Blue turns true blue

John Wolpert is best known for his work as Lab Director of IBM's incubator for technology and business concept innovation, Extreme Blue. However, his...

Book reviews

Against the odds James Dyson Orion Business Books, 1997 "...no one, these days, can be arsed with the intellectual open-mindedness it takes for a Renaissance." James Dyson James...

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How Master the Art of Sales Even if it Makes You...

The art of selling is a social minefield. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a ham-fisted, awkward or just plain obnoxious sales conversation? Of course you have! Why is it that some sales conversations magically delight, while others make us want to manically bolt for the door? This Phil Anderson FREE CHEAT SHEET will help you to master the art of sales!

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How to expand into New Markets with Elsita Meyer-Brandt [CHEAT SHEET]

Most organisations begin with aspirations to start local, then grow global. But, in reality, very few ever take the big leap into new markets. In this Cheat Sheet, Elsita Meyer-Brandt, Head of Market Expansion and International Marketing for Eventbrite, shares five rules to help organisations, just like yours, expand into new markets.

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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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