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Why slamming the brakes can be a great product strategy… just ask my dog

During a recent visit to the off-leash park my dog was being jostled either side by a couple of rouge, running hounds. Instead of carrying on, enduring the torment of being corralled by the hecklers, my dog stopped, stood tall, and let them go past. Then she changed course and reasserted herself. This has been the strategy of Intel, Hollywood and independent schools.

Gen-Y forced to rent, loan and swap their way to the products they want

Being a member of Generation Y sure ain’t cheap. According to a new study by credit card big-wig American Express, Australians aged 18-24 have been priced out of owning assets that previous generations took as a given. Instead, they’re opting for the more wallet friendly renting, loaning and swapping.

Janine Allis delivers a much needed boost for Gen Y

Generation Y has been slammed in the media for a lack of work ethic. To find out what business leaders think, Jack Delosa caught up with Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice, to learn about how she turned this generation into her greatest asset and what Gen Ys can do to take advantage of the recent media attention.

City of Melbourne grants $55,000 for local business to start up and expand

The name of the seven recipients of the City of Melbourne’s 2011 Small Business Grants, Social Enterprise and Micro Business Grants Program have just been announced. The total of the grants amount to $55,000 which will allow Melbourne’s businesses to start up and expand.

What makes an entrepreneur? Ernst & Young takes a stab [REPORT: Nature or Nurture:...

According to Ernst & Young, there is no entrepreneur gene. However, many do possess certain characteristics that have proven vital to their success. For its report titled Nature or Nurture: Decoding the Entrepreneur, business advisory behemoth Ernst & Young surveyed 685 entrepreneurs from all over the world and interviewed winners of its Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Fanshake's Dana Al Salem talks about commercial ways to harness 'fan love'

In this podcast, Fanshake's Dana Al Salem tells Brad Howarth about the opportunities for brands of all kinds to engage with the people that love them and gives some tips on how to work with that most fickle of audiences, like Generation Y.

CSIRO scientists break ground with mapping of Alzheimer’s protein [INNOVATOR]

A team of scientists, led by Dr Jose Varghese at CSIRO, has focused its research on a destructive protein known as amyloid beta, which assembles itself in the brain and builds up plaque that is associated with Alzheimer's disease.

New tool for rebuilding after disaster

The insurance industry is notoriously cumbersome after a natural disaster. The trauma of rebuilding negotiations often compounds that of the original event. The good news is an award-winning ‘track-and-trace’ approach to claims handling hopes to reduce turnaround time by up to 60%.

Sensis launches tour to help SMEs enter the digital age

Sensis reports have found that almost half of Australian SMEs are missing an online presence and that most lack a digital strategy, prompting a tour across Australia to help businesses enter the digital world.

Is Internet access a basic human right? 7 out of 10 Aussies think so.

Nearly seven out of 10 Australians see access to the Internet as a basic human right, according to an online -- and not particularly scientific -- survey by Compare Broadband. But a basic human right? Really?

The UQ Business School has announced its Enterprize 2011 finalists

The University of Queensland Business School has announced the five finalists of its 2011 Enterprize competition. A drug to the delay the progression of cataracts, a stopping corrosion low-cost chemical mix, an environment friendly fabrication technology, an online international patent search tool and an internet hub that hosts competitions to build predictive models are the five ideas behind the finalists of the business competition.

Why Laurie Oakes called Julia Gillard a ‘pygmy’ at last night’s Walkey Awards

Last night, at the 55th Annual Walkley Awards, veteran television political reporter Laurie Oakes was honoured with the award for the most outstanding piece of journalism for his coverage of the Labor leaks during the federal election campaign. In addition to calling Prime Minister Julia Gillard's stance on WikiLeaks "ridiculous", he also posed the question, with typical dry humour, "When did 'leak' become a four letter word?"

Interface Innovation and Inovia join forces to launch online patent filing service

Interface Innovation and Inovia have given hands to launch a new online patent filing platform which will allow Australian innovators to file patents overseas. According to Dr. Kiki Tanousis, a director of Interface innovation, the new online service aims to drop the prices of filing patents overseas, which is one of the most costly processes in the patenting process.

Australian workforce among the most optimistic and mobile in the world

The new Randstad Workmonitor index places the Australian workforce among the most optimistic in world with 81% of the respondents stating they were confident of finding a new job. The index also places the Australian workers among the most mobile with 21% of the respondents saying they changed jobs in the last six months. Could there be a correlation?

Australian, French researchers team up to battle Parkinson’s disease

Researchers in Australia and France will work together to fight Parkinson's disease and similar neurodegenerative maladies, using funds from a program managed by the nation's governments.

Research: high income earners happy but lack employer loyalty

In February, top level recruitment site Six Figures published its 2010 Executive Career Monitor Report. The report was compiled from a survey in late 2009 (in conjunction with talent site Destination Talent) of 1,332 Australian high income earners, with the findings being released at a breakfast meeting in Melbourne on 2nd March.

AusIndustry business grants… a summary for 2010.

Last week, I was fortunate to be among a small group of people who attended Anthill's Grant Funding by Design Masterclass, in partnership with Design Victoria. In addition to providing an extremely candid explanation of what grant assessors are looking for, AusIndustry's Samara Fitzgerald-Gelnay provided an extremely helpful document on the programs and grants available to growing, innovative Australian businesses through AusIndustry.

GoGet adds an electric vehicle to its Melbourne car fleet

In collaboration with several community and governmental organisations, Australian car sharing service GoGet has added the first fully electric vehicle to its Melbourne fleet.

Fanshake’s Dana Al Salem talks about commercial ways to harness ‘fan love’

In this podcast, Fanshake's Dana Al Salem tells Brad Howarth about the opportunities for brands of all kinds to engage with the people that love them and gives some tips on how to work with that most fickle of audiences, like Generation Y.

Report shows that 65% of Australian businesses don’t have a website [and are falling...

MYOB Business Monitor latest research reveals that 65% of Australia businesses don't have a website, while more and more Australians are buying online. This means that Australian businesses risk losing a big share of the market to global competitors like Amazon.
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