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Little idea to big execution – part two

In part one of this series, we began to incubate your idea, validated that customers actually existed, that they were willing to engage with...

Dead peeps and deleted tweets reveal some home truths. (Are you in control of...

Everything on the public web gets indexed and cached by Google, so even when we delete something it is still publicly accessible. The crisp click you hear when you hit the Enter key and send personal information into the digital wild is the sound of you relinquishing complete control over that information.

Anthill hosts Australia’s most elevated elevator pitch

On Thursday, eight Anthillians were given a pitching opportunity like no other -- access to two prominent Australian investors in a hot-air balloon, while floating over Victoria's Yarra Valley. Some might call it, Australia's most elevated elevator pitch! Seven entrepreneurs (and Anthill founder James Tuckerman) earned the opportunity to 'hang' with AngelCube's Adrian Stone and Adventure Capital's Darcy Naunton... some 2,000 feet in the air.

More lessons for every entrepreneur from the final episode of Season 4 of Game...

The final episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones, The Children, yielded some interesting lessons. And, as with last week and the one...

Crowdsourcing crisis: Should 'Idea Bounty' be renamed 'Discount Idea Store'?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here at Anthill, we've taken a particular interest in the evolving concept of crowdsourcing, and specifically the growing practice of companies sourcing creative ideas and designs from the crowd online. Crowdsourcing is a bone of contention in the Anthill community. For yet another view, here we publish the thoughts of Paul Cornwell, Partner at creative agency BCM Partnership, on Unilever's recent use of crowdsourcing website Idea Bounty to source creative ideas for its Peperami brand.

Great startup advice from Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Anthillian, founder and 2009 Cool Company Awards judge Steve Sammartino yesterday had the good fortune to meet Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He asked Greenfield for his number one tip for entrepreneurs starting up a business. Greenfield, generous guy that he is, offered two. Sammartino videoed it.

Microsoft CEO asked to sign a student's Macbook. Scribbles something almost funny.

When a plucky young Apple fanboy asked Ballmer to sign his Macbook during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Microsoft Motivator-in-Chief played along, even scrawling a personal note along with his name.

The 10 best strategic business slides of all time: #1 — The Hedgehog

Nigel Malone keeps his favourite ten keynote slides related to strategic business development – his “Ten Commandments” – close to his chest at all times. Okay, sometimes he puts them down to bathe, but they are never far from his thinking.

15 new year business resolutions you should start NOW.

The new year is a perfect time to clean out your desk, head and bad habits. Rowena Murray offers 15 tips for streamlining your business, renewing focus and retuning for a bumper 2010.

Finding the moment where everything ‘clicks’ into place

So there I was, punching my pillow, questioning everything: why my life wasn’t working, why I my work life wasn't satisfying, why I felt directionless and why the universe was so cruel. Dad had recently passed away at the age of 52 from a brain tumour. I was just 23 years old and had my world thrown into complete chaos. I didn’t know who I was anymore, I was depressed and I was angry.

What makes women click?

The web and email content that women find interesting is radically different to the content that interests men. So it stands to reason that engaging men and women online requires fundamentally different strategies.

Is this a J-curve or the first half of a W-curve? (LinkedIn Discussion)

Every now and then one of our LinkedIn Group members poses a question or starts a discussion that we'd like to present to the broader Anthill community. We, too, have been feeling something in the air. But are our antennae twitching prematurely?

Why Buttons ‘n’ Threads chose to pivot its startup using crowd funding

After more than six months of research and vetting suppliers my co-founder, Sanchit Baweja, and I launched Buttons ‘n’ Threads in September of 2013....

Anthill goes global and causes some serious outrage. (C’mon! What’s in a name? Really!?)

You may have already caught wind that something major is afoot at Anthill. Over the past few weeks, we've watched 200 Anthillians happily rampage through...

How to grow your business and profits with three red hot tips from Jason...

Jason Cunningham tells us he is a CPA – a “car parking attendant.” Wait, he means “certified practising accountant.” That’s more like it, eh? Seriously,...

Read the most important books of the year in less than 30 seconds each

"Book Rapper was born out of the idea of earning money from doing the things that I love. I love reading books so I asked myself, how can I get paid to read books? I knew I didn't just want to do reviews because I think what a book is about is almost like the booby prize. I want to know what the big ideas are but more importantly I want to know how to apply them."

Lessons from the young rich

The more I have seen in business, the more I’ve learnt the importance of learning from people who have achieved the results you are looking for. These days many people are willing to give advice. The question is: what advice do you take on?

Open data or bust: the road to the digital public square

All of us would applaud moves toward greater openness and transparency in government, but is the bureaucracy ready to reveal all its cards by making hard-to-find data available in web and mobile device software applications?

What do the PM and The Fonz have in common?

The AFR's Peter Ruel contributed a great piece to today's news cycle, bound to delight anyone who watched the PM's exhausting attempt on the ABC's Lateline earlier this week to avoid sharing his thoughts on 'what level the public debt is likely to go'.

The Rise of the Social Economy, Part 1: What is social media really?

It seems as if every company is now looking to social media as a marketing panacea for the woes of the GFC. In this three-part series, Mark Cameron takes a close look at the social media landscape, describes some of the 'platforms', examines how these are changing the market place and outlines a strategic framework for deploying social media as a branding, marketing, PR and intelligence tool.
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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...