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Future Fellowship research grants try to stem Australia’s brain drain

The government's Future Fellowships program hands out money to researchers at the midpoint of their careers. In other words, Canberra is trying its darnedest to put a plug in Australia's brain drain.

Leaked Microsoft Courier footage: Is this the Tablet to rival Apple?

According to many, tablets are the future of media and will be the saviour of journalism. While the Apple Tablet remains one of the most hyped (and mysterious) upcoming devices, Microsoft has entered the fray. And guess what? Technology website Gizmodo has somehow scored leaked footage of what Microsoft is calling its Courier.

How migrant salaries should influence Australia’s foreign aid policies

RMIT economist Alberto Posso talks about the latest unemployment data and the issue of remittances from migrants sending money home to their families. Download this podcast to hear his take on how remittances can shape the government’s foreign aid policy.

A quick history of the biggest Bitcoin crashes in the last 10 years [INFOGRAPHIC]

Bitcoin is undoubtedly the most popular cryptocurrency. It is mined, stored and transferred online. The history of Bitcoin dates back to January 3, 2009 when the block chain was officially launched.

8 entrepreneurial skills you should teach your kids today [INFOGRAPHIC]

The same skills that entrepreneurs learn in the great game of business can be just as well be taught to the children of today and boost their creativity

Are daily deal sites recession-proof? Catchoftheday founder Gabby Leibovich says yes. [PODCAST]

Gabby Leibovich has established himself at the forefront of the online deals industry in Australia with two very popular sites, CatchOfTheDay and Scoopon. In this podcast, Leibovich explains the business model that he believes has allowed him to weather the GFC and pinpoints the challenges that traditional, physical department stores must now face.

Colour him ‘green’: Clean tech for car paint earns Victoria Prize

Gutowski’s work addressed a waste problem faced by the auto industry, which uses 9.68 million litres of paints a year in manufacturing, with all solvents becoming airborne and 2.5 million litres of solids going to landfills.

Ethical food advocates demand ACCC investigate Coles and Woolworths. Are farmers and families being...

Australian local food pioneers Food Connect and CERES Fair Food have joined with the National Farmers Federation to call on the ACCC to break up Australia's supermarket duopoly and ensure a more just, equitable and sustainable food future for Australian families.

Talking Business Analysis: Are consumers growing more frugal?

RMIT economist Jonathan Boymal talks about interest rate rises, retail figures and falling building approval data. He sees evidence of high consumer confidence, but also observes a degree of risk aversion and cautious selectivity in the spending habits of consumers.

Aussie tech entrepreneurs dominate top 5 at the 2016 APAC Talent Unleashed awards

At an awards event in Melbourne, Richard Earl, Executive Chairman and Founder of Talent, announced the APAC regional winners for the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards, naming the most talented and disruptive entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific Region and demonstrating the strength and diversity of the APAC technology sector.

Have a genius idea for clean technology? The Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition says...

Climate change is the hot topic this week as PM Julia Gillard unveils her plan for a carbon tax. Never the wall-flower, Innovation Minister Kim Carr also wants to see Australia become a driving force in cleantech innovation, last week launching The Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition.

What makes online retail guru Ruslan Kogan tick?

In this week's interview, Ruslan Kogan, founder and chief executive of Kogan (formerly Kogan Technologies) and recent Anthill 30under30 winner, discusses his take on changes being wrought in retail by direct to public online traders. Word of mouth, service and good value are the keys to success, he says, and his company has just reported a 48 percent quarterly rise in revenue at a time when High Street retailers are feeling the pinch.

Female SME business owners need to think beyond the million-dollar mark says this leading serial...

Top SME business growth program, Acceler8 Academy is expanding from its Brisbane base into Sydney and Melbourne, following its success in helping over 200 Australian female founders turn around their businesses.

Start-ups win big as both sides of politics put innovation on the national agenda

StartupAUS welcomed Labor’s plan to support start-ups and push for an ‘innovation nation’, excited to see the significant focus from both sides of politics

Phoenix companies are on the rise in Australia, according to research

Corporate remnants of the global financial crisis are back. According to new research by Vera Advantage Bureau, “phoenix companies” are on the rise. These companies have come back in the guise of new entities and are hiding their bad credit history by starting over on a clean slate. According to the report, the news has spooked many business owners.

Turnbull Government spends $280,000 and partners with Microsoft to bring one of the world’s...

The Turnbull Government has announced $280,000 to bring one of the world’s top start-up accelerators, MassChallenge, to Australia to help local start-up

Facts and figures: retail trade and engineering construction

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Alberto Posso talks to Leon and Garry about retail trade and engineering construction figures.

2009 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year announced

Georgina Rinehart, Chairman of Hancock Prospecting, was named the 2009 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Want to learn Mandarin? A Melbourne startup shows off its ‘Mad’ language learning approach...

As a native English speaker, Matthew Ho was once frustrated by his attempts to learn Mandarin. This week, he's in Beijing showing off just how fun and addictive the language can be. Ho and his startup, Native Tongue, have been promoting Mandarin Madness, an educational gaming application, at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing.

Qantas is looking for the best startups and digital disruptors for its innovation agenda

As well as access to Qantas and industry mentors, participants will be able to tap into some of the Qantas Group’s operational data, technology platforms and anonymised customer insights to bring their ideas to life.

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The Facebook Honey Trap with James Tuckerman [CHEAT SHEET]

This cheat sheet was developed to help small business operators harness the incomparable (and undeniable) potency of Facebook to recruit fans, spread the word, and (most importantly) generate inbound business.

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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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