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Is this the best use of Twitter yet? ASCII Art takes on a whole...

Are you old enough to remember the hilarity of ASCII art in plain text chat services? You know, using just the characters on your keyboard to create a funny, or rude (gasp!), image within the chat stream? Well, add ASCII art to a Twitter stream and some magic happens.

Laurence Escalante, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Laurence Escalante, who suffered a crushing financial and personal blow with an earlier business, has a phoenix by the tailfeathers with his latest venture. Virtual Gaming Worlds might still be an early stage startup, but its concept of combining online games with online gambling has attracted some serious venture capital.

Innovators, trendsetters and industry leaders often started as hobbyists

In this little video, Tim O'Reilly, co-founder of O'Reilly Media, publisher of Make magazine, reminds us that most successful businesses started from the joy of making something new, or of taking something that already exists and making it better or faster or safer. Did the guy who invented the Slip 'N' Slide hope that, primarily, he'd make loads of scratch? Naw, he wanted to expand the idea of a toy his kids enjoyed.

SideTaker.com

In the age of YouTube, Facebook and Oprah, it should come as no surprise that people like to share their personal lives with the...

Finding the silver lining in cloud computing!

Even though the cloud has been changing business for the better, confusion about its definition and uncertainty about its benefits are still fairly widespread among SME business owners, said MYOB CEO Tim Reed.

It takes 100 cups of coffee to refine your start-up pitch

I often joke that it takes 100 cups of coffee to get a new start-up funded. Not because the investor is one out of 100 but because it takes a long time to get the story polished.

Netflix, wet weather and laziness are fuelling the Aussie home delivery industry, new research...

Young Australians are the keenest for airborne deliveries with 24 per cent of 18-24 year olds hoping drones can deliver their goods faster, compared to the national average of just 16 per cent.

Is this the best ever video about marketing? [VIDEO]

Woot! The clicks are through the roof! Everything's awesome! Order more stock! Hell, order more everything! Oh, wait... This brilliant ad from Adobe makes one very...

Australia’s first renewable and advanced energy startup accelerator program launches in Sydney

Four startups with a fledgling product or service will be selected to participate in the Acceleration Program and be supported through a mentored process to become a market ready, investable company.

DealFetch: Australia’s first location-based group buying aggregator?

Daily deals remain on a tear as innovation adds spice to the sector. First there were deal sites like Scoopon and Cudo. Then came the deal aggregators like AllTheDeals and BargainDesk. Now here is a deal aggregator with a local twist – a la BargainDesk meets Foursquare, if you will.

B2B Expo 2016 is a great place for Australian SME owners to meet, greet...

The inaugural B2BExpo 2016 scheduled for April 27-28, organised by Australian Business Forum (ABF), is an ideal forum for SME owners to meet and connect

Strategic insights – were they behind the couch the whole time?

Most successful business owners are on the hunt for strategic insights or what I call ‘light bulb moments’ - revelations that allow a business to take its next big step.

Adam Long, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Up-and-Comer

As one of the driving forces behind Engineers Without Borders Australia, a humanitarian assistance organization, Adam Long was well-versed in the art of helping others. Now he's striving to create a new buzz with a crowdsourcing venture that will bring designs to reality and to market.

This fintech startup is shining a light on the not-so-super sector for businesses and...

Australia’s first independent, employee choice-of-fund platform, Roll-it Super, has announced its pilot launch, with plans to shake-up Australia’s employer nominated (default) superannuation sector and awaken employers and employees to the critical role super fund selection plays in our financial futures.

Here are five lessons I’ve learned in moving from big corporates to a fintech...

Each of my varied roles – at Ford, Virigin, Optus, AMP and OFX - has taught me valuable lessons which I draw upon each day to both mine and my team’s benefit.

Even the genius of San Francisco tech companies can’t solve the hipster problem [VIDEO]

Oh great. This is just what we need. San Fransisco is about to become even smarter. Some of the greatest tech companies, and the minds behind them, are joining forces to solve the problems of the city itself.

Bring back the love: What is wrong with this ad? [VIDEO]

It's such a clever, funny and well written advertisement. But it always leaves me feeling strangely conflicted. It's extremely effective in its capacity to communicate a disruptive message. And its creators could almost be described as visionary, producing these insights well before the rise of the social web. But is it an effective tool for selling Search and Banner advertising?

The Rise of the Social Economy, Part 3: How to begin a social media...

Many companies have been adopting an approach to social media based on an assumption that it is ‘free’. They have set up accounts and hoped it will work. It won’t. Hope is not a strategy, and social media takes time to get right – so it can’t be free. So let’s walk through the basic steps.

A state-of-the art virtual and augmented reality complex is being set up in Wellington

A feasibility study for ProjectR has begun, which will include developing designs for the state-of-the-art complex, and has been funded by some Wellington-based IT and technology businesses, who are collaborating on the project.

Do you know the predictable stages of business growth? You need to [VIDEO]

This video from Inc., Les McKeown explains the seven predictable phases of business. But not just that, he explains the potential problems that a business...

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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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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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