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NSW Government shares sweet new plan for business growth

The NSW Government will make Sydney a global magnet for digital and ICT talent and pilot smart work hubs as part of its response to a high-level research in the form of the Industry Action Plan on the Digital Economy. Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner says the final Digital Economy Industry Action Plan identifies seven key areas of development for government and industry to position NSW as a global leader in the sector by 2021.

How Young Republic is bringing Aussie designers to the World

Sydney based Young Republic is setting their sights on becoming the go-to destination for designers and lovers of independent fashion all around the world with the launch of their new international online marketplace today.

Are digital movie rentals over-hyped?

There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about how the evolving digital world is already impacting the traditional movie rental business. Yes, it is true that Australian consumers are becoming more and more in control of “what they want, when they want”, but just how well are these new providers of digital movie rentals really fulfilling those needs?

11 tips for your business to get better profits

Businesses exist to make money. That’s not news right? And, if a company does not generate sufficient profits it may fail. That's not news either. Business bankruptcies are on the rise, with ASIC statistics show that 1123 companies were placed into receivership in February 2012. So, what can businesses do to get better profits?

BizExchange Index says private company values going wonky

Bad news just in from BizExchange: it seems that private company values are on the fritz, According to the BizExchange Index, fiscal reporting for the second-quarter of 2012 shows an increased number of failed businesses, while the number of businesses put up for sale dipped slightly over the first-quarter. In short, it looks like gloom and doom are in the forecast.

7 Lessons your business can learn from the London 2012 Olympics.

Now, other than immersion in the athleticism, is there anything else we can take from the recently concluded London 2012 Olympics? Well, there's plenty! The lessons our athletes have provided, some by having it the hard way on the world stage, are fully applicable in the business world. Some of the athletes will show you the right moves and others; well, they will show you exactly what you should avoid.

Why are CEOs world over worried about the future of their businesses?

Australian CEOs are sceptical about the next six months. Many were doubtful that overall business and economic conditions would improve by the end of the year. Less than a third (31%) thought they would be better in six months’ time, while almost one in four (22%) thought they would get worse.

The beliefs that limit your business growth

One of the most common complaints of business owners is ‘I don’t have enough time.’ The pressure the clock puts on how much you get done, how much your business grows, and how much profit you make is massive. Or is it?

Is it time for Iceland to turn over a new [maple] leaf?

Even four years after the collapse of Iceland’s economy, investment in the once much-fancied krona waivers. Now, a seemingly leftfield solution has been thrown into the mix: to reboot Iceland’s circumstances, the Nordic European island should adopt the Canadian loonie as its national currency.

Look after your backend

Who doesn’t want to be part of a fast-growing business? Rapid growth, however, can spell the downfall of your company if your backend operations are not in order.

Applications are now open for the 2012 30under30 awards!

30under30 is an Anthill initiative that was launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. The program provides...

Gen Y beating boomers in the revenue stakes, MYOB Business Monitor reveals

Gen Yers may be the only group within Australia’s small-to-medium operators to take heart from the latest MYOD Business Monitor. Despite an eye-watering eight-year low amongst SMEs’ economic confidence, Gen Y business operators were most likely to see positive revenue results over the last year.

To earn online, go for BPO, mobile apps or open standards web development, but...

When the economy gets tough, providing services over the Internet just gets better, according to a survey from Freelancer.com for the first quarter of 2012. The number of jobs listed rose from 140,000 to 170,000 in the first quarter of 2012. Some roles are star performers.

Built in Melbourne, made in China, now lighting camps in Pakistan

This one should be a tribute to our global village. Solar lanterns designed in Melbourne, made in China, bought by European, American and Japanese governments and distributed by the International Organisation for Migration to poor Pakistanis in camps.

Bringing coffee to a nation of tea drinkers, how Di Bella has taken on...

A Brisbane coffee mogul has beaten Starbucks at its own game. Launching into India, before the U.S. behemoth, Di Bella Coffee has had an overwhelming response from a nation of tea drinkers.

Ignite your clean energy tech business the Y Combinator way

Ignition Labs, Australia's first clean technology accelerator is looking for cool ideas. Using the model that has proven so successful for Y Combinator, Ignition Labs will help guide five clean technology companies into commercial viability. Have you got an idea that needs ignition?

Cool Company Awards Readers Choice 2013 [MAKE YOUR VOTE]

The Cool Company Awards Readers’ Choice Index was created to provide an opportunity for Anthill readers to vote on Cool Company Award finalists, in one of three ways: Commenting, Like-ing and Tweeting. This way, readers not only direct attention to a worthy cool company but also introduce new people to these awards.

If you’re not a cloud business, you’re doomed.

Zach Nelson is CEO of NetSuite. He was named one of the 10 Visionary CEOs of 2008 by InternetNews.com, after guiding the company through its 2007 IPO. He helmed it from startup to one of the world's leading cloud computing companies. So, it's not surprisingly that he should hold this view. Yes, he is biased. But is he wrong?

Is your role functional or is it vital? Chances are, you’re kidding yourself.

As you can imagine, I get sent books all the time. It's one of the perks of being 'Mr Anthill'. Despite being a prolific reader, only a few ever capture my attention. And an even smaller number capture my imagination. Several weeks ago, I was sent the Australian edition of 'Become a Key Person of Influence' by Daniel Priestly. I read it in an afternoon. And, several weeks on, my imagination is still buzzing.

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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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Three easy wins when using LinkedIn with David Hobson [FREE REPORT]

"If you’re pressed for time, I'm here to help." In this report, David Hobson will show you three quick wins - things you can do to pimp out your LinkedIn profile in 15 minutes or less.

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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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