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Five must-sees before Australian VCs will invest

In part three of our series on the capital raising cultures in Australia and the US, San Francisco-based Steve Anderson explores the five things Australian and US venture capitalist must see before they will invest in an early-stage company.

Just how important is data and information in a business?

When is the last time that you reviewed the status of clients for your business? More specifically, how many of you could answer the following...

HOW TO RECRUIT THE BEST PEOPLE with Sam Chandler

Plenty of recruitment agencies have tallied the numbers and found that the average dud hire will cost an organisation between $50,000 and $70,000, factoring...

Entrepreneurial Americans with razor blades prepare to invade Australia. For real. [VIDEO]

If you were to ask me, “do you own the man in the bathroom?” I’d probably say, “no, but I’ve asked him to leave...

Efic’s new export loan will help SME exporters access finance faster and easier

Efic, Australia’s export finance agency, has launched the new Small Business Export Loan to help SME exporters access the finance easier and quicker

How can you help your business boom in foreign markets?

Taking your small business to the international stage can be very challenging particularly considering your small budget, limited international exposure, and economic uncertainties in...

ACCC’s decision against Metcash-Franklins deal ‘defies logic’, says IGA Chairman Mick Daly

Leon and Garry talk to the IGA National Board Chairman, Mick Daly, about the grocery industry and the Australian retail environment. In particular, he has much to say on the success of Metcash, IGA’s principal wholesaler, against competitors Woolworths and Coles, and the looming showdown with the ACCC over Metcash’s plans to acquire the Franklins supermarket chain.

Meet Reactive, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Category]

Reactive is one of Australia's largest and longest-running digital agencies. It was started in 1997 when its two founders, Tim Fouhy and Tim O'Neill were both 21 years old. Today, the agency has a multinational footprint, with full-service offices (not just sales staff) in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Auckland and New York.

The lost interview with Steve Jobs: a must watch for every entrepreneur [VIDEO]

It still seems a little impossible to believe that Steve Jobs died just over two years ago. Regardless of what you think of him as...

Omega-3 oils from algae? Yes, we are closer than ever.

UniQuest is to grant Qponics an exclusive worldwide license to commercially produce and sell omega-3 oil and high-protein biomass from the algae developed by the University of Queensland

Australian innovation lets the people of PNG pay for electricity using mobile phone credits...

The rapid adoption of this service highlights the suitability of mobile payment technology in developing countries, which often do not have access to the same payment methods and services available in developed markets. It also highlights a trend that Australian software and application developers best not ignore.

Melbourne start-up ParentPaperwork enters the UK via a partnership with a company co-founded by...

Melbourne start-up ParentPaperwork will soon have its online forms platform in more than 5,000 UK schools via a partnership with edu-tech provider Groupcall

Talking Business Analysis: Of bank bashing and business survival

RMIT Economist Sinclair Davidson looks at the ABS report showing only a slight decline in the total number of businesses in Australia. He criticises an Opposition proposal to rein in the banks and weighs the pros and cons of a plan for the post office to operate financial shopfronts.

Understanding India: Building bridges to export success

Is India really the new China for budding Australian exporters? Darren Baguley examines this complex trading partner and wonders whether establishing a foothold on...

Australian dollar gets even closer to Greenback. Why this is bad news.

In this podcast, Leon and Garry talk about the soaring Australian dollar with the NAB predicting it will hit $US1.10 in the next six months. Treasurer Wayne Swan warns that it could erode tax revenue with manufacturing, agriculture and tourism the hardest hit. Exporters are calling for government assistance to offset the impact of a strong dollar.

Starting up is the easy part – here are the 3 key things to...

The difficulty lies in scaling. As an entrepreneur, it wasn’t starting up that I found difficult, but making the right calls that would allow my business to grow without losing the fundamental nature of what I wanted it to be.

Do exporters make better bosses?

At a time of global economic uncertainty, the issue of trade and employment is becoming the focus of public debate - particularly with news of large scale redundancies in the media. If this trend continues, there is the risk of increased calls for protectionism here in Australia (as has already occurred in the USA). This is a concern because we all know what has happened in the past when the world has returned to protectionism - mass unemployment, inequality and conflict extending well beyond the trade sphere.

Steve Jobs on what separates the dreamers from the do-ers [VIDEO]

This is short video from an 1994 interview with Steve Jobs. What does Jobs believe separates the dreamers from the do-ers? He states two things: being willing...

Spacer acquires space sharing pioneer Roost, to take on the $28 billlion U.S. self...

Valued at $28 billion, the U.S represents the largest self-storage market internationally, approximately 33 times the size of the Australian market. This follows Spacer’s success since launch in October 2015.

Six lessons from six years of product development (featuring six York Butter Factory cameos)

It's often said in show business that there's no such thing as an 'overnight' success. The same can be said in Startup Land. Even Groupon,...
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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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How to confidently raise venture capital… with Jack Delosa [CHEAT SHEET]

Need to raise capital for your new business venture? First, you need to understand how investors think! So, you wanto to acquire cappital? But, as...

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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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