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Think Silicon Valley, mate

Australian entrepreneurs with ambition need to add Silicon Valley to their horizons. The outlook is necessary to comprehend the sheer size of global markets, and to opens one’s mind to opportunities.

How one airline embraced the spirit of giving and surprised its customers on Christmas...

I'm doing a bit of flying this weekend. I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to get a surprise gift from my airline. Frankly, I'll be happy if the flights just depart on time. Spainair decided to do more than that for passengers on the last flight on Christmas Eve 2010.

YouTube rewinds the most watched videos of 2012 [VIDEO]

I apologise in advance. To discover what were the most watched YouTube videos in 2012, you will have to endure two of the most annoying songs of the year. Sorry.

What if shopping in real life was like shopping online? [VIDEO]

It should be a great experience, right? Wrong. There is really only one store that I can think of that makes shopping online easy, too easy....

Cardboard boxes – the best possible way to stimulate your imagination [VIDEO]

It's been a big year for vending machines. And, it's also been a big year for cardboard boxes. You've seen what one boy, Caine Monroy,...

2012 has been the year for viral vending machine videos [VIDEO]

It's been a big year for vending machines. This often overlooked mechanical devices have been the stars of many of the year's biggest viral videos to come out of the FMCG industry. Has the vending machine had it's moment in the spotlight, or will it's popularity continue on in 2013?

Dear Santa, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to fit a 3D printer down...

Sick of boring family portraits? You know the ones. When it all goes horribly wrong, the photos end up on Awkward Family Photos. No more! 3D printing has come to the rescue.

What did we search for this year? The Google Brand Zeitgeist will leave you...

There are a few surprises in the Google Brand Zeitgeist this year. For starters we were more likely to search for Gumtree than we were...

Broadcasting will not return to normal; the social media revolution has changed everything forever...

One in five divorces is blamed on Facebook. Justin Bieber has more Twitter followers than there are people living in Argentina. These are other fascinating statistics about our digital world pump along to Fat Boy Slim. This is the 2012 edition of the Social Media Revolution video.

Can Richard Branson solve the problem with the ‘war on drugs’? [VIDEO]

The 'war on drugs' has been raging and raging for almost all of my lifetime. And, frankly, I feel old. So, for this 'war' to...

Can a Mini Cooper predict the future more accurately than the Mayan prophecy? [VIDEO]

The new Mini Cooper roadster needed to reach a specific target audience, and mess with them. Just a little. So, Mini used a little bit of data, a little bit of internet evil and became psychic.

We’re pretty sure no dogs were harmed during the filming of this Christmas ad...

Whether it's a theme, like Back to the Eighties complete with Run DMC and Axel Rose costumes, or a more dressy affair, there's an outfit to be planned. Apparently, some people put a lot of thought, effort and planning into their office Christmas party outfit. This can lead to disaster.

Looking for your perfect tech developer? [VIDEO]

Developers are in high demand in any startup community. Without them, the great digital idea that you have remains just that, an idea. So, companies go to great lengths to find technology gurus.

Riddle me this. When is a shop not a shop? [VIDEO]

When is a shop, not a shop? When it's a cunningly, interconnected set of props held together with cable ties, that somehow seems to make music. Another Friday, another beer ad. Enjoy.

How Instagram has ruined almost everything [VIDEO]

Where do I start? How about, it includes two things that I really don't have much time for: Instagram photos and Nickelback. Yes, that about covers it.

Sorry, we spent our entire advertising budget on the prizes [VIDEO]

It's a novel way to promote an end-of-year giveaway, but sat nav producers TomTom have apologised in advance for their almost-rubbish video. Of course, it's an expensive, almost-rubbish video, but it's a fun approach.

Don’t always believe what you see, even if it’s on the internet [VIDEO]

If you're looking for an interesting party trick for this week's end of year parties, get yourself to a printer! This is almost like magic, but it's actually about perspective.

Making science fiction a reality: a robot that transforms before your eyes [VIDEO]

A Japanese man who likes to build robots as a hobby has created the first, real robot that transforms from a car into walking, shooting robot. Yes, it's real. Well, it's more real than various part of Megan Fox in the second Transformers movie.

Dumb ways to die, the sing-a-long version! [VIDEO]

As you're about to roll into the weekend, why not gather your friends and co-workers around, grab a beer and kick of the weekend with a sing-a-long to the karaoke version. It's team bonding at its best!

Easing kids into financial literacy and entrepreneurship

Kids at Switch seeks to not only foster financial literacy in students, but to do so in a way that taps their passions and sense of play into a sense of unshakeable purpose. The concept is inspired by the disparate influences of highly successful investors such as Robert Kiyosaki and Warren Buffett, and innovative educationists such as Sir Ken Robinson, besides Finland’s education system.

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How To Grow Your Business and Profits with Jason Cunningham [CHEAT...

Recorded guerrilla-style in the basement of York Butter Factory, the linked video course is a rollicking, authoritative lesson (with some colourful language, mind you) from someone who has been through it all. In this Cheat Sheet, we cover three hot tips from the lesson, with a focus on helping business owners grow and increase profitability: Why entrepreneurs need to think about “the end," why cash flow is king – no matter what you’ve heard, and why you need to have a vision for success.

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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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