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Why start-ups fail: a roundtable discussion on venture capital in Australia [PODCAST]

How great of a challenge do Australian entrepreneurs face in trying to set up their own businesses? You won't want to miss this special edition podcast, featuring eight (count 'em, eight!) influential investors and start-up specialists and their insights on promoting a healthy venture capital industry in Australia.

Queensland doubles down on Net-Zero with Low Carbon Accelerator

The Queensland government has doubled down on its activities to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 with the launch of a Low Carbon...

Ruslan Kogan, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Winner

This year marks a departure for Anthill and Ruslan Kogan, who hits the big 3-0 next month. An occasion for sadness, you say. Frankly, we at Anthill couldn't be happier. As we see it, one new spot on the 30sub30 for another Australian wunderkind just opened up. Besides, we're pretty sure the founder of Kogan Technologies, Australia's number one online electronics retailer, isn't leaving the headlines anytime soon.

An Aussie in Hong Kong wants to AUGMENT your iPhone via new Kickstarter

Tech startup RUBIX, has developed a Kickstarter campaign to launch its first offering: AUGMENT. AUGMENT is a modular charging solution for iPhone. The product lineup consists...

Two-year old start-up OneShift has acquired Australia’s leading mature age jobs board Adage

OneShift, the online job network which matches employees with employers, has acquired Australia’s leading mature age jobs board Adage. The jobs board and online community...

Bike Exchange CEO Jason Wyatt on getting into high gear with online retail [PODCAST]

Australia's top biking retail website, BikeExchange.com.au has rolled out some impressive numbers: 535,000 visitors every month, 85,000 database users and over 50,000 bicycles and cycling accessories sold since the site's inception in 2007. In this podcast, Leon and Garry have a chat with Bike Exchange CEO Jason Wyatt about his company's accomplishments and aspirations.
Fast CEO and Co-Founder Domm Holland

Payments startup Fast has secured A$30 million in a Series A round led by...

Fast will use the investment to accelerate the global rollout of Fast Checkout, its universal one-click purchase product for e-commerce and to further grow its product and engineering teams.

Don’t get taken for a ride by masqueraders, here’s how to spot a wantrepreneur

It feels to me like the so-called mentors, disingenuous startup advisors and pseudo entrepreneurs are cheating the guys who have actually been in the trenches - and charging a premium for their empty advice.

Who said the stock markets should be for millionaires alone? This app will invest...

Fintech start-up FirstStep wants to democratise investing and open it up to the masses, aiming to let anyone start investing by doing so in small way.

Barefoot Power: The giant strides of a ‘social enterprise’

It is tempting to call Barefoot Power the next best business model since microfinance. But combining social purpose with capitalism’s animal spirits should sound frightening, given what has happened to for-profit microfinance, notably in India.

Westpac has announced the finalists for its Innovation Challenge, they want your vote

Westpac recently announced the five finalists for its Innovation Challenge, a platform for entrepreneurs to put forward innovative new solutions to further improve Australia’s healthcare sector.

What Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and startup capital raising have in common

US President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize based not on his accomplishments but to “encourage his vision” is not dissimilar to an entrepreneur trying to raise capital for the first time. Kim Wingerei explains.

Breaking through barriers and achieving your goals with the help of a coach [PODCAST]

PreneurCast is a marketing podcast. Each week, author and marketer Pete Williams and digital media producer Dom Goucher discuss entrepreneurship, business, internet marketing and...

Expert360 secures a $13 million Series B round to shake up the consulting industry

The Series B investment will enable Expert360 to carve out a bigger slice of the $600B global consulting industry by offering a host of new features and functionality for both clients and consultants, as well as continued international expansion.

Meet Pollenizer, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Award Category]

Pollenizer provides all the services a business needs to create an online presence. Well and good. Australia is stuffed with companies that do that. Where Pollenizer sets itself apart is that it serves as a web-business' co-founder. In their own words, "we will be there from idea inception to launch and forward, with our team helping every step of the way." The organisation has 18 portfolio companies, 125 employees worldwide, $10 million raised and $50 million in valuation. And we did it in less than three years with only $1,000.

A small Aussie company has been named among the world’s top tech start-ups to...

Aussie-based Dsync has been named among the top 24 tech start-ups for 2016 by the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association

There’s way more to ‘the crowd’ than just finding funds and resources: The NeoLucida...

The NeoLucida Project began an idea of two art professors, Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin. They wanted to recreate an antique drawing device to...

Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures

Australian start-up success story and leading document productivity company, Nitro has secured US$15 million in funding (Series B round) from top tier US venture...

Top Brisbane businesswoman Sonia McDonald has been named among the top 250 female leaders...

Prominent Brisbane businesswoman Sonia McDonald has been named in digital business magazine Richtopia’s 250 Most Influential Women Leaders of the world

Australia’s emerging solar power pioneers face a cloudy future

It was the fastest car in its class in the 3,000-kilometre Global Green Challenge, but the engineering students who threw their time and talents into Sunswift IV to win their race to Adelaide face future uncertainty in our fragile renewable-energy sector.
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The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.

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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...

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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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