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Creative laser projections supercharge building facades

Here's a new "projection" technology that is sure to turn heads. These hypnotic 3D video mapping projections are the work of Dutch creative agency NuFormer Digital Media, which employs a battery of powerful projectors to render the effect on buildings of any size. Awesome.

Green goes mainstream

ECO ENTREPRENEURS It took a while, but even the most hardened sceptics now acknowledge the reality of global warming and other damaging human footprints...

Prepping to win

Every year, a handful of Australian entrepreneurs win recognition though high profile business plan competitions staged throughout Australia. Along with prestige and expectation, they...

Amanda Stevens – Splash MD

Like most people, Amanda Stevens, 32, knows men and women are different. Her big idea, however, was to use this knowledge for competitive advantage....

Aussie biotechs

BIOTECH BULLANTS: BORN GLOBAL? If ever a local industry was defined by its fortunes overseas, it is biotechnology. Things have not been all rosy for...

Anne-Marie Birkill – i.lab CEO

For Anne-Marie Birkill, CEO of i.lab technology incubator, life has been rather serendipitous. Graduating with a science degree, she fell into plant biotechnology, where a short-term secondment to Brisbane transformed her into General Manager and 25 percent shareholder within two years. So began a twenty year career spanning management, consulting, lecturing and new technology incubation.

How to succeed in 2007

NEW YEAR, FRESH START Ever dreamed of ditching the day job? Swapping from salary slave to enterprising entrepreneur? Of course you have. But what...

Wil Anderson – Comedian

Discovering that you just don't cut it as a stand-up comedian must be one of life's tougher lessons. Wil Anderson is thankful this never happened to him, but he has learnt a trick or two on his journey from the Canberra Press Gallery to a theatre near you.

Sharpening entrepreneurial minds

Bootstrapping entrepreneurs might think the hallowed halls of academia are for those avoiding the cut and thrust of the private sector. After all, an MBA is for those looking to skip a few rungs on that creaky old corporate ladder. Right? Wrong. Business schools around the country are now focused on supporting and developing your entrepreneurial streak. More than ever before, higher learning is one ticket to start-up success.

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Dr Don Fry – Aussie all-rounder

Dr Don Fry's ultimate objective in life is to see every home on Earth powered by sun and water. As owner and director of AIMTEK, Fry has designed and built 225 ships and trained 1,000 apprentices. Now he wants to fly from Sydney to London in two hours and unleash the sun's nuclear power.

Your customer is always right. Are you?

You might think that your product or service is the best in the world, but you might also need your head read. Market research is one of the best ways to get into the minds of customers. And it's no longer the expensive and exclusive domain of big corporates. Hell, you don't even need a clipboard! Jodie O'Keeffe reports.

Pete Thomond – Disruptive innovator

Pete Thomond spent the past four and a half years working out the secrets of successful innovation. The British academic and business consultant was co-manager of the "Disrupt-it" project, a €3 million European Commission co-sponsored programme of research and business tool development. Now he's spreading the word downunder, as a Research Fellow and innovation consultant at the Brisbane Graduate School of Business. At 29, he's young, but how many people do you know with a PhD in disruptive innovation?

Regional tech

For the most part, we Australians huddle in and around our eastern seaboard cities, with healthy respect for the harsh realities inland. But there's more to Australia's tech sector than MBA-educated entrepreneurs and wealthy investors in Sydney and Melbourne. As globalisation levels the international playing field, so the performance gap between urban elites and regional innovators narrows.

Tony Surtees – Enterprise creator

Highly acclaimed marketing expert Tony Surtees prefers to avoid labels. If he had to nominate one for himself, it would be 'enterprise creator'. His particular ability is to assess changing market places and pick future trends, uncovering opportunities. He lets us in on some tricks learnt so far in his glittering global career.

Working with fear

If you ever feel under the pump at work, spare a thought for these three professionals. How would you have dealt with the pressure to win gold placed on Cathy Freeman at the Sydney Olympics? Perhaps the intensity that greets a police sniper at a siege would be more to your taste? Could you have surmounted your own vertigo to launch the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb business? When it's your job to deal with fear, you'd better learn fast.

The big house

A prison sentence early in life can dash the hopes of a would-be entrepreneur. Or it can fuel them. In the youth unit at Port Phillip Prison, rock bottom gives way to the bottom line as teenaged inmates become CEOs. Jodie O'Keeffe clears security to find out what it takes to build a business behind bars.

New Year, Fresh Start: 2006

Traditionally, as the year winds down and temperatures soar, Australia's professionals forsake the board room for the beach and barbeques. This summer, take advantage...

Parallel parking

Technology parks, incubators and enterprise centres. Some of the world's best high-tech R&D emanates from technology parks and Australia’s technology parks are world class. The...
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Five essential things to get right if you want to raise...

So you’ve got a brilliant idea, or maybe you’ve even started building your nascent business, but you think it might help to bring on some extra money. You try to raise the money, but wherever you go it seems there are roadblocks and challenges, and it’s difficult to know where to start. To help tackle this tricky tropic, we interviewed Bryan Vadas. He’s the founder of iPledg (Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform for creative, commercial, charitable and community projects) and Capital Exchange Australia (an education and funding platform for startups).

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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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