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Sowing seeds of knowledge

Whether you seek answers to the meaning of life or hourly updates on Angelina Jolie’s weight, the right information in this digital age is...

Cleantech bull-ants

There can be no more important mission for today’s innovators than saving the planet. In Australia, the cleantech industry recently rose to the challenge...

Clean is the new green

Not so long ago, cleantech was an indulgence reserved for tech geeks, fringe-dwelling eco-activists and latte liberals crusading against their own existential guilt. Today,...

Life savers

Most of us agree that technology is great. It feeds us information, speeds things along, connects people scattered around the globe and means we...

The window dressers

Advertising firms could be forgiven for feeling under siege. After all, it’s tough to get your message through in a world of broadband internet,...

Next big thing awards 2007

The wheel. The print press. The gun. The railway. Electricity. Photography. The aeroplane. The microchip. The internet. (The iPod?) Could such epochs in human...

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...

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...

The full package

About four years ago I took a break from my day job and went to Hollywood to chase Australian actors and filmmakers. The idea was to write a piece for Rolling Stone Australia on the lives of Aussie expats working in the entertainment industry. It was a similar project to one I had done a year earlier looking into the lives of expats in the technology equivalent of Hollywood - San Francisco's Bay Area.

Baby business

Most people will always forfeit personal luxury to provide for their baby. It's no wonder that the baby industry is perpetually booming. Liz Heynes and Catherine Kerstjens take a look at five Australian companies on the move in an industry where only the best will do.

Medical tech: Good for what ails you

We often associate high tech with exciting gadgets, but it's easy to forget that technological advancements are responsible for saving thousands of lives every day. It's big business, with profound purpose. Catherine Kerstjens and Liz Heynes profile six "Medical and Scientific" category finalists from the 2006 Australian Design Awards.

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.

Defence tech

In these pensive days, where a backpacker on a bus could pose more of a threat than a cave-dwelling Taliban, Governments and corporations are hungry for technology that will help secure their people and resources. It has fed a boom in the defence tech sector; a world of cutting-edge machinery and multi-million dollar contracts, and home to some of the world's keenest strategic and technical minds. Several Australian companies are emerging as genuine players in this highly competitive space. Liz Heynes and Catherine Kerstjens take a look at six on this new front line.

Sports tech

Sleight of hand

Sleight of hand: mobile comes of age In the developed world, mobile phone ownership is nearing saturation point. In some technology-obsessed countries (like Singapore), it...

Biotech Bull-ants

Our biotechnologists are making all manner of discoveries across a diverse range of sectors, generating lucrative commercial opportunities along the way. Roving Anthillians Lize...

For when the bell tolls

Profit is often assumed to be the bottom line for many entrepreneurs. But some innovations are about more than lining pockets. While most new...

Kings of cool

What's better than creating a successful business? Doing it with style! Most companies are content to provide a useful product or service. But for a...

From little things, big things grow

Like every great technological epoch, the nanotech revolution appears unstoppable. The companies and societies that adapt best will thrive. Those that don’t will perish. Fortunately,...

Green Tech: innovations that won’t cost the earth

As Mother Earth groans under the weight of human progress, smart and efficient environmental technologies are gaining currency. Global warming, dwindling power supplies, toxic...

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It’s often said that everyone will have at least one big business idea in his or her lifetime. But how do you know if your next big idea is genuinely great or a genuine waste of time? This cheat sheet will help you formulate ideas, identify opportunities, evaluate their strengths and take your first big step forward. Learn how to get focus and clarity. Plus, score a bonus tip that will help you more than you might think!

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Strategic Alliances with Simone Novello [FREE INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you heard the often touted claim that the average lifespan of a business is two years? Have you ever wondered why that is? Often, it’s because, in the rush and intensity of starting up, business owners get caught up in day-to-day op-erations and overlook fast growth opportunities, like strategic partnerships. In this FREE INFOGRAPHIC, Simone Novello helps to answer your three most common questions about how to harness the power of... FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.

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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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