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The future of business is not ‘Up In The Air’. It’s ‘Up In The...

From time to time, when I’m sitting in an airplane, I think about the movie “Up In the Air.” I’m not thinking about how the main character feels most comfortable when flying from place to place, or how he has the awful task of firing good people on the ground. No, I think of a certain scene where the lead, played by George Clooney, informs a person he’s just sacked that “anybody who ever built an empire or changed the world sat where you are now.”

Running a small business? Here’s the greatest lesson you’ll ever learn.

One of the pitfalls of being a small business owner is the strange belief that you've got to do everything, from scrubbing the floor...

Are we ready for a cloud-exclusive computer? Google thinks so. Meet the Chromebook.

In about a month, on 15 June, Google will push its Internet-based kingdom into a new realm. The big question is: Will users follow? The product is called Chromebook, and it will be the first device to run Chrome OS, the operating system based largely on Google's Chrome browser. Notice that we've not used the word "computer" in describing the Chromebook. And that's because it's something... different. It will run no software. Everything you see and do on a Chromebook will be pulled down from the cloud. Everything.

5.5 Lessons you might have missed at SydStart

In case you missed it, SydStart Autumn was held last week to the jubilation of entrepreneurs from all areas of the New South Wales start-up scene. Here are five (and a half) lessons gained from the event.

Sport’s digital future: cloud technology, social media, and other breakthroughs on the horizon

Advances in technology – including cloud computing, Software as a Service and the next generation of CRMs – are all changing the landscape for sporting organisations. However, the primary influence on sport’s digital future is not – strictly speaking – technology-based. Social media, and the ways organisations and their stakeholders are using it, are redefining what it means to interact with a community. So, how is the digital landscape changing and what future does it hold for Australian sport?

Google’s top searches reveal glaring hole in small business planning: Backup

Possibly the least sexy aspect of running your own business, backup and data security are nonetheless fundamental to the operation of any enterprise. Think about it: what would happen if you lost all your files and contacts? Catastrophe, for sure – but this won’t ever happen to you, right?

Cloud computing is cool… until you’re caught with your pants down

Just how do you guarantee your security, whatever you deem it to be, when you are “in the cloud”? Well, unlike actually being in a plane and in the clouds, security and safety is up to you. A seat belt, a sick bag and the foetal position won’t help you. If you want it secure, secure it yourself.

Dropped a toaster on your notebook? No worries, it’s a Chrome

Google says its Chrome notebook integrates with cloud data storage seamlessly and without interruption. So if, for instance, you're in the middle of a PowerPoint for the stockholders and your notebook (oops) is accidentally dipped into a vat of liquid nitrogen, you don't lose your place.

Small businesses that use Facebook and Twitter enjoy higher online revenues, survey finds

Australian small businesses that use social media as part of their online business strategy are more likely to achieve greater revenue returns from their websites than those that don't, according to a new research report launched by Melbourne IT. The results also found mobile applications on the rise and confusion around cloud computing.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison rains on the ‘cloud’

As founder of Oracle, one of the pre-internet powerhouse technology companies, you might expect Larry Ellison to be cynical of all this talk about cloud computing. He is.

Oracle's Larry Ellison rains on the 'cloud'

As founder of Oracle, one of the pre-internet powerhouse technology companies, you might expect Larry Ellison to be cynical of all this talk about cloud computing. He is.

What you see when Google Wave crashes (screenshot)

I only have one other Wave contact, so I haven't exactly been Hanging Ten so far. Nevertheless, I just checked in and discovered this attentive message from my new guardian angel, The Doc. Perhaps Google's Chrome browser crashed Wave, but it's good to know The Doc is in my corner.

Sydney researchers develop energy-efficient model for cloud computing

A breakthrough by researchers at the University of Sydney is set to harmonise two of today's hottest emerging trends: cloud computing and energy efficiency.

Samuel Yeats, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

While most people hang out with mates during lunch breaks in Year 10, Samuel Yeats was negotiating with the receiver of a failed telco to acquire its hosting customers. Nine years later, Yeats is now the founder and CEO of Ultra Serve, a leading Australian managed internet hosting service provider.


How to price your product or service in 8 steps with...

The world is littered with products that do little more than cover their cost, and underpaid service industry professionals. But there are some entrepreneurs who set their own prices and receive what they ask with apparent ease. Steve Major teaches you how to become one of these entrepreneurs in this 8-step infographic.


The Gaddie Pitch in three simple sentences with Antony Gaddie and...

The personal elevator pitch is an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s utility belt. Your pitch is also essential for success on the web, for placement on landing pages, in emails and blogs. The medium might change but rarely will the structure of an effective pitch. Antony Gaddie is the creator of “the Gaddie Pitch,” an internationally-renowned set of tactics designed to help business owners deliver an effective elevator pitch, time and time again.


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...