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Is Google making us stoopid?

To celebrate the Atlantic's current issue with the thought provoking cover story, "Is Google Making Us Stoopid?", the publishers of Australian current affairs periodical The Monthly are sending their friends from across the pond an online gift subscription. This 'gift' includes access to the Monthly archive and Gideon Haigh's award-winning essay published in February 2006, "How Google is Making Us Stupid." Yes, it’s another fracas between magazine publishers.

The art of simplicity

If the simplest ideas are often the best, it stands to reason that simplicity is the essence of successful business. Growing companies are confronted with complexity every day. We asked three busy professionals to weigh in on the art of simplicity.

Good idea

Have you ever stopped to think about how many ideas you have each day? Probably thousands. Ideas like 'I'll take the dog for a...

Intellectual property

If you're like most people, you've probably already had that world-changing idea, but never acted on it. If your company is like most others,...

Book reviews

James Tuckerman reviews THE GOOGLE STORY and HOW TO TURN YOUR MILLION-DOLLAR IDEA INTO A REALITY

Here we go again

Everyone knows that business is all about cycles. What goes down must go up, and vice versa. With my dot-com scars so recently healed, I am loathe to be trumpeting another technology boom. But things are certainly afoot.

Built to flip

Some companies are built to be sold. The intellectual property and business processes are bedded down and bundled into a transferable package. Find a market gap, identify potential buyers, build it, drive home the value and make the trade sale. And then, if you enjoyed the ride, do it again.

Legal: Business method patents

One of the great misconceptions about patents is that they can only be obtained on an invention of a tangible item. However, patents can also be obtained for how a business function is performed, provided certain criteria are met. These patents are known as "business method patents".

Online: How to stand out from the online pack

It's not news that the number of eyeballs searching for products and services online is growing rapidly. But you're possibly not aware of just how rapidly growth in internet commerce is occurring.

Business valuation… a black art?

Value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. While experienced investors use a range of tools to calculate the worth of a start-up or early stage company, some also believe that valuation is more art than science. So what is this 'black art' and how do experienced investors make their decisions?

Intellectual property

We love stories of simple ideas making millions: think Post-it Notes, Frisbee and eBay. Ideas need nourishment and protection as they move from R&D...

'The Buck Starts Here' podcast

In the final days of September 2005, Anthill editor Paul Ryan caught up with five of Australia's leading early-stage venture capitalists. The meeting turned into a feature story. The feature story turned into a networking event, which we offered as a fly-on-the-wall audio CD. Now you can download/listen to it as a full podcast, which includes the previously unreleased Q&A session.

‘The Buck Starts Here’ podcast

In the final days of September 2005, Anthill editor Paul Ryan caught up with five of Australia's leading early-stage venture capitalists. The meeting turned into a feature story. The feature story turned into a networking event, which we offered as a fly-on-the-wall audio CD. Now you can download/listen to it as a full podcast, which includes the previously unreleased Q&A session.

Book reviews

Blink – The Power of Thinking without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author of The Tipping Point, has reemerged to help us understand the...

Strategy: How creative is your business?

Entrepreneurs and scientists use the concepts of ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ interchangeably. This is not surprising, as both play an integral role in the new...

Strategy: Is your idea really an opportunity?

All new business ventures start with an idea. However, not all ideas can (nor should) become business ventures. Being able to efficiently differentiate between...

'A-Ha' moments

Simplicity is the common thread that links all great ideas. and sometimes they arrive like a lightning bolt. We asked three innovators about their...

‘A-Ha’ moments

Simplicity is the common thread that links all great ideas. and sometimes they arrive like a lightning bolt. We asked three innovators about their...

Marketing: The secrets to web success

How does your website fit into your overall marketing strategy? If you don't know, then it's time to review your online activities. When the Internet...

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Most small business owners get caught up in the minutiae of a business. They become trapped like a hamster in a wheel, spinning, spinning, spinning,...

INFOGRAPHICS

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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