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Australia’s vanishing clean coal opportunity

If we are to defend and improve our competitive standing as a first-tier global economy, Australia needs to invest heavily in the development of...

Australia's vanishing clean coal opportunity

If we are to defend and improve our competitive standing as a first-tier global economy, Australia needs to invest heavily in the development of...

21 things to consider before carrying out redundancies

Most business owners stress out at the thought of redundancies. It is very important to find a middle ground (it will never be a perfect balance) between acting under the legal and commercial requirements and responding humanely to people's lives being affected so dramatically. Here are 21 things you must consider before carrying out redundancies.

Documenting your next ‘killer’ deal

Even those who can sense a good commercial deal and have the acumen to negotiate the terms are often uncertain how to document their...

Documenting your next 'killer' deal

Even those who can sense a good commercial deal and have the acumen to negotiate the terms are often uncertain how to document their...

Business 101 – Making sure you get paid

The risk of being dudded is reduced by following a few simple rules. It’s surprising how often they’re bypassed or forgotten. RULE 1: IDENTIFY YOUR...

The Fine Print: Know your art

Published in Australian Anthill Magazine, Dec 2008/Jan 2009 The most successful companies not only continually innovate but they position their innovations within a framework of competitor...

Before saving the world, you need the right armour

The opportunity Do you want to save the world and make money doing it? That’s the opportunity that presents itself with the introduction of the...

Selling our IP to the Chinese

An Aussie swimming coach sells training secrets to the Chinese and it hits the front pages of the tabloids. Fair enough. But our precious...

The 168 steps to starting a business (Part I)

We decided to list 168 steps (for want of a better random number). Of course, coming up with 168 steps is even harder than writing them, so we called on our trusty readers via the Anthill blog, in what has since been described as an experiment in Magazine 2.0 (reader-generated print content).

Climate change opportunity

We regularly hear of the “climate change challenge”. Indeed it is. But it also presents an opportunity. With the policy objective of reducing emissions, the...

IP 101

Editor’s note: We often jump straight into the minutia of intellectual property affairs on this page without sufficient regard for those of you who...

Taking on the opposition

Companies that value their own intellectual property (IP) and are aware of their competitors’ and the competitive IP landscape will routinely watch for the acceptance and/or grant of patents by competitor companies or related entities.

How to get IPO ready

Listing on the stock exchange is a complex and expensive process, often consuming up to 10 percent of the funds raised, so it’s important to get it right.

The price is right

In any M&A transaction there is an exchange of value, commonly known as ‘the price’. The seller is after a stellar premium and the buyer wishes to get a bargain. How does this work? The answer is: the seller and buyer can have common ground as they often look at the business differently.

The importance of keeping research records

In the spring of 1997, Alberto Stampa filed a US provisional patent application claiming a process for making loratadine, the active ingredient in the...

Legal: What’s in a name

Today’s consumer is faced with a vast choice of product and ever-increasing advertising. If you want to be seen and heard in the marketplace, you must develop brands that occupy centre stage in the consumer’s mind and that promise clear benefits. The starting point for creating a strong brand is the careful selection of a brand name.

Legal: What's in a name

Today’s consumer is faced with a vast choice of product and ever-increasing advertising. If you want to be seen and heard in the marketplace, you must develop brands that occupy centre stage in the consumer’s mind and that promise clear benefits. The starting point for creating a strong brand is the careful selection of a brand name.

Legal: Joint development

THE FINE PRINT Joint development: covering all bases   Are you working with another company, consultant or research body to develop new or improved products or...

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

FREE BUSINESS TOOLS

How to zig when everyone else is zagging, with Julio De...

Why is it that some business owners appear impervious to business obstacles and upsets? In some cases, it seems that it’s the obstacles that drive certain personality types to success. In this CHEAT SHEET, we share five ways of thinking to respond to INDUSTRY, ECONOMIC, BRAND, SOCIETAL and PERSONAL shifts.

FREE BUSINESS TOOL

The 10 Commandments of LinkedIn for Business

Most people use LinkedIn as an extension of their CV, as a way to get their next job. But if you run...

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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