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What will give Australian business owners sleepless nights in 2015?

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2015, the fourth of its kind, has recently been released, highlighting the biggest challenges Australian business owners will face this...

Growing up global: Meet Owen Kerr, CEO of Pepperstone [VIDEO]

I recently chatted to Owen Kerr, who is CEO of Australian forex broker Pepperstone. Pepperstone is a hot business in a fast growing space....

Yes, Big Data is good news for your business, but don’t let its hidden...

The techies over at IT research and advisory firm Gartner Inc have defined Big Data as “high-volume, high-velocity and high-variety information assets”. Some industry observers...

James Griffin, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

James Griffin, 27, sensed that risk management in social media would grow in importance. So sure was he that he quit his job in 2008, amidst less than favourable (read: risky) economic conditions, and founded SR7 Social Media Intelligence. "I knew my idea had legs," says Griffin -- an idea that has since become an essential service.

Need help from a bank? Here’s how to get Bank Ready

Even in these tight economic times, the task of getting financial support from a bank can be greatly eased if a business owner learns how to speak a bank’s language and use similar risk-management tools and techniques.

Who should be on your company’s board?

Reforming the board’s composition proved to be essential for the turnarounds at Credit Suisse and UBS. But in both cases it took a severe crisis to provoke the reform. Will other companies learn to reform their boards before they are hit by a crisis? Or will the old maxim continue to apply: no change without a crisis? Paul Strebel proposes five requirements to encourage healthy corporate governance.



The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.


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...