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Young gun entrepreneur Jordan Grives sells Fonebox to multi-billion dollar global giant

Fonebox founder and chief executive, Jordan Grives has announced one of the biggest buy-outs in Queensland’s telecommunication history selling the business he started as a teenager in Brisbane to a multi-billion dollar NASDAQ listed company.

From a boss, like a boss: Boss Camp Adelaide educates young entrepreneurs

Admit it: You’d love to walk down the street shouting ‘I gotta business - like a Boss!’ à la the Lonely Island. Okay, maybe that’s...

Flipsters named Micro Business Award winner at Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards

Law school graduate Ben Lipschitz was out for a night on the town in Sydney when he noticed many women were walking barefoot. Obviously, they were taking a break from their high heels. But the sight struck the young man as wrong -- these young ladies should have backup protection for their soles. Hmmm. A set of portable, fold-up shoes would do the trick, he thought. Cue light bulb. Flipsters is this year’s Micro Business Award winner in the Anthill Cool Company Awards.

Nick Byrne, 30under30, Intrapreneur of the Year

They don't often feature in the 30under30 awards, but this young gun was impossible to ignore. Working within an existing organisation, he has exhibited the drive and vision required to expand the organisation's reach and put his personal stamp on the world. Meet Nick Byrne, Anthill's 30under30 Intrapreneur of the Year.

10 Honourable Mentions from the 30under30 Awards 2010

They narrowly missed out on a place in the Top 30 but are still hot in our books. Introducing Anthill’s 2010 30under30 Honourable Mentions.

Top 3 Real-Estate Renegades from 30under30 2010

Real-estate entrepreneurs have never featured strongly in the 30under30. In our opinions, entrepreneurship is not about personal wealth creation. It’s about the process of creation itself! This year, three real-estate entrepreneurs grabbed our attention, not because of the number of Torrens Titles stashed under their beds, but because each has built a business around the real-estate industry at a tender age.

Top 3 Artistic Innovators from 30under30 2010

Entrepreneurship and artistic endeavours have much in common. They involve imagination, following your dreams and creating something from scratch designed to make the world a richer place. These three "artistic" entrepreneurs may not have made it into the 30under30 Top 30, but we decided they deserve a place in this year’s broader gallery for their commercial creativity.

Ben Neumann, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Ben Neumann prefers to measure his company's progress by the glass. When the business started in 2005, he was fortunate to book two functions a week and serve about 200 cocktails a month. Today, his bartenders are pouring up to 5,000 cocktails a week and more than 250,000 a year.

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin launched a blog and announced on it that he would create a fully formed business in seven days with only $500. Then he did it. The result was AutoCarLog. Yet, Sebastien doesn't even consider the one-business-in-seven-days caper his best buzz builder. No, that would be when he traveled to six countries in 12 days to launch a global brand, in a bid to be listed in the Guinness record book as the "smallest multinational."

Betty Boustani, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Betty Boustani was only 26 when she started her law firm in 2007. Over time, Boustani realised her interests were leaning toward advising corporate clients. She reshaped the firm's mission, becoming Emprise Legal & Corporate Advisory.

Mark Ross-Smith, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Mark Ross-Smith describes SMSfun is the first Australia-based social network. The service, which offers a multitude of text-messaging plans while providing a home for chat rooms, user profiles and addictive contests, now has more than 1.2 million members linked by mobile and web.

Andrew McKnight, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Andrew McKnight's MIA is an evolution from two previous McKnight ventures -- Limeworks, a website content developer and manager, and Shazam, an app that recognises the song playing on a mobile device and tells the user how to share it and buy it. When MIA finally did "emerge," it was the continent's leader in the mobile tech niche, he says, generating more than $15 million in annual revenue.

Lucy Thomas, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Since starting Project Rockit in 2007, the Thomases have worked with more than 150,000 Melbourne-area students. The website quadrupled its daily hits over two years. Most importantly, in post-event evaluations, 96% of students saw a decline in bullying at their school.

Kate McKibbin, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Naturally, McKibbin has a keen and enthusiastic eye for fashion trends. But she wouldn't be where she is today without a fearless ability to take a leap. When she first started ddgdaily.com, she didn't know the first thing about building a website. She Googled and taught herself. When the time required to run the site reached critical mass, she quit her regular job and took out a loan.

Dean J. Ramler, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Dean J. Ramler's Milan Direct has sold more than 370,000 pieces of furniture to more than 100,000 customers. It enjoyed a turnover of $3.6 million in 2008-09, landing the company on BRW magazine's Fast Starters list. Turnover for 2009-10 was close to $5 million. The company expanded into the UK a year ago, and is already a multimillion-pound business there.

Ruslan Kogan, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Ruslan Kogan, who has run more than 20 businesses since age 12, employs a canny marketing approach that attracts news media attention and plays up the David / Goliath aura. in 2008, he tweaked the government's nose by putting out a "Kevin 37" television and selling it for $900 -- the amount offered to each Australian household under PM Kevin Rudd's stimulus plan. Earlier this year, he stoked the fires of a verbal spat with Gerry Harvey, head of traditional electronics retailer Harvey Norman.

Don McKenzie, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Don McKenzie's Stream Group is one of the biggest employers on this year's 30under30 list, with a staff of about 110. McKenzie estimates the company will manage 25,000 home insurance claims this year, up from 2,000 in 2008, and total revenue is likely to exceed $80 million. Did we mention that he's only 27?

Andrew Craig, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Andrew Craig's company, Computer Empire, was started in his mother's garage at age 18. Today, it runs out of a store in Brisbane's central business district. Craig says turnover has surpassed $2 million per year. The biggest customer for his computers is the Vodaphone network in Papua New Guinea.

Luke Halliday, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

The dedication of Halliday and his staff is well-illustrated by a tale he tells when asked about his biggest entrepreneurial setback. His says a recently hired technician managed to crash the server and destroy the backups of one of Mercury IT's biggest clients. Halliday and his business partner worked non-stop from 5 p.m. Friday to 12:30 p.m. Sunday rebuilding a network for 200 users. "It was all working Monday and the client knew no different," Halliday says. "Thank you, caffeine!"

Stephen Dash, 2010 Anthill 30under30 Winner

A few years ago, a young investment banker named Stephen Dash was in JFK airport in New York. He needed to access his email to learn the name and address of his hotel. But -- horrors -- his iPhone was dead. Dash paid $45 for a charger at an airport convenience store. And out of that angst came an idea that hurled Dash out of banking and into the entrepreneurial multiverse.
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