PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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AFL VETERAN KICKS GOALS IN STARTUP FIELD

AFL VETERAN KICKS GOALS IN STARTUP FIELD

ADELAIDE Crows defensive coach and former player James 'Pods' Podsiadly has gone back to his first love with his new startup.

He still loves footy, and gives the Crows his all from Friday to Wednesday, but his day off is when he 'reactivates'.

The AFL veteran recently launched The Wellbeing Challenge through his comp...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

WHAT am I looking for on Shark Tank? In actual fact, I am looking for 'who' rather than 'what'.

The product or service has to be market relevant but I am more interested in the capability of the entrepreneur. Exceptional entrepreneurs take companies on exceptional journeys and I am looking for people who I want to work wi...

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BROTHERS UNCORK THE NEXT WINE TREND

BROTHERS UNCORK THE NEXT WINE TREND

WITH more than 30 years' shared experience in the wine industry, brothers Joshua and Simon Schmidt (pictured) have won over crowds with a new concept that has the potential to revolutionise the favourite tipple as we know it. The duo has taken out first prize in the Brancott Estate Winexplorer Innovation Challenge with a screw-cap con...

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STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

HOLLY Ransom recalls a 'really strange phone call' in 2013 from then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The 26-year-old social entrepreneur was asked to lead the G20 Youth Summit.

At that time, Ransom never could have pictured one year later she would be challenging political and business leaders at a table which seated the likes o...

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HOW SMALL THINKING REVIVES BIG BUSINESS

HOW SMALL THINKING REVIVES BIG BUSINESS

IN A fast-paced landscape bent on disruption, it can be difficult for larger legacy businesses to hold their ground.  For companies struggling to keep up with rapid shifts in the market, strangled by startups or constantly a step behind competitors, one Adelaide-based expert believes it's time to start thinking like a small entre...

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IS THIS ADELAIDE'S FIRST BILLION DOLLAR APP?

IS THIS ADELAIDE'S FIRST BILLION DOLLAR APP?

IT HASN'T even launched yet, but the next biggest app is already said to be valued around $8 million. Sociabl, an Australian start up, allows fans to connect with their favourite celebrities and donate to charities in the process. The application, conceived by Adelaide boys Brandon Reynolds and Jarrad Hrotek in late 2013, gives fa...

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HOW THE NUMBER-CRUNCHER BECAME THE GAME-CHANGER

HOW THE NUMBER-CRUNCHER BECAME THE GAME-CHANGER

WHEN Accodex Partners CEO Chris Hooper (pictured) opened his first accounting firm, he didn't expect that four years on he would be running an international start-up set on changing the face of the industry altogether. Early on in his career Hooper noticed that while he was passionate about crunching numbers for his clients, he strugg...

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DREAM BUSINESS TURNS INTO A SWEET RIDE FOR GREASERS

DREAM BUSINESS TURNS INTO A SWEET RIDE FOR GREASERS

JOSEPHINE Callander and Gerrard Otimi (pictured) built Greasers Garage on a shared passion for motorcycle culture and, due to an unexpected twist in the growth process, business is booming. It's been almost a year since the garage opened its doors at Mitcham servicing Adelaide's bike enthusiasts who were seeking professional custo...

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AUSSIE STARTUPS: 'DON'T ACT LIKE GOOGLE'

AUSSIE STARTUPS: 'DON'T ACT LIKE GOOGLE'

"IF you want to act like Google, become a Google first" - performance comes before workplace culture for Steve Baxter.

Ditto that a "cool workplace doesn't make up for a boring and frustrating job".

In other words, incentivising work with fun presents no real opportunity for the employee, employer and workfor...

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I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

HEALTH is wealth for Lorna Jane Clarkson, so despite being offered "huge amounts of money" for her global fitness empire, she says she won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

She put to rest rumours her 26-year-old business was facing a sale at a Business Chicks breakfast on the Gold Coast this week.

"One of the mos...

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ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

A CLASSROOM of superheroes is the vision of Tech Girls Movement founder, Brisbane's Jenine Beekhuyzen, who says her mission will only become possible with earlier investment into STEM.

Beekhuyzen's movement has been encouraging young girls to think about being tech entrepreneurs and leaders long before the government's pledge...

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STRAIGHT TALK: GREIG'S TECHNOLOGY RIDE PAYING OFF

STRAIGHT TALK: GREIG'S TECHNOLOGY RIDE PAYING OFF

JAMES Greig is set to revolutionise the events industry with the launch of an "Expedia or Wotif solution" for Australia's event needs. This follows the success of iVvy - Greig's events and venue management cloud computing software that enables event organisers to run and manage events effectively. Hundreds of clients inclu...

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INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

EIGHT leading female entrepreneurs have gathered to provide a spin on the famous TEDx learning events. Launched last night, LeadX featured eight high-profile women speaking for 12 minutes each on transformative ideas, techniques and skills and equipped attendees with the knowledge needed to increase economic and personal growth. Speakers in...

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ZAMPATTI STILL FASHIONABLE AT FIFTY

ZAMPATTI STILL FASHIONABLE AT FIFTY

FEW Australian designers can lay claim to the eloquence and endurance of fashion powerhouse Carla Zampatti. The Italian-born designer celebrated the 50th anniversary of her eponymous label at Sydney Opera House last month, recreating an earlier runway show while the iconic structure was still being built. From a single store in Surry ...

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TEN MILLION PEOPLE IN TUNE WITH GUVERA

TEN MILLION PEOPLE IN TUNE WITH GUVERA

GOLD Coast music-streaming service Guvera has grown its user base almost tenfold over the past five and a half months.

The Robina-headquartered group today announced it reached a milestone of 10 million users, up from 1.5 million in October last year.  This equates to more than 35,000 music lovers joining the service each day over t...

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