STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

THOSE who own startups will know that there are many essential qualities of a good entrepreneur; their tenacity, financial maturity and a flair for networking to name a few.

However, one business commentator believes that the real substance of a successful entrepreneur boils down to having a high level of emotional intelligence.

Chris Goli...

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HOW INGRID BONNOR TURNED A LABOUR OF LOVE INTO A WORLDWIDE FASHION ICON

HOW INGRID BONNOR TURNED A LABOUR OF LOVE INTO A WORLDWIDE FASHION ICON

BEFORE Ingrid Bonnor started her bridal robe and feminine sleepwear company Homebodii in 2011, she didn't have any fashion design experience to speak of.

What she did have, however, was a keen eye for fine product, a knack for marketing and a wealth of experience as a high-end consultant within the same industry.

In just six years, Hom...

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THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, Griffiths sat on a toilet in a warehouse and refused to move until Who Gives A Crap raised enough pre-orders of environmentally friendly toilet paper to start production.

In 50 hours, the team reached its target by raising $...

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THE TRAVEL STARTUP THAT EVICTED THE HOUSE-SITTER

THE TRAVEL STARTUP THAT EVICTED THE HOUSE-SITTER

YOU'VE used Expedia to book the flights, AirBnB to find accommodation, and Uber to get around in the new city and now one woman has added another start-up to the travel essentials category; making sure your home is safe while you're away.

My Home Watch, the brainchild of Adelaide's Natasha Morgan (pictured), is an on-demand servic...

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MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

IT'S BEEN 10 years in the planning and had at least 10 different architects and has involved the acquisition of multiple properties, and now the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Rialto tower precinct is almost complete.

The $200 million redevelopment has breathed new life into the CBD and the Rialto precinct covers more than 8...

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THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE story of how Anthony McDonough's men's skin care range dates back 20 years when he was living in Russia in minus 35C temperatures and every product he used to try and moisturise just made his skin more irritated.

It took a while to act on this, but in 2012 McDonough decided to make the leap and start his own skin care brand.

He...

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BOND UNIVERSITY RECRUITS BUSINESS BIG HITTERS TO ITS NEW ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

BOND UNIVERSITY RECRUITS BUSINESS BIG HITTERS TO ITS NEW ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

BOND University has secured the services of four of Australia's most successful business identities to oversee its new program called Transformer, which is aimed at developing the new wave of young entrepreneurs.

Transformer is the first of its kind in Australia to help students undertake "big picture thinking" and they'll b...

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BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BEING an entrepreneur is risky business. That's why Advance Queensland is supporting a new 12-week training initiative designed to give startups a little more certainty in the challenging market. The Startup Onramp program, founded by business mentor Colin Kinner (pictured) and run out of Brisbane's River City Labs, is aimed at re...

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NORTHROP & JOHNSON SUPERYACHTS SAIL INTO SYDNEY

NORTHROP & JOHNSON SUPERYACHTS SAIL INTO SYDNEY

A YEAR ago, Cameron Bray (pictured) forged an alliance with one of the world's top superyacht charter brands, and now his Gold Coast-based company is once again gearing up for a major period of growth. Bray's luxury yacht brokerage business Northrop & Johnson is set to sail ahead of the competition as the company sets up its f...

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WHY IT'S BEST TO AVOID LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

WHY IT'S BEST TO AVOID LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

In part one of Business News Australia's exclusive interview with Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby (pictured) told us about the 'tsunami' of talent coming through and what to do, and what not to do, when trying to get venture capital. Now the founder and former MD of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA)...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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LEGAL PROCUREMENT DISRUPTOR SECURES $500,000 FUNDING BOOST

LEGAL PROCUREMENT DISRUPTOR SECURES $500,000 FUNDING BOOST

IT'S ONLY been two years since Warwick Walsh left a career in private practice to establish Lawcadia, a tech-based legal procurement company that has already drawn serious attention from the industry, not to mention serious funding.

The entrepreneur noticed a gap in the market around the way that companies procure and manage legal service...

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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FAVOURITE HOMEBODII DEBUTS AT DAVID JONES

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FAVOURITE HOMEBODII DEBUTS AT DAVID JONES

MOTIVATED to capture the Mother's Day market in style, lace and bridal loungewear boutique brand homebodii has made its David Jones debut. Homebodii designs have officially launched online and in its flagship David Jones store at Elizabeth Street in Sydney. The Gold Coast-based brand founded in 2011 by fashion designer Ingrid Bonn...

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ONLINE MARKETING APP LAUNCHED BY BEN BRADSHAW

ONLINE MARKETING APP LAUNCHED BY BEN BRADSHAW

BRISBANE entrepreneur Ben Bradshaw has released a new app to help people navigate online marketing and access their campaign data on the go, at any time of the day.

The LinX app provides users with an option for syncing and downloading their data and presents insights, leads and information in one place.

LinX also provides clients with acc...

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HOW NICK BELL BUILT AND SOLD A $39M COMPANY

HOW NICK BELL BUILT AND SOLD A $39M COMPANY

FROM humble beginnings in 2008 with just $400 to his name to a sale price of $39 million, Australian entrepreneur Nick Bell now has one of those classic "built-it-from-nothing" stories that are the envy of many in the business world.

He sold his digital marketing company, WME Group, to ASX listed Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) as one of Aus...

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HOW WEDDING WOES INSPIRED A BOOMING BUSINESS FOR MEGAN ZIEMS

HOW WEDDING WOES INSPIRED A BOOMING BUSINESS FOR MEGAN ZIEMS

WHEN she was dress shopping for her wedding in 2010, Megan Ziems (pictured left) was disappointed to discover a market flooded with conventional designs which didn't fit her personality. The Gold Coast local struggled to find the perfect dress; a lot of lace, a little left-of-centre and most importantly a design that hadn't been d...

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BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS BARRIERS IN ECO-BUSINESS

BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS BARRIERS IN ECO-BUSINESS

TRACEY Bailey believes that if every person understood the true social and environmental cost of every product they bought, we would all be living in a very different world. The eco entrepreneur and founder of green business Biome has made it her life's mission to create a complete element of transparency when it comes to her own prod...

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CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

PEER-TO-PEER car sharing startup Car Next Door has launched its Brisbane operation as part of its expansion plans into Australia's major cities.

CarNextDoor.com.au is an online platform that allows car owners to effectively rent their cars out to users as a way of making money on the idle capacity of their vehicles to people who need them...

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AUSSIE SPACE STARTUP LAUNCHES FUNDING ROUND TO LAUNCH 100 NANOSATELLITES $5M

AUSSIE SPACE STARTUP LAUNCHES FUNDING ROUND TO LAUNCH 100 NANOSATELLITES $5M

AUSTRALIAN space startup, Fleet, has announced a $5 million Series A funding round to nanosatellites which aims to connect 75 billion of the world's devices by 2025.

Adelaide-based Fleet is developing nanosatellite technology in partnership with some of the world's leading aerospace engineers, and will launch the first of more than 10...

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BRUTAL HONESTY ON EARNING THE 'GIFT OF INVESTMENT': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

BRUTAL HONESTY ON EARNING THE 'GIFT OF INVESTMENT': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

IN the first part of Business News Australia's exclusive interview with Shark Tank's Steve Baxter, the tech guru told our readers the hard truth about what it takes to become a true entrepreneur.

Now, the man behind Brisbane incubator River City Labs dishes out another dose of tough love when it comes to securing and keeping inve...

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