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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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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RUBY OLIVE GIVES WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FASHIONABLE EDGE

RUBY OLIVE GIVES WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FASHIONABLE EDGE

VERSATILE and vibrant are two words that spring to mind when describing the Ruby Olive jewellery collection created by entrepreneur Skye Anderton (pictured left). 

Fitting the same description is Brisbane's iconic Johnson Hotel, one of the country's seven Art Series Hotels, inspired by the colourful abstract art of Michael Johnso...

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STARTUPS ARE 'NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

STARTUPS ARE 'NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

TO PUT it bluntly, Brisbane's River City Labs startup guru and Shark Tank entrepreneur Steve Baxter isn't interested in funding 'crap'. Not in the least.

Of the 130 startups which applied for a spot at River City Labs through its recent accelerator program, only six made the cut after going through a rigorous boot-camp process...

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Q & A WITH FACEBOOK GURU ANDY MCKEON AS HE JOINS AUSTRALIAN SOFTWARE COMPANY LIVETILES

Q & A WITH FACEBOOK GURU ANDY MCKEON AS HE JOINS AUSTRALIAN SOFTWARE COMPANY LIVETILES

HE was creative director at Apple under the legendary Steve Jobs, and is now a senior Facebook executive. In his newest gig, Andy McKeon has joined the board of ASX-listed enterprise software company LiveTiles (ASX:LVT) in a major coup for the company.

Under Steve Jobs, he helped launch the iPhone, iPad, Mac and iOS software.

At Fac...

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UP TO $150,000 FOR START-UP ENTREPRENEURS VISITING THE QANTAS CAPTAIN'S CABIN

UP TO $150,000 FOR START-UP ENTREPRENEURS VISITING THE QANTAS CAPTAIN'S CABIN

LIKE kids in economy invited to visit the pilot's cabin, start-up entrepreneurs and their older, worldlier siblings, scale-up bosses, are being offered a seat up front at Qantas.

"We're proud of our track record as innovators and early adopters and we think there's much more to come, so we're asking Australian and interna...

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FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

WHEN Eoin Daniels arrived in Australia with nothing but a suitcase, a working holiday visa and a passion for carpentry, he didn't expect that in just over a decade's time he would be running his own national company. Around 13 years ago, Daniels was fresh off the plane from Ireland when he secured his first job in Sydney with a lo...

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JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

BOOST Juice founder Janine Allis spent some time 'winging it' before building a world-class business.

Born in the 'burbs and from humble beginnings, Allis (pictured) partied with rock stars in her twenties in the south of France before finding her calling.

Across almost two decades in business, Allis has just survived, a...

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS - LISA HILBERT, TEA TONIC

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS - LISA HILBERT, TEA TONIC

Almost 20 years ago, Naturopath, Herbalist and all-round wonder woman, Lisa Hilbert launched her first organic herbal tea to the Australian market.

Since then, her range of tea has grown from one to 25 and her products are stocked in health food stores across the country. 

Hilbert's brand, Tea Tonic, differentiates itself from the...

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6 START UP SECRETS FROM EMMA LOVELL

6 START UP SECRETS FROM EMMA LOVELL

USING an in-flight bassinet with a very distracted and overtired baby, Emma Lovell had her first 'light-bulb' moment. The glow of this new idea grew stronger as she dealt with the frustration of when the blanket covering her daughter's pram would fly off, fall off, or get pulled off. The experiences inspired her to launch CoziGo...

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KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

FOR Kay Koplovitz, the key to being a successful entrepreneur is an agile mind - one that is always learning and quick to take on board new insights.

It's what Koplovitz looks for in candidates for the female focused scale-up incubator she founded, Springboard Enterprises, which has mentored 642 entrepreneurs since the year 2000.

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