Matt Blatt co-founder Deborah Drexler on the best risks her company ever took

Matt Blatt co-founder Deborah Drexler on the best risks her company ever took

Matt Blatt: the name on the lips of every interior designer from Cairns to Hobart. Over the last decade, Matt Blatt has gone from a humble store on eBay to one of the coolest retailers in the country. Co-founder of Matt Blatt, Deborah Drexler, has certainly learnt a thing or two about how to succeed in the Australian market in her years b...

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Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

She's a former backpacker who once worked on David Bowie's yacht and if you went back in time to before 2000 and asked Janine Allis whether she'd one day be in charge of a multi-million dollar international business and the young Janine would have probably told you to lay off the alternative substances. The Boost Juice founder...

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How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

VENTURE capitalists may have previously considered them 'crappy' businesses not worth a second look, but according to Silicon Valley's sharpest investor Steve Jurvetson the technological revolution is changing that. Jurvetson, the co-founder of the $US6 billion venture capital group Draper Fisher Jurvetson and board member of ...

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Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials around the world do not rate Australian cities as being the right places to begin a startup with only Sydney sneaking into the top 20 of a major survey. Not surprisingly, San Francisco and New York City were rated the top two cities for entrepreneurial millennials based on their business ecosystem while Kuala L...

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How the CEO of Melbourne's Blockchain Centre is taking the revolutionary tech mainstream

How the CEO of Melbourne's Blockchain Centre is taking the revolutionary tech mainstream

Though it might seem like blockchain is dominating the conversations you have with tech enthusiasts around you, the game-changing online infrastructure is still in its infancy. Companies like CoinStop and DigitalX are dominating the Australian scene at the moment, however the first true blockchain 'unicorn' is yet to reveal itself...

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The entrepreneur turning tragedy around, one milk bottle at a time

The entrepreneur turning tragedy around, one milk bottle at a time

For many entrepreneurs, the stories which led them to founding their own successful ventures are incredibly personal. Some want to create a solution to a problem only they can see, and others spend weeks searching for a particular product only to realise they can just invent it themselves. For Sallie Jones, the founder of Gippsland Je...

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The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

I am often asked by entrepreneurs, "how much profit should my business be making?" My answer is always the same: It depends. It depends because I don't know how much money is invested in the business in the first place. The amount of capital invested has a significant influence on how much profit is enough. Unfortunatel...

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Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Ever wondered how those beautiful people on Instagram score major deals with Australia's biggest brands? Well, meet Genevieve Day, the woman who transforms fledgling social media accounts into booming businesses. At just 26 years old, Day runs her own marketing business called Day Management. Unlike traditional marketing firms, Day...

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How the founders of Sneaker Laundry are cashing in on the 'hype economy'

How the founders of Sneaker Laundry are cashing in on the 'hype economy'

Forget supply and demand, the economy of sneakers is all about hype.  Whether it's the new Nikes, the latest Adidas or obscure luxury labels, the sneaker economy is in its prime, especially in fashion forward cities like Melbourne. In addition to being a hub of startup activity, Melbourne is also widely considered to be the f...

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Coconut vodka and coffee scrub entrepreneur spills the beans on viral success

Coconut vodka and coffee scrub entrepreneur spills the beans on viral success

If you haven't heard of Hamish Buckley (pictured), chances are you've heard of his products. Buckley is the man behind wildly popular Aussie brands like Bean Body, Coco Vodka, and Mr Bright. Three brands which have tamed the social media beast to generate huge business. Buckley never intended to create viral and 'totally Insta...

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How Sabri Suby built King Kong into one of Melbourne's fastest growing digital marketing agencies

How Sabri Suby built King Kong into one of Melbourne's fastest growing digital marketing agencies

Like many entrepreneurial efforts, Sabri Suby's digital marketing agency, King Kong, was created in a bedroom. With zero capital and no connections, Suby started cold calling one day in an attempt to get the ball rolling on what he believed could be a massive operation. His dream wasn't without prior experience. Suby got ...

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Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Kay Koplovitz, one of America's most successful business people, is in the country to help grow the innovative ideas of Australia's entrepreneurs. It's little wonder bright minds flock to Koplovitz for advice, as her CV boasts a string of the highest profile roles. In 1997, she founded the USA Network as an all sports service ...

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How the founder of KX Pilates disrupted the fitness industry

How the founder of KX Pilates disrupted the fitness industry

Aaron Smith was just 26 when he returned from London with an idea to transform the fitness industry. Living and working abroad as a personal trainer and sports scientist, Smith discovered dynamic pilates in London and immediately knew he wanted to bring the style back to Australia. In 2010, Smith founded the KX Group by establishing t...

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If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change

If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change


It can be easy to gloss over the word "innovation". It has become an ultimate buzzword, rolling off the tongues of business commentators and professionals alike. While the word itself may be overused, academics at The University of Queensland (UQ) say it is possible to take what many may regard as a "vague concept&qu...

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The founder of Impress!ve on how to build a thriving business in under two years

The founder of Impress!ve on how to build a thriving business in under two years

Robert Tadros founded Melbourne-based digital marketing agency Impress!ve just under two years ago. Now, it is a thriving company, with annual turnover forecast at $3.5 million and a team of 17 talented employees. Tadros' quick rise to success boasting clients including Misha Collection, digiDIRECT, And Chill, XBlades and Schiavello, ...

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Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Online marketplaces which connect buyers and sellers are more than just a startup scene in Victoria - they're well and truly big business these days. According to LaunchVic, Victoria's leading startup ecosystem development agency, online marketplace startups founded in the state contribute around $1.6 billion in profit. Additi...

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The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

Long before Eloise Monaghan was selling intimacy to the world as the founder of multi-national lingerie brand Honey Birdette, she drew inspiration from a poster slogan which was tacked to her bedroom wall. "Don't try and slay all the dragons at once." When the idea for Honey Birdette was first conceived over a glass of c...

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Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Coworking, we're told, is the future of work. As technology gets better, Internet speeds get faster, and communication methods simpler, the concept of the 9 to 5 office space becomes increasingly obsolete. And it's not just the simplicity of a coworking space that's attractive to employees. Flexible workplaces are high on the ...

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From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

Just seven years ago Ka-Pooch!, a leading Melbourne dog day-care centre, was being operated in founder Sam Mendelson's garage. Now, the trusted brand is expanding to its third Melbourne location, and Mendelson has his sights set on the rest of Australia. But as is the case with most entrepreneurs, getting to this position wasn'...

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Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Uninspired by a career in the oil & gas industry, Michael Ramsey decided to pursue his dreams. Having previously worked as a personal trainer, the fitness industry fit Ramsey like a boxing glove. With his mind made up, Ramsey resigned from his career as a marketing manager, opened his first F45 Studio, and hasn't looked back. ...

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Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

It was the year of the blockchain, and midway through 2017 Bitcoin - the most popular of the many cryptocurrencies - skyrocketed in value. Those who bought the cryptocurrency in 2011 became very wealthy overnight. But Bitcoin is just one of many technologies that is successfully utilising blockchain technology to disrupt nearly every indu...

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Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Every entrepreneur knows what it's like to suffer from a setback. Things don't always go according to plan, and sometimes it feels like nothing's going right. For Mia Plecic that reality of entrepreneurship is all too familiar. Massive setbacks have, unfortunately, been a big part of her story. But they've only made her mo...

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Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

A NEW report has shown that online marketplace startups in Victoria deliver a $1.6 billion boost to the state economy. EY, in collaboration with Victoria's starup ecosystem development agency LaunchVic, released its report on Wednesday called A Review of Melbourne's Digital Markeplaces which details the wealth that Melbourne's...

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One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

LUDOVIC Grosjean, founder of Melbourne-based startup OceanXGroup, wants to solve the problem of polluted waterways and oceans. Grosjean's mission is to clean up the world's waterways with drone technology and, with his unique background as an engineer and oceanographer, he's well placed to tackle the problem.  "O...

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Business sectors that will fly and fall in 2018

Business sectors that will fly and fall in 2018

THE wind and electricity generation industry is set for massive growth in 2018, while motor vehicle manufacturing is set for a major decline, according to analysis from business information specialists. Sectors which made the best use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and big data really took off, along with businesses...

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LiveTiles strikes deal to help shake up US manufacturing industry

LiveTiles strikes deal to help shake up US manufacturing industry

ASX-listed global software company LiveTiles (ASX: LVT) has moved deeper in the AI space in North America with a strategic deal with the Smart Manufacturing public-private partnership in the US.

As part of the deal, LiveTiles will work to deploy innovative AI-based technology to increase the competitiveness of one of the strongholds of t...

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Six entrepreneurs who built their business on social media

Six entrepreneurs who built their business on social media

We've spoken to a tonne of incredible entrepreneurs who've built their business off the back of emerging technologies. Social media has quickly become the go-to place to become inspired with Instagram leading the charge thanks to its emphasis on image. We spoke to six entrepreneurs who owe their success to social media; whethe...

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Slim secrets are charging full speed into 2018 following biggest year ever

Slim secrets are charging full speed into 2018 following biggest year ever

SLIM Secrets, one of the most well-known Australian health food brands, definitely deserved a cheat day following 2017. The year panned out to be one of the group's most successful, and exciting, after Slim Secrets successfully pushed into Asia. The brand's main goal in 2017 was to expand its global footprint at an aggressive ...

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Tech and startup entrepreneurs reveal their ultimate 2018 wishlist

Tech and startup entrepreneurs reveal their ultimate 2018 wishlist

A NEW YEAR is just around the corner, and with it comes the potential for savvy entrepreneurs to capitalise on a world of opportunity. Tech and startup industries are on a sharp rise in Australia, sectors which have matured exponentially throughout 2017. In this 2018 wishlist, Business News Australia shares insight from many of the co...

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MEET THE ETHICAL FOUNDERS OF MELBOURNE'S MOST UNIQUE COFFEE COMMUNITY

MEET THE ETHICAL FOUNDERS OF MELBOURNE'S MOST UNIQUE COFFEE COMMUNITY

CELINA Lazarus (pictured right) and Tony Strickett's (pictured left) love affair with coffee began with their first venture; an importing business called First Crop Coffee. The group, founded in 2013, was designed to be a 100 per cent traceable coffee company where husband and wife Lazarus and Strickett know exactly where every coffee...

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