Capital

The ultralight start-up: how to launch a business without clout or capital

David Wilson Launching a start-up is easier than ever. But, because entry barriers verge on non-existent and everyone wants to be the next Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox, competition is fierce.

People before profits for Sucre's social trekker

Randall Howlett heads a trekking company in Bolivia.

Larissa Ham When Australian Randall Howlett decided to set up a business in Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, he had little idea of the patience required.

Start-up out to show Wyngle is no wangle

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Christopher Niesche Damien Cantelo is preparing his retail website for launch in the US market with a name change and a push for more investment.

iiNet's growth a testament to 'giving it a go'

Michael Malone

Adam Cooper Michael Malone often finds himself talking more about the garage days than those in the corner office.

10 Questions for ... Marie Enna-Cocciolone

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Marie Enna-Cocciolone left "no room for failure" when she aimed to corner the skin care market with inskincosmedics.

ENTREPRENEURS

Dodging the doubters: how to get rich despite the sceptics

Jack Delosa.

Alexandra Cain Like many young entrepreneurs, Jack Delosa faced a huge amount of scepticism from friends and family when he bailed out of a commerce/law degree aged 18 to buy into his first business.

Zumba isn't just exercise, it's big business

Zumba

Alberto Perez started out as a street performer, today he stands at the centre of the Zumba exercise craze, having helped transform Zumba Fitness into a rapidly growing fitness empire.

10 Questions for...

From garage to corner office

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Interview by Max Mason It’s been 11 years since Andrew Segar launched his flagship product Simplicity CRM software that helps record and organise a company’s interaction with clients, from his garage in Auckland.

Start-up

Creating a courier community

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Christopher Niesche When Erin Mulvey bought a chest of drawers in Bellingen in Northern NSW a couple of years ago, she was stumped about how to get her new purchase back to Sydney.

START-UP

Pushing the right buttons: new help for start-ups

New help for start-ups.

Alexandra Cain Forget traditional venture capital - a new approach to helping start-ups with potential is emerging.

High-tech Aussie lands multimillion-dollar deal

Asher Moses Firemint founder Robert Murray is Australia's newest high-tech millionaire after selling his app company to US game giant Electronic Arts for an estimated $20-40 million.

WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?

Finding the right manufacturer

Got a problem?

Whats Your Problem Q. I am starting a business selling shoes I have designed myself. How do I find manufacturers?

Women all ears over opportunities to run own companies

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Adele Horin A DESIRE to be their own boss, to have a better work/life balance, and to escape corporate life is behind the surge in the number of women starting their own businesses, a report has found.

From fart to fab: start-up app development secrets

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David Wilson The apps market can be hugely lucrative. Consider the happy fate of the New York-based social game developer OMGPOP, maker of the smart phone art game Draw Something.

Regional move a powerful stimulant for coffee roasters

Bill Parianos

Coffee roasters Bill and Lisa Parianos have managed to infuse a slice of Sydney's cafe culture into the regional centre of Orange. And it's paying dividends.