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Entrepreneur Secrets

Pinching himself: a digital pioneer's sweet ride

Carsales.

Entrepreneur Secrets The founder of carsales.com.au started as a "software guy" and now runs a company worth $1.8 billion.

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Brand champion makes global strides

Tights.

Larissa Ham He's well known for his smalls, but entrepreneur Clyde Davenport's latest venture has the potential to be mammoth.

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Setting the beauty world on fire

Shelley Barrett.

Entrepreneur Secrets When Shelley Barrett founded cosmetics company ModelCo, all she wanted to do was to find an easier way for women to curl their eyelashes.

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Lively mortician says: 'know your business'

Ellese.

Larissa Ham Some young women wouldn't be seen dead driving around in a shiny black hearse.

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Just keep changing: life lessons from a jean genie

Craig Kimberley.

Larissa Ham The irrepressible founder of Just Jeans, Craig Kimberley, tells how he and his family built one of Australia's great retail success stories.

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Big ideas to change the world one step at a time

Danny Almagor.

Larissa Ham Leader of an engineering movement's epiphany grew from love of travel.

After hitting rock bottom, a wild card pays off

Wild Card.

Entrepreneur Secrets When the Granny May's gift and card chain imploded in 2001, Perth-based franchise owners Lawrence and Sandra Boyle lost everything.

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Brothers' business booms amid a hairy economy

Hair-raising.

Larissa Ham It is no surprise that brothers Tony and Joseph Lattouf look like they have just stepped out of a salon.

Ignore my advice? Maybe I'll buy the company

Larissa Robertson.

Entrepreneur Secrets At just 28, Larissa Robertson used her own 'rescue plan' to take over a company with 250 staff.

Casting aside labels for fashion studio with soul

Social studio.

Larissa Ham Hailing from the ultra-competitive world of art, Grace McQuilten was used to brush-offs. So the prospect of cold-calling various philanthropists and others to help start a fashion label with a...

Can’t drink, can’t vote - but this teenager is hot property in Silicon Valley

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Entrepreneur Secrets He's founded four online start-ups and sold three, not a bad resume for somebody who hasn’t had their 18th birthday.

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For the love of schnitzel

Roman Dyduk.

Entrepreneur Secrets Polish-born Roman Dyduk opened a pancake and schnitzel restaurant in 1975, fell in love with a waitress and two weeks later proposed.

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Accidental entrepreneur keeps on truckin'

Richard.

Entrepreneur Secrets Two Men and a Truck founder Richard Kuipers never set out to run a business, let alone build one with 65 trucks and $8 million in annual sales.

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The headache that sparked a $1.3 million idea

A migraine prompted a $1.3 million business idea.

Entrepreneur Secrets Jack Fitzgerald had barely experienced a bad headache in his life but, three years ago at the age of 22, he suddenly developed one that lasted for years.

Travel agent finds her niche in France

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Entrepreneur Secrets At a time when many Australian tourism operators are doing it tough, Sue Heine considers herself fortunate.

Typhoon tycoon: the storm-chasing entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur Secrets Serial entrepreneur Vincent Teubler, 47, embodies the saying “expect the unexpected”. Teubler’s “résumé” spans the spectrum.

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Model turned agent, a runway success

Taryn Williams

Entrepreneur Secrets It’s one thing to work in an industry and another to see its flaws and decide to work on it.

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Rural retailer makes the country fashionable

BIRDSNEST

Entrepreneur Secrets Three years ago Jane Cay received her first order through her online women’s fashion business Birdsnest. Today the business employs 70 staff in a rural NSW town.

Catch me if you can: how to sell every three seconds

Gabby Leibovich

Entrepreneur Secrets If you're in the retail business, be on guard. Daily deals pioneer Gabby Leibovich has plans to launch three new sites in coming months.

Boom, bailout and bankruptcy: just another day at work really

Franz Madlener

Entrepreneur Secrets Franz Madlener's career has been one white-knuckle ride. He started as a rock 'n' roll roadie, owned a surf store at 18, had skyrocketing success with homewares brand Villa & Hut - only to face...