More than a feeling : Ten design practices to deliver business value

“Amazon Prime. The Apple iPhone. Netflix. Tesla. For those companies that get design right, the prizes are rich. The S&P 500 companies that invested most into design processes, capabilities, and leadership over the past decade, including design stalwarts such as Disney, Nike, and P&G, outperformed the rest of the index by 211 percent. The importance … Read more

Winery Lane founders looking at “hockey stick” sales growth as the specialty wine marketplace closes an $800,000 raise

In the midst of closing an $800,000 funding round Stephen Mobbs, co-founder of online wine marketplace Winery Lane, says the startup is currently seeing a “hockey stick” of sales growth. “A lot of that has been driven by word-of-mouth. We don’t drive sales through promotions, and we’re not in a race to the bottom on … Read more

CLEANING COMPANY HIT WITH RECORD $500K IN PENALTIES FOR EXPLOITING OVERSEAS WORKERS

The “deliberate”, “repeated” and “systemic” exploitation of three overseas workers has resulted in a West Australian cleaning company, including its husband and wife operators, being hit with nearly $511,000 in penalties for Fair Work breaches.    Catherine Paino-Povey, Mark Povey and their company– Commercial and Residential Cleaning Group Pty Ltd – were fined $77,400, $72,240 … Read more

Why Thankyou Group is pulling its food range: “It feels hard, but it feels right”

A month ago, co-founder of consumer goods brand Thankyou, Daniel Flynn, was discussing the success of his social enterprise business model with President Barack Obama. It was a humbling experience to be invited to the Obama Foundation’s inaugural conference on entrepreneurship, but Flynn tells SmartCompany it wasn’t long after returning to Australia that his business was making a significant … Read more

“INNOVATION WILL FLOURISH” IN THE DIGITAL CURRENCY SECTOR AS ANTI-LAUNDERING LAWS PASS

The passage of anti-money laundering legislation through Parliament on Thursday will facilitate further growth in Australia’s local blockchain and digital currency industry, according to local fintech leaders.  The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017 will extend anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulation to digital currency exchanges. The legislation requires these exchanges to monitor … Read more