Yearly Archives: 2017 Back

How Swanwick Sleep has already made a killing selling on Amazon

E-commerce start-up Swanwick Sleep went from zero to $US1.5 million ($2 million) in less than two years. The Brisbane-based company sells amber-coloured lenses that filter artificial blue light from digital devices and modern energy efficient lighting. Company co-founder Tristan Swanwick attributes its success to a number of factors, including selling on US e-commerce giant, Amazon. … Read more

Melbourne’s BetterView aims to help job candidates showcase their skills through colleague endorsements

With competition in the job market high, it’s becoming increasingly harder for candidates to stand out – cue the stories about impersonating a Postmates delivery person in order to deliver a donut box ‘resume’ to executives at a company or something equally over the top. However, just as when selling a product or service, word of mouth … Read more

Raise Capital on Your Own Terms : How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (ebook)

Author: Jenny Kassan You’re an entrepreneur with a great idea. But your business needs money. So, do you max out your credit cards, borrow from friends and family, and do everything yourself? Or do you make a devil’s bargain with some venture capitalist who’ll demand a tenfold return and could easily take your business out … Read more


High-profile entrepreneur Mark Bouris will head up a taskforce established by the Federal Government to encourage small businesses to adopt digital technologies that will streamline their operations. Bouris will be joined on the Small Business Digital Taskforce by Spiro Pappas (Executive General Manager of Global Institutional Banking at NAB), Pip Marlow (former MD, Microsoft Australia), … Read more

Naomi Simson’s Red Balloon fined $43,200 by consumer watchdog: “It’s a very expensive lesson”

Corporate gift company Red Balloon  has been fined $43,200 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly overcharging four customers for “excessive payment surcharges” on credit card purchases. The company, founded by Shark Tank investor Naomi Simson, was found to have fallen foul of the nation’s excessive surcharges ban which has applied to large businesses since September … Read more