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Sep 14, 2011

10 ways to spring clean your business, 40-year-old food group collapses, Retailer slammed over counterfeit goods, Should you fess: Smartcompany News & Analysis

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Today on SmartCompany we look at what should be the final chapter in the long-running saga of letting students work short after-school shifts, examine a Federal Court case that has seen a clothing retailer slammed and ask why housing starts remain so low. We also look at two more company collapses, but in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson’s glass is half full as he asks whether consumer and business confidence may have finally bottomed.

For all this and more, head to our home page.

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10 ways to spring clean your business
Spring is here and it is time to cut the excuses and give your business a thorough spring clean. BY EMILY ROSS.
Spring cleaning

Tax Update
Should you fess up to the taxman?
To receive a reduction in tax penalties, taxpayers have to fess up to the taxman before he effectively catches them. BY TERRY HAYES.
Tax confession

Aunty B
Should I feel guilty about being a full-time entrepreneur and part-time mum?
Guilt? What a waste of emotion. If you are feeling guilty, make some readjustments so you don't.
Aunty B

Facebook Know-how
Lara Solomon
A new Facebook page has sparked a "liking" craze - here's why you shouldn't jump on board.
Lara Solomon

Online sales
Chris Thomas
There’s a lot of competition if you’re trying to make people aware of your online competition.
Chris Thomas

IT Systems
David Markus
Many view IT as a necessary, but not important, service; this view can seriously hinder their growth.
David Markus

Business Tech Talk
Paul Wallbank
Productivity gains of the 1990s were based on accessible computer technology; are we about to see another revolution in our workplaces?
Paul Wallbank

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
How much can cloud computing save you? The first part of the answer is probably quite a bit and the second part is it depends.
Dave Stevens

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
We’re not out of the woods, but there are some encouraging signs that consumer and business confidence are edging up.
James Thomson

Stocks and Markets in The News

Asia


Asia stocks rise as Greece default fears ease Asia stocks post gains, with sentiment buoyed by assurances from France and Germany that Europe will stand behind Greece as the nation struggles to cut its debt pile. 10:28 p.m. Today
  Jim Rogers on Singapore, China investment in Southeast Asia In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jim Rogers speaks about Singapore as a financial capital in Asia and about China's investments in Southeast Asian countries. video content 6:18 p.m. 

Today Insurgents Who Attacked U.S. Embassy Killed WSJ reporter Maria Abi-Habib reports from Afghanistan on the situation following a series of attacks by local insurgents. video content 10:20 a.m. Today


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Techcompany News and Analysis





Thursday, September 15th 2011




Who are the next generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs? While Mark Zuckerberg and Biz Stone may be seen as rising stars in the tech world, the fact is these old-timers are actually fast becoming veterans in an industry always looking for the next big thing.

In our Best of the Web this week, we take a look at a New York Magazine piece that chronicles some of the newest entrepreneurs in the Valley, and focuses on the importance of execution – no one cares if you have a good idea, only that you’re able to build a user base.

You should also read the five lessons we’ve learnt this week from the tech industry, especially the lessons given by Google Wave co-founder Lars Rasmussen. And don’t forget to check out our bloggers, including Chris Thomas, on how to get the most out of running online competitions.





Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany



BEST OF THE WEB: The next generation of Silicon Valley and the man behind Apple’s new CEO 
The next generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are young 20-somethings who spend entire nights coding, trying to crack that next big hit. Read more



WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: How Google learned that scarcity bring clarity 
The demise of Google Wave provides a good lesson to SMEs on why some projects fail and others succeed. Read more



GADGET WATCH: Motorola Droid Bionic 
Motorola has been on a pretty good ride this year with the Xoom tablet and the Atrix smartphones, but can it continue its good reviews with this Android powered phone? Read more



MY BEST TECH: Guy King 
RetailMeNot founder Guy King reveals his favourite piece of tech is an iPhone app that seems simple enough, but helps improve productivity in a big way. Read more



IT Systems – David Markus 
Are your IT systems ready for growth? 
Many view IT as a necessary, but not important, service; this view can seriously hinder their growth. Read more



IT Means Business – Dave Stevens  
How much can you really save in the cloud? 
How much can cloud computing save you? The first part of the answer is probably quite a bit and the second part is it depends. Read more



Online Sales – Chris Thomas  
There’s a lot of competition for competitions 
There’s a lot of competition if you’re trying to make people aware of your online competition. Read more



Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
Would you march on Facebook? 
A new Facebook page has sparked a "liking" craze – here's why you shouldn't jump on board. Read more



Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank 
The quiet revolution 
Productivity gains of the 1990s were based on accessible computer technology; are we about to see another revolution in our workplaces? Read more