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Nov 17, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Retail sales produce stunning rebound; iiNet founder takes out Entrepreneur of the Year award; Aussie dollar slumps below parity; The SME spam risk

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Today on SmartCompany, we speak to iiNet founder Michael Malone about his journey from garage to Entrepreneur of the Year, hear more guidance on how business should prepare for the carbon tax, and ponder whether three months of retail sales growth – and the best monthly result in two years – means the worst is really over for the sector. And in Entrepreneur Watch, editor James Thomson discusses one of the best public speeches he's ever seen, and the lessons in leadership it reveals.

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How I
How I survived when my key supplier dropped out
4Cabling founder Nicole Kersh reveals how she bounced back when a key supplier terminated its relationship. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.
How I

Marketing Strategies
Getting the message right
Getting the message right is more than telling the market about your product and how great it is. You need to talk in terms of problems and solutions, using the words of the customer. BY TOM MCKASKILL.
Marketing Strategies

Aunty B
Should I ditch my accountant?
I love accountants. I come from a family of them so I understand how they think. For a start they are terribly busy and don't like to waste time, so you ask them a question they give you an answer.
Aunty B

Selling strategies
Trent Leyshan
Turn your anger into action. Do the most challenging tasks first, as they often bring the juiciest rewards.
Trent Leyshan

The Futurist
Colin Benjamin
We must now be patient and wait until November 24 to get the results from the head butting, recalcitrant and entrenched political disputes to be determined by the US Super Committee’s patchwork response to the US debt crisis.
Colin Benjamin

Gen-Y Millionaire
Kirsty Dunphey
How often have you been superbly impressed by a business after being asked to hold the line?
Kirsty Dunphey

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
Thinking about thinking got me thinking – how much do I really do of it? Or do I just have random thoughts that fire off, that I latch onto and run with straight away? What does it take to really think something through?
Naomi Simson

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
You’ve probably never heard of General Mark Welsh, but he may have delivered one of the most inspiring speeches you will ever see.
James Thomson

Telstra launches digital arm: The AustralianIT - PiNG

Telstra launches digital arm
Andrew Critchlow TELSTRA is to consolidate its media business into a new digital division in a shake up revealed today by CEO David Thodey.
Capgemini ups local headcount
Fran Foo IT consultancy Capgemini will boost its local headcount to support a booming energy and utilities sector.
Amazon planning smartphone?
AMAZON, which began shipping a tablet computer this week, may be eyeing the smartphone market.
Fairfax four facing probe by MPs
Nick Leys JOURNALISTS from The Age face being hauled before a committee to explain allegations of illegal hacking.
Skype adds Facebook video chat
INTERNET phone service Skype said that it will let users of its software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.
HID expands in New Zealand
Paul Broekhuyse STEPHEN Blakey has joined HID Global as the regional sales manager, identity and access management for New Zealand.
Kodak to sell online gallery
EASTMAN Kodak is trying to sell its online photo-sharing business, Kodak Gallery, people familiar with the matter say.
Slow uptake for 3D TV
Stuart Kennedy BY the end of next year most TVs will have 3D capability but viewer use of the medium remains low.
Telstra to spend $100m on video system
Andrew Colley TELSTRA today announced it would spend $100 million on new video distribution infrastructure over the coming year.
Norway hit by major data-theft attack
DATA from Norway's oil and defence industries may have been stolen.
Ex-Myspace CEO resigns as Zynga exec
FORMER CEO of Myspace Owen Van Natta is stepping down from an executive role at Zynga but will stay on its board of directors.
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IT Business
Search engines look to usurp Google
Staff lost in ANZ's 'super strategy'
Health consortium enlists Microsoft
Microsoft gives business social edge
Exec Tech
Ultrabook powerful, short on storage
Lame game engine, brilliant graphics
ASUS launches Zenbook in Australia
Chart a course for rollicking mayhem
How to save local publishing
Louise Adler IT is likely that, within three years, 25 per cent of books sold in Australia will be in an electronic format.