• ASX-listed wearable tech startup Nuheara raises $9 million for its intelligent earphones July 21, 2017 4:51 am
    Wearable tech startup Nuheara has raised $9 million from institutional investors, just five months after the ASX-listed startup began distributing its intelligent earphones. The patented Nuheara earphone technology allows users to alter sound levels, amplifying conversations and suppressing background noise. It was developed by co-founders Justin Miller, formerly chief executive of global communication company Sensear, […] The post ASX-listed wearable tech startup Nuheara raises $9 million for its intelligent earphones appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Angela Castles
  • Your company’s made a mistake or received a complaint: Now what? July 21, 2017 4:29 am
    You’ve made a mistake. Your systems are offline, or a promise you made to shoppers wasn’t delivered. Perhaps customers are complaining about an ad you had passed through countless focus groups, or your startup is facing backlash for something nobody could have seen coming. It feels bad, and academics and entrepreneurs both agree that it should. […] The post Your company’s made a mistake or received a complaint: Now what? appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Emma Koehn
  • Ditch self-promotion for humility and your startup could thrive July 21, 2017 2:45 am
    Entrepreneurs are constantly told the importance of confidence and assertiveness, but one venture capitalist has driven home the value of humility for building strong companies and better teams. Venture capitalist and founder of web curation startup Snipit, Ramy Adeeb, has written a plea to company founders on Medium, asking that they think of themselves less […] The post Ditch self-promotion for humility and your startup could thrive appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Emma Koehn
  • Why social media likes don’t pay the bills (and three things to focus on instead) July 21, 2017 2:08 am
    Social media is one of the most powerful and cost effective marketing platforms currently available to small business. In the past few years, we’ve personally witnessed countless businesses completely transformed with good socials and a strong content marketing strategy. Brand awareness, leads, sales — it’s all possible. And yet, there are still so many businesses struggling […] The post Why social media likes don’t pay the bills (and three things to focus on instead) appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Stevie Dillon
  • Turnbull commits to full company tax cut plan … Optus to invest $1 billion in regional mobile … Reject Shop shoppers rocked by dead mouse in Spongebob biscuits July 21, 2017 1:54 am
    By Dominic Powell and Emma Koehn.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia is not alone in its push to reduce company tax rates to boost productivity, saying recent meetings with G20 leaders showed many other nations were on the same path. “On some issues they had less in common but on one thing they shared […] The post Turnbull commits to full company tax cut plan … Optus to invest $1 billion in regional mobile … Reject Shop shoppers rocked by dead mouse in Spongebob biscuits appeared first on SmartCompany.
    SmartCompany
  • Business owner accuses Cotton On of launching product range with “lots of inspiration” taken from her designs July 21, 2017 1:47 am
    A small business owner and fashion designer has rallied support and challenged large-scale clothing retailer Cotton On over claims the business launched a fashion range with very similar designs to her own. News.com.au reports founder and operator of fashion business Billie The Kid Jayni Assirati has accused Cotton On of releasing a range of personalised […] The post Business owner accuses Cotton On of launching product range with “lots of inspiration” taken from her designs appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Dominic Powell
  • Myer says discounting is off the table: Have Aussie shoppers seen the end of big sale events? July 21, 2017 1:47 am
    Myer chief executive Richard Umbers has insisted that discounting is not the answer to the questions surrounding the department store’s turnaround, after an profit downgrade for retailer prompted analysts to revisit the tough climate facing big bricks-and-mortar stores. However, retail experts say prices are just the starting point for brands building loyalty. On Thursday Myer […] The post Myer says discounting is off the table: Have Aussie shoppers seen the end of big sale events? appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Emma Koehn
  • Watchdog orders take down of Vodka Cruiser ad over use of “highly childish” model to promote alcohol July 21, 2017 1:37 am
    The manufacturer of popular alcopop drink Vodka Cruisers has felt the wrath of the Advertising Standards Board after complaints were made over the use of an underage-looking model in an Instagram advertisement. The ad, which has since been taken down, featured a close-up of the face of a female model with a plastering of glitter […] The post Watchdog orders take down of Vodka Cruiser ad over use of “highly childish” model to promote alcohol appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Dominic Powell
  • ACCC to drag big telcos to court for over-promised, under-delivered NBN July 21, 2017 1:30 am
    Some of Australia’s largest telecommunications service providers — such as Telstra, Optus, TPG and Vocus — are under investigation due to “misleading” NBN advertisements, according to the consumer watchdog. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims told The New Daily that “some” of these “big four” service providers were already under investigation and have been put on notice over […] The post ACCC to drag big telcos to court for over-promised, under-delivered NBN appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Alana Mitchelson
  • The Rental Guys repays customers $100,000 after ASIC takes it to task on contract changes July 21, 2017 1:09 am
    A whitegoods and furniture rental company has repaid more than $100,000 to consumers after the corporate regulator found it failed to meet its lending obligations when writing new contracts for customers after the acquisition of a new business. The Rental Guys has refunded most of the money the Australian Securities and Investments Commission found had been […] The post The Rental Guys repays customers $100,000 after ASIC takes it to task on contract changes appeared first on SmartCompany.
    Emma Koehn