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How I Succeeded: Square's Ben Pfisterer

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Ben Pfisterer from Square.

HP Says 'Sorry' For Bricking Printers, Plans Software Update To Reverse Damage

Last week, we reported that HP had released firmware for some of its inkjet printers that blocked the use of replacement third-party replacement ink cartridges. Consumer advocacy group CHOICE even launched an investigation into whether HP broke Australian Consumer Laws with this move. Now HP has come out to apology to customers, not for making its printers unusable with unofficial cartridges, but for not being upfront about it. The company also plans to release firmware to remove the block on third-party catridges. Here are the details.

It's Not All About Price: Tailor Your Sales Pitch To Appeal To Different Stakeholders

Value is often subjective and when you’re a business owner trying to pitch your products, this is an important factor to consider. It’s not just a matter of making your offerings cheaper than those from competitors; if you’re working with a client organisation that has a number of different stakeholders, you need figure out what elements make your products unique and sell it differently to each stakeholder. Here’s how.

Use A 'Triage System' To Help You Prioritise Important Tasks In Your Start-Up

Start-ups can operate at a frenetic pace and it feels like everything needs to be done immediately. Time is money for start-ups and these businesses can’t afford to stagnate. But trying to do everything at the same time isn’t practical and here’s where using a ‘triage system’ to determine which tasks you should prioritise can help.

Square Launches Contactless Reader For Smartphone And Chip Credit Card Payments

Mobile payments company Square has released its contactless and chip card reader in Australia. The reader is aimed at small and medium businesses (SMBs) and comes at a time when smartphone payment services like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay are still quite new to the country. Here are the details.

How I Succeeded: Jade Software's Craig Beveridge

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Craig Beveridge from Jade Software.

Tell A Personal Story To Cure Public Speaking Paralysis

Public speaking can be terrifying for some people but it’s something that business owners often have to do in order to raise their company’s profile. Even speaking at an intimate networking event can be daunting. One start-up founder recommends having a back-up personal story that you can rely on when you freeze up from stage fright.

Australian Businesses Slow To Adopt Mobile Payments Despite Strong Demand

Australian consumers are already using their mobile devices to make payments on a regular basis. But a large number Australian businesses aren’t even ready to accept mobile payments. Read on to find out more.

Elevator Pitch: The Nightingale Collective

Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we’re talking with Alissa Nightingale, founder of The Nightingale Collective.

Small Business Confidence Surges Despite Dip In Profits

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have seen a jump in confidence in the third quarter of 2016 and continues to have a buoyant outlook for the rest of the year, according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute SME Index. This is despite continued pressure on profitability. The optimism could be a result of recent interest rate cuts and the fact that it’s getting close to the Christmas season, a busy period for SMBs. Read on to find out more.

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