Small Business & Startups

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Artist funding platform Patreon is making some changes to the way it deals with patron pledges and it's already costing both creators and their supporters more than they'd like. The change to Patreon's transaction fees will guarantee creators receive 95 per cent of the amount committed by patrons to their creative work. Unfortunately, that also means patrons will be charged more for their pledges -- and as a result, some patrons are reducing or cancelling their pledges.

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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 Dr Kate Adams, founder of gift-giving service Thankly.

Shared from Businessinsider

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Since it was revealed in August that Amazon would launch in Australia, the retail industry has been thrown into turmoil as speculation grows about the impact the tech giant will have on the local market. The views range from Amazon having a seismic hit on Australian retailing, to the polar opposite.

And despite warnings from industry experts to prepare in advance, some prominent online retailers remain nonchalant.

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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 Matthew Boyd and Tanya Dontas, co-founders of online volunteering portal Vollie.

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The Megalodon shark popularly known as Amazon is circling Australian retailers - and they've got nowhere to hide. The online shop's imminent launch in Australia is going to have a significant impact on local retail - and some will be bitten worse than others. Here are the businesses that are set to lose the most, according to the latest analysis from UBS.

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Sex and violence -- simulated or otherwise -- are two cornerstones of Western entertainment. However, recent research suggest that the old advertising maxim 'sex and violence sell' may actually be bad for business.

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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 Karl Graf and Joe Russell, founders of app development partner DreamWalk .

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Motion graphics designer and cinematographer Tyler Sparks sent over this shot of his space-saving workspace in his Brooklyn apartment, and we love it. It's a great space to do work, uses vertical space well, and has plenty of personality as well as tools for productivity.

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Dear Lifehacker, Would you be able to suggest some merchandise to put my small business logo on? (Aside from the obvious calendar and business card options.) I want something useful like a mug, but that's cool/quirky enough to stand out and be noticed. The aim is to get people talking about our brand without having to spend a fortune. Any ideas?