Week in brief June 12 2012

LinkedInAll the smaller business-related news to emerge this week, including: Naked Office to expose employers; Exporting tips event; LinkedIn hack; From dropouts to entrepreneurs; One for the arts connoisseurs; and much more.

All the smaller business-related news to emerge this week, including: Naked Office to expose employers; Exporting tips event; LinkedIn hack; From dropouts to entrepreneurs; One for the arts connoisseurs; and much more.


A new website has just been launched that enables the Australian workforce to anonymously review their current or past employer. The cunning folks behind www.nakedoffice.com.au claim the site is the first in Australia to combine employee reviews, company profiles and job advertisements to create an online ‘workplace community’ and say the goal of Naked Office is to provide a social media platform for the Australian workforce to share their experiences and job satisfaction through anonymous employee reviews. The reviews give ratings of one to five stars and include such aspects as culture, pay and career opportunities. A detailed commentary is then written including positives, negatives and benefits, resulting in workplaces and jobs revealed. Companies can get on the site and promote themselves on through a company profile page. Should you be nervous?


If you’re new to exporting and would like to find out more about the world of international business, you are invited to attend a workshop in Canberra this coming Thursday June 14 that will cover the export basics in one easy lesson, delivered in conjunction with Canberra Business Point. Where - Canberra Business Council. More info here.

Hot on the heels of last week’s seriously publicised LinkedIn hack, a number of IT security vendors have issued tips on how best to minimise the impact of such attacks. Here’s some from Phil Kernick, Chief Technology Officer of CQR, on the importance of using different passwords for different online accounts and services: “Using a common password is the worst thing you can do – it gives a hacker’s the use of your entire cyber identity. While many believe this is too difficult, a distinct and complex password for each account is possible by using so-called password ‘safes’ - websites or apps that save each password and allow access to each when needed. An example is the not-for-profit pwsafe.org. The LinkedIn hack is a serious breach and Australians should act now to limit the damage to their other accounts with apps, financial institutions, email and online shopping services.” 

If you’re one of the many business owners and/or budding entrepreneurs out there who, for whatever reason, dropped out of university, you’re probably already well aware of a few of the highly successful entrepreneurs out there who have kicked goals – and then some – despite not completing their tertiary education. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg are a few names that come to mind. But if you ever needed more proof that serious business success can be achieved by uni dropouts, the team at Accredited Online Colleges have put together an interesting infographic that clearly spells it out. Check it out here, but be sure to read it through to the very end for the caveat…

The Federal Government has announced it will nominate experienced government adviser Ian Davidoff as an Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund for a two year term beginning November 1. Davidoff will assist the Executive Director in representing a constituency of countries within the IMF comprising Australia, Kiribati, Korea, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu.

And while on the subject of government nominations, Susan Pascoe AM is being nominated for the position of Commissioner of the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The ACNC, which will commence operations on October 1, will be the NFP sector's Commonwealth regulator and the Commissioner will oversee the functions of the ACNC. Pascoe has held a number of statutory appointments, board memberships and senior management positions in Victoria, in both the private and public sector.


If you consider yourself something of a fine arts connoisseur, then this one’s for you. Artchu, Australian and Singapore-based company, has just launched a new online platform that allows art lovers and business owners to commission personalised art pieces for their homes and offices. The website, www.artchu.com, claims to make original fine art accessible and affordable by connecting people with talented artists from around the world, and Director Kern Wyman says his business model is unique in the way its allows people to specify an art brief that matches their tastes and spaces, and then have artists offer to create it. Worth a look…

CORRECTION: On page 53 of the June 2012 print issue of My Business the contact details of Kyrren Konstantinidis, a solicitor in the commercial dispute resolution team at Colin Biggers & Paisley, have been incorrectly printed. Any readers wishing to contact Kyrren directly can do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning (02) 8281 4555.

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