Grabbing a share of the bounty

A WA company has developed a new software package that will allow part-time investors to analyse share markets and look for upward trends via the Internet.

BDG Australia claims the new 3G product can make online investors rich, providing they already have some understanding of the stock market.

BDG managing director Mike von Bertouch said that, for a monthly fee from $30, users would have access to a sophisticated charting and analysis program.

“We’re aiming at small to medium investors with portfolios of between $5000 and $10,000. People who can’t justify going and spending $1000 on a piece of software or $500 on a training course,” Mr von Bertouch said.

The package is downloaded onto the PC but stock information is supplied via the Internet.

“It combines the convenience and delivery of the Internet with the power and sophistication of stand alone applications,” Mr von Bertouch said.

The program already has been released in the US and Mr von Bertouch said the reaction had been very positive. BDG made a number of enhancements to the Australian version before its release two weeks ago.

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The quiet evolution of Dome

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DOME Coffees Australia is undergoing a quiet transformation as its founders, Patria Jafferies and Phil May, wind down their operational involvement in the company, which has occupied their lives full time for 11 years.

Ms Jafferies told Business News the sale of half the business last year to an investor willing to fund its expansion also had prompted the pair to think about their futures.

A new chief operating officer now reports directly to the board and is being groomed for the managing director’s role.

Meanwhile, Ms Jafferies said she hoped to use her business skills to offer “vision” to up and coming companies, while she would remain closely linked to Dome.

“I think it really is healthy,” she said.

“When you get to a certain level of your career you have to ask yourself what you want to be doing.

“I would like to be sitting on some boards and helping some small to medium companies to get to the next level.”

The Dome group started as a wholesale operation but soon evolved a retail focus when it opened a Cottesloe outlet to show how quality coffee could be presented.

The company has since grown beyond Perth to the east coast and Asia.

However, Ms Jafferies said the current economic climate had curbed the growth plans and forced the company to closely examine every decision, particularly those relating to the location of sites.

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