Weekly digest: All the start-up stories we published this week in one place


If you’ve missed a day of start-up news and advice in Australia this week, don’t despair, we’ve collected them all here.


This week we heard what happened to a small Aussie start-up when it got a terse legal letter from technology giant Adobe. Don’t worry, the story ends well.


In other news of start-up activity, we heard how cloud-based business app provider Maestrano raised $1 million in its first three months of business without really trying to, a new website launched to help travellers connect with locals through sport, and seven start-ups have joined the latest ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program. We also heard how a new online social club wants to take romance offline, an online business is aiming to shake up the kitchen renovation industry and two guys without kids are making a splash in the pram business.


In other accelerator news, the world’s biggest accelerator, The Founder Institute, is seeking expressions of interest to start a chapter in Melbourne, adding to existing chapters in Perth and Sydney. Melbourne has also seen the launch of a new co-working space for social enterprises and not-for-profits, while start-ups around Canberra could see investment dollars flow with proceeds from the sale of a tech company started by the Australian National University and University of NSW going to a venture fund focused on the region.


As the federal Treasury begins to consider the submissions it received in its consultation on employee share schemes for start-ups, we heard what Deloitte thinks should change. There was also commentary on what Australia needs to focus on for the future now Toyota has decided to quit making cars in Australia, and learned five of the main issues that hold small businesses back and what they can do about them.


It was also a big week for lessons, including some handy pointers for pitching from one of our So You Think You Can Start-up finalists. There was also advice on staying lean while starting up, how you can get more out of LinkedIn, what app developers need to know amidst speculation that Google Chromecast is on its way to Australia, and had some tools to try to work smart and get more done.


We also heard how the founder of Aussie Commerce snapped up brandsExclusive for just $2 million, what your business can do with cloud computing, and dirty little secrets from 10 successful entrepreneurs.


In advice from our mentors we heard what start-ups can learn from big companies when it comes to success and accountability, the five questions to ask to help you tell the story of your products and services, and what you need to know if you want to qualify for research and development tax breaks.


And finally, if you’re wondering what sells well online, this infographic from Bigcommerce reveals all.