The Sydney Morning Herald


Video Interview: Valerie Khoo from Social CallOut

11:09AM | Monday, 5 November

Believe it or not, I first met Valerie Khoo through Twitter a couple of months ago when The Sound of Music musical was on TV and we started singing together in the virtual space. It was so much fun!

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:19AM | Wednesday, 19 September

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

Start-ups warned over staff equity tax drawback

8:20AM | Wednesday, 29 August

An expert has issued some advice to start-ups who plan to offer stock options to employees, after players in the technology industry highlighted the drawbacks of Employee Share Option Plans.

Online start-up Tarazz strikes exclusive Australia Post deal

7:31AM | Tuesday, 31 July

Online retail start-up says it will increase its offering to as many as three million items within the next year, after teaming up with Australia Post in an exclusive deal.

Sydney entrepreneur’s start-up smashes Kickstarter funding target

7:12PM | Thursday, 26 July

Sydney-born entrepreneur John van den Nieuwenhuizen has big plans for his Apple-inspired start-up Hidden, which is on the cusp of raising $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Startmate’s Ninja Blocks raises $1 million on three-week US tour

7:29PM | Monday, 16 July

Startmate participant Ninja Blocks will return to Australia with very full pockets after securing $1 million from a group of high-profile investors, most of whom are US-based Australians.

Brumby’s carbon tax controversy prompts franchisee legal warning

7:36AM | Monday, 9 July

Franchisees have been warned that they are personally liable for their actions, in the wake of the Brumby’s carbon tax pricing furore.

Sydney and Melbourne’s greenify plans a boon for start-ups

7:42AM | Thursday, 5 July

Sydney and Melbourne are to ramp up efforts to “greenify” their cityscapes with rooftop gardens and green walls, suggesting this could be an area of opportunity for start-ups.

Tapas chain MoVida lands at Melbourne Airport

7:48AM | Wednesday, 4 July

Establishing a presence in an airport can lift your brand and image, a retail expert says, after Spanish-inspired tapas bar MoVida opened a venue at Melbourne International Airport.

17-year-old Perth entrepreneur sets his sights on San Francisco

6:33AM | Friday, 22 June

A 17-year-old Australian entrepreneur is desperate to obtain a visa to work in the United States in order to launch a start-up there, having already launched and sold three others in Australia.

HeyStartup aiming to combat “brain drain” claims with local video pitches

6:22PM | Tuesday, 19 June

A Sydney-based lawyer has rejected recent claims Australia is suffering from an entrepreneurial brain drain, after launching an online social network for overlooked start-up talent that incorporates video pitches.

Boutique or big? Start-ups urged to make the choice early on

6:14AM | Thursday, 14 June

Retail start-ups should decide from the outset whether they plan to remain a boutique business or expand into shopping centres, an industry expert says, or risk diluting their brand.

Australian start-ups tipped to thrive in low-carbon future

6:08PM | Wednesday, 13 June

Start-ups are set to thrive rather than flounder under a carbon tax, with new businesses having an opportunity to drive new industries, innovation and capabilities under the carbon pricing regime, according to a new report.

City of Sydney backs new start-up network 66 Meetups

6:33AM | Friday, 8 June

A new start-up meet-up backed by the City of Sydney has attracted more than 100 entrepreneurs and investors, with Sydney’s lord mayor flagging further start-up initiatives for the NSW capital.

Five employee induction tips from the Fair Work Ombudsman

3:18AM | Monday, 26 March

The Fair Work Ombudsman has highlighted the importance of employee inductions, saying employers who fail to properly induct new employees risk disrupting their entire workplace.

LivingSocial swoops for Aussie start-up Jump On It

3:43AM | Monday, 5 March

US group buying giant LivingSocial has acquired Australian start-up Jump On It, one year after taking a 31% stake in the company, in a deal believed to be worth around $40 million.

Business leaders hit out at “debilitating” Labor leadership battle

2:31AM | Thursday, 23 February

Labor’s leadership battle could cripple the already-fragile state of business confidence, business groups warn, with concerns raised over how Kevin Rudd’s potential return would affect conditions.

99dresses founder Nikki Durkin joins Y Combinator

11:26PM | Sunday, 20 November

Twenty-year-old Australian entrepreneur Nikki Durkin will participate in the fabled Y Combinator program in the United States, as she seeks to replace eBay as the world’s premier online fashion portal.

Telstra enlists start-up for major engineering contract

10:28PM | Sunday, 9 October

A start-up telco and utilities provider has secured a contract with Telstra to install and maintain the company’s copper network, in a potential nine-year deal believed to be worth $100 million annually.

Coca Cola unveils its game plan

8:13PM | Sunday, 28 August

Soft drink giant Coca Cola says it plans to incorporate gaming in its new marketing strategies, suggesting there are opportunities for game developers to align themselves with big brands.