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Six tips on how to sell your startup to investors

7:06PM | Friday, 31 July 2015 | Mark McDonald

A poor team with great selling skills and confidence is equally, if not more likely, to raise money than a great team with poor selling skills.

Financing a business  | Business advice and education

Innovation Bay finally makes it to Melbourne

7:20PM | Friday, 24 July 2015 | Kye White

The series of networking events, which helps introduce startups to investors, is launching in Melbourne at long last.

 | Financing a business

Angel investor Renata Cooper’s Forming Circles Global fund on the lookout for female-led startups

7:16PM | Thursday, 23 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

Angel investor Renata Cooper has launched a new investment fund focusing on investing in and mentoring female-led tech startups.

 | Financing a business

KPMG looking for startup disrupters in the energy and natural resources sector

7:48PM | Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Kye White

As the rate at which large companies are replaced increases, firms like KPMG are increasingly looking for ways to engage with their disruptors.

 | Financing a business  | Insurance  | How to start a...

Off-the-plan property marketplace Investorist raises $2.5 million ahead of overseas expansion

7:38PM | Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Kye White

Melbourne-based off-the-plan property marketplace Investorist has raised $2.5 million at a $20 million valuation to accelerate growth.

 | Financing a business

Unicorns get rejected too: Brian Chesky reveals emails from investors who passed on Airbnb at a $1.5 million valuation

7:53PM | Monday, 13 July 2015 | Kye White

The next time you get a rejection email from an investor, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky wants you to think about this.

 | Financing a business

Startups should now start thinking about drawing up employee share schemes

6:21PM | Friday, 26 June 2015 | Kye White

Startups should now start framing a philosophy around how they want to reward their employees when building employee share schemes

 | Planning  | Financing a business  | Leadership  | How to start a...

Investor options falling short for Aussie startups looking for mid-level investment

6:49PM | Friday, 26 June 2015 | Kye White

Plenty of great Australian startups are desperate for $2-10 million in funding, but they’re underserved by investors, Starfish Ventures investment principal John Dyson says.

 | Venture Capital  | How to start a...

The saga of employee share scheme reforms: six years, three prime ministers, seven small business ministers and it's finally happened

6:07PM | Thursday, 25 June 2015 | Kye White

The startup industry has been calling for reform since 2009 but the federal government has finally passed the employee share scheme reform legislation.

 | Tax

Blue Sky snaps up $15 million for its new venture capital fund

6:18PM | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Blue Sky Venture Capital has closed its first deal for its new venture capital fund, securing more than $15 million in capital to invest in Australian startups.

 | Venture Capital

Amazon shows Google tax can work, despite arguments against it

6:49PM | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 | Antony Ting

Amazon's announcement that it had started to pay tax on its sales in the UK rather than in Luxembourg is a development not just important for the UK, but also for Australia.

 | Tax

Uber drops prices by 10% in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast prior to GST crackdown

6:56PM | Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Uber has slashed prices for its UberX service by 10% in a bid to grow its user base prior to drivers having to pay the GST.

 | Growth  | Cashflow  | Technology

Digital technology is now 5% of Australia’s GDP, but IT graduate numbers still falling short

6:06AM | Tuesday, 16 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Digital technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Australian economy but the number of graduates with STEM skills is not keeping up with demand.

 | Tax  | Technology  | IT  | Leadership

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam gets $500,000 in the tank

6:30PM | Monday, 15 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam has snapped up $500,000 in seed funding in order to roll out its technology across Australia.

 | Growth  | Venture Capital

Tax reform needs to “open up greater access” to venture capital

6:56PM | Tuesday, 2 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Any reforms to the Australian taxation system need to place entrepreneurship and innovation front and centre, according to the peak body for the venture capital industry.

 | Tax  | Government and Regulation

Snapping up seed funding requires a strong team and track record, according to the founder of Tidy Me

6:04PM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Successfully scaling an on-demand technology startup requires a strong team and taking a lean approach, according to the co-founder of a platform that snapped up $750,000 in seed funding from AirTree Ventures last week.

 | Venture Capital

RiverPitch extends deadline, hopes to see more startups pitch to the likes of Steve Baxter

6:53PM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

The opportunity to take part in River City Labs’ River Pitch competition has been extended, with applications for investment-hungry entrepreneurs now closing on Wednesday.

 | Venture Capital

Griffin Accelerator announces 2015 intake as Canberra startup scene blooms

6:50AM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Canberra’s Griffin Accelerator has named the seven teams in its 2015 program, with each startup in this year’s intake receiving $25,000 in funding in exchange for 10% equity.

 | Financing a business

Fintech might be hot right now, but banks are still winning

5:33PM | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | Amy Auster

The term “fintech” – the marriage of financial services with technology companies – has only recently come into vogue in Australia, with venture capital starting to flow into the sector.

 | Financing a business

Eventbrite co-founder says the key to raising capital is meeting your own expectations

5:27PM | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

For the co-founder of Silicon Valley-based startup Eventbrite, raising $200 million over six years all comes down to proving to investors that you can meet and exceed expectations.

 | Venture Capital
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