Financing a business



How we raised $1.2 million from Peter Thiel: ScriptRock

7:23PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Honesty is a virtue often underrated by start-ups seeking investment, according to local start-up ScriptRock, after it raised $1.2 million in a round led by vaunted US serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

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NAB hikes business loan rates again

7:09PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Cara Waters

NAB insists that a rise in its business lending rates is not linked to the bank's mortgage market push.

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Biotech firm seeks $500,000 to be the catalyst for medical innovations

7:58PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian biotech company Catalyst Medial has revealed it is looking to raise up to half a million dollars in order to commercialise new products from incubators and universities.

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New credit card reforms: What your start-up needs to know

7:40PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you use a credit card in your start-up? If so, you need to be familiar with the credit card reforms that came into force on July 1, and what these changes mean for your start-up. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Sydney tech start-up OrionVM sniffs out Series A funding in US

7:00AM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up OrionVM is preparing to close a Series A round in the United States, with plans to open an office in San Francisco and a datacentre in Silicon Valley.

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US start-up funding in decline, but local outlook not so grim

7:10PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report reveals start-up funding in the United States is in decline, falling by 12% in the April-June period, but a local body says the fundraising climate in Australia isn’t quite as tough.

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Data underlines Australia's two-speed economy

7:40PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | James Thomson

Western Australia's mineral riches are keeping it ahead of the pack.

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Tech start-up funding revealed

7:00PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Silicon Valley was once emthe/em place for tech start-ups, but is that still the case? If your mobile app or eCommerce site is the next big thing, here's how (and where) to get funding. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Why the price is rarely right for start-ups

7:39PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

Setting prices can be tricky: Too low and you go broke, too high and you scare off potential consumers. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your price is always right. BY NINA HENDY.

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Annual spending up 10% but businesses told not to lose focus

7:04PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Spending is up more than 10% on a year ago, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, which shows Queensland has marked its 12th straight month of trend BSI gains.

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ATO highlights focus areas for 2012/13: Sham contracting high on its list

7:36PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.

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Business conditions suffer setback amid more global uncertainty

7:33PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions weakened in the June quarter, according to NAB’s Quarterly Business Survey, with conditions deteriorating across most industries, while confidence also took a hit.

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Understand what your accountant is talking about

7:17PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you looking to learn another language? Forget learning French, Chinese or Lithuanian! Instead, learn to speak your account’s language.

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Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown collapses

7:38PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown has collapsed because of a dispute between a director and shareholder.

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Dell announces $60 million fund for storage start-ups

7:31PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Dell is hoping a new $60 million fund dubbed the Dell Fluid Data Storage Fund will win the hearts of tech start-ups, insisting it will contribute sweat equity in addition to money.

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Micro firms least loyal business banking customers: Report

7:21PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Micro businesses are the least loyal business banking customers, according to an East & Partners report, which shows corporates are by far the most loyal segment.

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7:11PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

99designs co-founder Mark Harbottle is among the group of investors that has sunk almost half a million dollars into, a marketplace dedicated to minor website customisations.

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

7:00AM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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Buffett awards Berkshire Hathaway stock to young entrepreneurs

7:05PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Billionaire speculator Warren Buffett has given away $13,000 worth of highly-prized shares in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, to a group of budding entrepreneurs aged under 16.

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Snooze latest to offer vendor finance to franchisees

7:33PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Bedding retailer Snooze has become the latest franchise to offer vendor finance for its franchisees, following in the footsteps of the likes of Baker’s Delight.

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