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When the taxman comes knocking

11:49PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Greg Hayes

For many businesspeople, nothing is scarier than a visit from the taxman. However, knowing what to expect and how to best manage an audit will make it less of a worry. BY GREG HAYES.

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Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.

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Mobile app venture biNu adds $4.3 million to money pool

11:00AM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up biNu has snagged $4.3 million from investors including 500 Startups, having already received funds from Google’s Eric Schmidt and Seek co-founder Paul Bassat.

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US start-ups raise five times more capital than Aussies: Report

11:20AM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based companies raise almost five times more capital than Australian companies in the early stages, according to a new report, which also shows that Sydney remains our largest start-up hub.

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WA company smashes $20,000 crowdfunding target for folding boat

11:00AM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Western Australian company Quickboats has smashed its target on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com, having already raised more than $1 million this year, as it seeks to go global with its high-tech folding boat.

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Start-ups often underestimate fundraising process: Starfish Ventures boss

11:30PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups often underestimate the time required to raise capital, says the co-founder of Starfish Ventures, following a $2 million investment in an email and web communication company.

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Ireland looks to lure Aussie start-up with incubator program

11:24PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Irish Government is offering an Australian start-up the chance to participate in prestigious incubator program LaunchPad, after launching a venture capital fund for offshore companies.

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Five key reasons why start-ups fail

11:25PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

In a recent speech, Malcolm Turnbull lamented that too many start-ups fail in their early stages. Here are five common reasons why businesses fail. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Foundry makes two start-up investments, looks to morph into VC fund

11:00AM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney incubator Foundry has revealed investments in two further start-up ventures, announcing that it is looking to raise up to $20 million to turn itself into a fully-fledged venture capital fund next year.

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Start-ups warned to prepare for Christmas cashflow squeeze

11:00AM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are being urged to remain vigilant in managing their working capital to avoid a cashflow crash in the new year as they stare down the barrel of a lukewarm Christmas trading period.

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Sydney start-up Tapestry pockets $600,000 investment

11:00AM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapestry, which has created a social media platform suitable for older people, has snagged $600,000 in a funding round led by Sydney Angels, having already won two grants from Commercialisation Australia and a national iAward.

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Government gives game developers $20 million to play with

11:08PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Game developers will benefit from a $20 million fund unveiled by the Federal Government, on the back of research showing consumers spent $1.5 billion on interactive games last year.

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Payments venture Braintree lands in Oz as eCommerce market heats up

11:05PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

US online and mobile payments platform Braintree, fresh from a $35 million fund raise, has launched in Australia, saying it is looking at the “blistering pace” of innovation in the eCommerce sector.

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‘Fitting fees’ challenged as consumers shun in-store research: Report

11:00PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Less than 5% of consumers research products in-store before eventually purchasing them online, new research reveals, suggesting there is no need for retailers to introduce “fitting fees”.

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Spotify set to snag $100 million in $3 billion valuation

11:56PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Music streaming service Spotify is set to close a $100 million funding round that would value the company at $3 billion.

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Naked Wines Australia raises $1 million via “angel” network

11:00AM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited more than 2,000 “angels”, who have raised $1 million to fund wine made by up-and-coming independent winemakers.

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New Adelaide fund to raise $50 million for medical, defence and tech devices

11:08PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new investment fund is aiming to raise an initial $50 million from private and institutional investors both here and overseas in order to finance medical, defence and technology devices.

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Optus Innov8 Seed Program sinks $700,000 into first Aussie start-ups

11:00AM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Venuemob and 121cast are the first Australian tech start-ups to receive funding from the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, pocketing $450,000 and $250,000 respectively for their innovations.

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Business conditions plummet to GFC levels: Report

11:25PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions have fallen to their weakest level in more than three years, according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey, which suggests a February interest rate cut is “on the cards”.

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Travel start-ups set for a Perfect Trip with $150 million fund

11:54PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The company that acquired trip planning app TripIt has launched a $150 million fund, which will be used to invest in start-ups focused on innovations in the travel and expense space.

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