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Tiger Pistol plans Asian rollout following $1.15 million angel round

5:00AM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based start-up Tiger Pistol has launched a social marketing platform specifically for SMEs, after raising $1.15 million in an angel round led by Australian investor David Solomon.

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Facebook’s cashed-up backers turn their sights to start-ups

5:00AM | Monday, 21 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook’s much-hyped float saw its shares gain just 0.97% to end at $US38.37, but the IPO looks set to be a boon for start-ups, as the company’s cashed-up founders and early investors look to sink funds into ventures such as Quora and Crowdmob.

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Pinterest valued at $US1.5 billion following $100 million investment

5:23PM | Friday, 18 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based social networking start-up Pinterest has raised $100 million in finance, valuing the company at around $US1.5 billion.

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Broad mix of WA ideas among Innovation Vouchers recipients

5:47PM | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A total of 14 SMEs will share in more than $260,000 to advance their innovation or commercialisation activity, as part of the WA government’s Innovation Vouchers Program.

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Branson sinks funds into four small start-ups

5:55PM | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson appears to be on a start-up investment spree, sinking funds into four small start-ups, including Codoc, following his backing of Square, Path and Tumblr.

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Australia’s innovation performance dubbed “appalling”

5:26PM | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s innovation performance is “appalling” compared to other countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to a former chief scientist.

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Seven in 10 retailers deferring business decisions to stay afloat: Report

5:07PM | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of Australian retailers were more likely to defer business decisions within the past 12 months as a result of recent economic issues, according to the latest Sage Business Index.

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Big four banks “couldn’t give a toss” about small business credit: O’Connor

5:00AM | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

The big four banks “couldn’t give a toss” about providing credit to new enterprises, federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor has claimed.

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Six in 10 Aussies feel they’ve been hit by GFC: Report

5:43PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 60% of Australians feel they have been personally affected by the global downturn, a new survey shows, but a retail expert says it’s important to put such surveys into context.

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Fears raised over cloud privacy restrictions

5:39PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New proposed laws that restrict the shift of data overseas could reduce the benefits of moving to the cloud, an expert has warned, despite research showing local firms view IT cloud applications as a key cost-saving measure.

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Business groups call for “modest” approach to minimum wage increase

5:20PM | Monday, 14 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business and industry groups are urging Fair Work Australia to reject a claim for the minimum wage to be lifted by $26 a week, calling for a more “modest” approach to award wages.

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Loss carry-back "trap" could mean that many businesses will fail to get tax refund

5:16PM | Monday, 14 May 2012 | Cara Waters

Tax experts have warned that many small businesses might not be able to claim the loss carry-back tax refund announced in last week's federal budget.

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US start-up Pebble raises $10 million on Kickstarter

5:40PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A California-based start-up called Pebble has smashed its goal of raising $100,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising more than $10 million, with seven days still to go.

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Should I accept finance from friends to grow my online business?

5:19PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Gillian Franklin

You have to weigh up the opportunity against the risks of getting finance. And with friendships involved, the risks are not just financial.

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SiteMinder secures $5 million investment in bid to fuel global growth

5:00AM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online hotel distribution company SiteMinder will use a $5 million investment to build on its global presence, which already covers more than 90 countries.

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Local start-ups urged to register for International Startup Festival

5:31PM | Thursday, 10 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

ANZA Technology Network is encouraging Australian start-ups to register for the International Startup Festival, where one new venture walk away with an investment of at least $50,000.

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Start thinking about what you can get out of the Budget

5:38PM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Taskmaster

The Budget has come and gone. Now it’s time to examine what it means for your business.

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Five little-known costs that can sting your start-up

5:06PM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hidden fees and charges can destroy your small business. Here are the five big bills that are about to hit your mailbox. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Federal Budget 2012: The federal budget winners and losers

5:56AM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Was your sector a winner or a loser from the 2012 Federal Budget? It’s time to examine how this budget will affect your industry.

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Federal Budget 2012: Hockey takes aim at “confused” budget

5:51AM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

Federal Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has branded the 2012 budget “confused”, claiming it fails to provide measures to aid economic growth and will ramp up future debt.

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