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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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US start-up raises $11.5 million for web-connected teddy bear

11:13PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The struggles of the Australian toy market have been put into sharp focus by a US-based start-up founded by a former Pixar executive, which has raised $11.5 million for an internet-connected, artificially intelligent teddy bear.

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Group buying consumer spending revised down to $530 million

11:23PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Group buying niche players have been warned of tough times ahead following predictions that consumer spending in the sector will drop to $530 million this year, revised down from more than $600 million.

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Co-working growing pains

11:39PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Nina Hendy

Growing numbers of start-ups are shunning the home office in favour of a co-working space, but are they ever managing to go on to bigger and better things? BY NINA HENDY.

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Aussie app Budge launches with $1 million investment

11:00AM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An app created in Melbourne that describes itself as a “micro-donation platform” has launched in Australia and the United States, having raised $1 million from investors including Seek co-founders Paul Bassat and Matt Rockman.

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Google Ventures increases funding pool to $US300 million

11:21PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google Ventures will increase its annual funding pool from $US200 million to $US300 million, allowing it to invest in more later-stage financing rounds and in a broader range of companies.

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Five Aussie start-ups looking to crack Obama’s America

11:38PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Economic growth is set to be a key focus of Barack Obama’s second term as president. When it comes to seizing opportunities in the US market, these five Aussie start-ups say “yes we can”. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Aussie start-up Tiggly guns for $200,000 US fundraise

11:00AM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tiggly, an iPad-inspired start-up, has launched a fundraising push in the US, including a listing on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, in a bid to secure $200,000.

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Top 10 worries keeping Aussie start-ups awake at night

11:36PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are cashflow concerns or marketing issues keeping you up at night? New research reveals you aren't alone. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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NSW Govt offers up $5,000 cash prizes for health-related apps

11:01PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government is calling on developers to create health-related apps as part of a newly launched competition, offering $5,000 cash prizes for the best apps in each category.

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Aussie tech start-up Sprooki raises $464,000 from Singaporean incubator

11:00AM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tech start-up founded by two former Fairfax staffers has raised $SG590,000 ($A464,000) in a round led by Singapore incubator Get2Volume, in partnership with a government-funded incubator scheme.

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No Cup day cut as interest rates hold at 3.25%

11:39PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has confounded expectations by leaving the cash rate unchanged at 3.25%, despite widespread predictions of a 25 basis point cut, and an appeal from Westpac chief Gail Kelly to help lift flagging consumer sentiment.

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Bill Gates makes surprise investment in clean tech start-up LightSail Energy

11:36PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has made a rare investment in a start-up, pouring funds into US clean tech company LightSail Energy, in a $37.3 million funding round that also includes PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

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New Year investment expectations at record high: D&B

11:28PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a third of Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey, as firms respond to lower interest rates.

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The four potential pitfalls of crowdfunding your start-up

11:13PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Reece Walker

A growing number of start-ups are turning to crowdfunding as a source of finance. But be warned: From intellectual property to ASIC regulations, there are serious pitfalls for the unwary. BY REECE WALKER.

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Swan raises doubts over online GST recommendation

11:13PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government’s review into GST has recommended broadening the tax base to boost federal tax revenues, but Treasurer Wayne Swan says such a move would hurt battlers.

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The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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COSBOA drama as chairman resigns, accounts still not signed off

11:12PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.

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