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Australian start-up StethoCloud snags $75,000 grant from Microsoft

12:00AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian start-up that developed a solution to diagnose childhood pneumonia has won a $75,000 grant after being named the runner-up of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Grants program.

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oZAPP Awards targets budding developers with $300,000 prize pool

12:00AM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm will contribute $US100,000 to the prize pool of the upcoming oZAPP Awards, which are aimed at emerging Australian app developers, taking the total up to $300,000.

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Why VC firms now take start-ups seriously

12:15PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Mahesh Sharma

There has been a seachange in how Australian VC firms view start-ups. The reasons behind this change hold vital insights for start-ups looking for finance. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

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RBA cuts cash rate to 3% as consumer spending stalls

12:41PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.

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Retail Food Group and Collins Foods franchises look to buck retail gloom

12:17PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise giants Retail Food Group and Collins Foods have painted a positive outlook for their brands, bucking recent industry trends.

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COSBOA attacks Ken Phillips' claims that it's controlled by big tobacco

12:05PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Cara Waters

COSBOA has fought back against claims made by its former chairman, Ken Phillips, that the organisation is controlled by tobacco companies.

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Businesses tip higher profits, but conditions still patchy: Study

12:00AM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses will end the year on a reasonably positive note, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey, but the outlook for 2013 is mixed, with rising profit levels but a “patchy” employment market.

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Tech start-ups urged to go Dutch with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

12:41PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another European funding avenue for tech start-ups has opened up, with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam offering teams €15,000 in seed funding and the opportunity to pitch for more.

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Government to start implementing changes around GST import threshold

12:35PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers have welcomed Government action on the controversial GST import threshold, but might face a long wait for action.

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Beware of the banker

12:21PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Earlier today, Taskmaster Enterprises received an email purportedly coming from one of the big four banks. For good reason, Old Taskmaster was wary.

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Peter Thiel-backed fund pours further investment into Xero

12:00AM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Valar Ventures, a fund backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, has joined another firm to invest an additional US$49 million into cloud-based start-up Xero.

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Start-up lessons from the US Cleantech Open Global Forum

11:41PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The director of Sydney clean tech start-up enLighten has outlined some key tips for companies doing business in the United States, after attending the Cleantech Open Global Forum.

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How I built the Amazon empire: Four top tips from Jeff Bezos

11:35PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should respond to skepticism systematically and be prepared for a fight from the very beginning, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

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Online genealogy boom continues as MyHeritage raises $25 million

11:26PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Israeli company MyHeritage has acquired long-term rival after raising $25 million in new funding, as the genealogy industry continues to grow both overseas and in Australia.

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Parliamentary inquiry again calls for small business banking code

11:20PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Bankers Association is under pressure to adopt a small business banking code of conduct or face new regulations.

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BlueChilli-backed start-up Moneysoft raises $600,000

11:52PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Financial services start-up Moneysoft, which has been backed by Sydney incubator BlueChilli, plans to ramp up its presence in the Australian market after closing its third round of funding, bringing the total capital raised to $660,000.

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Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

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Confidence creeps back among Aussie SMEs: Report

11:00AM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Confidence appears to be slowly seeping back into Australia’s small business sector, with a sunnier outlook on sales and profitability starting to take hold, according to new figures.

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Taxing times for start-ups with global ambitions

11:11PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Marc Peskett

Do you have ambitions of international expansion? If so, be prepared to grapple with international tax regulations. BY MARC PESKETT.

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