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Investors demand tax reform in budget’s aftermath

5:32PM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Kye White

The federal government should offer a firm commitment to tackle key issues on tax reform in order to strengthen venture capital in Australia, according to Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association chief executive Yasser El-Ansary.

Tax  | Government and Regulation

Sydney-based accounting solution startup invitco bought by Intuit

5:26PM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Kye White

Sydney-based startup invitco has been purchased by online small business and accounting solution company Intuit Inc.

 | Sell a business  | Financing a business

Resources-based technology accelerator in the works

5:34PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Kye White

Plans are being made for the possible development of a resources-based technology accelerator program in Perth, on the back of a successful mining hackathon in the city earlier this month.

 | Financing a business  | Technology

Finance startup aims to play matchmaker for SME loans

5:28PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Kye White

In its first two days of release, Australian startup Loandesk, an online service that helps small businesses find loans, secured more than 1.5 million loan requests from users, according to co-founder and director Leigh Dunsford.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Choosing a payment gateway for your business

5:24PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Ben Nicoll

When starting your next online business you will undoubtedly be faced with the choice of integrating a payment gateway. Here is a quick look at some of your likely options.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Kung fu novels and billion dollar floats: Five things you didn’t know about Alibaba founder Jack Ma

5:09PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Eloise Keating

Jack Ma likes kung fu novels and singing karaoke. He's also about to float the company he founded on Wall St for billions of dollars.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Websites

Tradie platform hipages tools up with $6 million investment from big names

5:52PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Kye White

After operating for 10 years, Australia’s largest platform for finding tradespeople, hipages.com.au has secured $6 million of investment.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Superannuation disclosure pushed back until next year

5:34PM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Kye White

AVCAL supports the federal government’s decision to extend the consultation period for proposed changes to super fund rules that, if implemented, could have a negative impact on startups.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Government and Regulation

Five small business tax deductions to keep in mind at tax time

5:50AM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Chris Ridd

Tax time is not far away, so it's worthwhile to know what deductions you can make as a small business owner.

 | Planning  | Tax  | Sole trader

$30 million bitcoin and crypto-currency fund launched

5:26PM | Monday, 5 May 2014 | StartupSmart

Future Capital Bitcoin Fund has launched a $US30 million fund which will invest in companies that are leveraging services based on bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Commission recommends ending government funding for startups

5:57PM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The Commission of Audit has recommended the government abolish both the Innovation Investment Fund and Commercialisation Australia, a rumour first reported by StartupSmart a month ago.

 | Financing a business

Incubator partnerships boost quality of Carnegie’s Den applicants

4:47PM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Kye White

The quality of applicants involved in the first Carnegie’s Den event of the year is a significant improvement on those in the past, thanks to partnerships with startup incubators, according to event organisers.

 | Venture Capital

Adbidx takes out top honours at pitching event

4:55AM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | StartupSmart

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Sydney, a non-profit group fostering entrepreneurship, held its Open Pitching Competition for 2014 with 16 entrepreneurs given three minutes each to compete for the chance to attend TiE’s annual event at Silicon Valley on May 16-17.

 | Financing a business

How to fund your startup: Quick guide to Crowdfunding

4:12PM | Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

I am still asked regularly about what crowdfunding is, whether it is legal, regulated and risky. Here is the Quick Guide to help you decide if it’s right for your startup business.

 | Financing a business  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Beauty boxes are big business with one receiving $60 million in VC funding this week

4:28PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

A US-based beauty box startup, Birchbox, has received $US60 million ($A64.6m) in venture capital funding this week, a sign that similar local startup bellabox is taking as encouragement the service has long-term staying power.

 | Financing a business

Free to fail: Why corporates are learning to love venture capital

4:12PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Marco Navone

Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. But why are so many companies, across a range of sectors, now running to open their own VC funds?

 | Venture Capital

Cybercrime on the increase with companies failing to keep up

4:54AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Cyber-espionage is up again in the 2014 report, representing a more than three-fold increase compared with the 2013 report, with 511 incidents partially due to a bigger dataset.

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Startup Stock Exchange to allow investing in bitcoin

4:24AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Caribbean-based investment marketplace the Startup Stock Exchange will allow investors or any size to back companies using their bitcoins.

 | Financing a business

TechCrunch calls out Australia’s venture capital issues, but get a key fact wrong

4:16AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Nitro cofounder Sam Chandler’s mission to keep the issue of Australia’s capital crunch on the agenda has reached its zenith, with a piece published today in major tech publication TechCrunch where he claims there is negligible latter stage funding available.

 | Venture Capital

Hedge fund hot shot calls it: We're in a bubble

4:21AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

US Hedge-fund manager David Einhorn, described by Forbes as a hot shot, has sent out an investor letter that warns we’re in a market bubble.The declaration has already affected market stocks.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital
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