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Australia leads the world for contactless payment but cash still king for small transactions

6:39PM | Wednesday, 4 June 2014 | Michael Walsh

Less than 1% of Australians like to make small purchases on card despite the move towards contactless technology, according to a survey published yesterday by business intelligence company RFi.

Spreets and StyleTread co-founders take a shine to jewellery startup Gemjoli

5:45PM | Friday, 30 May 2014 | Kye White

Spreets co-founder Justus Hammer and StyleTread co-founder Bjorn Behrendt have joined Australian online jewellery startup Gemjoli as advisory board members.

Shomi the money: Aussie startup develops font-based alternative to QR code

5:29PM | Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Kye White

Australian startup Shomi has developed a font-based alternative to QR codes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First intake of Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator has their first investor pitch night

4:31PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Most of the startups midway through the Muru-d program pitched to a room of investors at the Telstra-backed accelerator’s first investor day.

The 11 rules of highly profitable companies: Best of the Web

4:56AM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

From the man who brought us the four-hour work week, self-described human guinea pig Tim Ferriss, is this pretty insightful list on what drives profitability.

Teen thinks he can save the US government $400m: A simple cost cutting strategy for startups

4:26PM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Having a cash flow crisis or just looking to save a few dollars? One 14-year-old thinks he can show you how.

Getting infrastructure right: How can startups build a scalable operational model?

3:52PM | Friday, 28 March 2014 | Paul Migliorini

Growth can be a mixed blessing for startups. It’s great to have new customers knocking at the door, but only if your cost base and cash flow are up to the task of serving them.

Stripe looks at accepting bitcoin, but Australians will have to wait

3:41PM | Friday, 28 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Online payments company Stripe is running a trial with US customers that allows them to accept bitcoin payments, but there is no definite date as to when this will be available in Australia.

Not so super for startups

3:35PM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Rick Baker

Yet another well-meaning government initiative is going to have negative side effects for the Aussie startup and venture capital community. I want to make sure the right people in the government know about it.

How can you save money in Australia’s airline wars?

3:13PM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Nina Hendy

Travelling for business can cost a pretty penny over the course of a year – here’re a few ways to cut back on domestic flight expenses.

Why we skipped Kickstarter to run a crowdfunding campaign on our own site

3:02PM | Friday, 21 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Hello Code is currently running what they’re calling a “backers campaign” to source the funds needed to keep running their private beta round for their quantified self app Exist.

Why not spending our $1.3 million investment capital quickly was the best mistake we made

3:05PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Bellabox, a mailed monthly beauty samples box, is booming. Co-founder and chief executive Sarah Hamilton shares why they didn’t immediately pursue their extensive growth plans and how it turned out for the best.

Gold Coast incubator off to Silicon Valley with a troop of start-ups

2:55PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Silicon Lakes, a Gold Coast incubator and co-working space has announced a trip to Silicon Valley with several local start-ups set to launch in the coming months.

MYOB co-founder Craig Winkler among early investors, as Practice Ignition raises $650,000 seed funding

2:04PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Practice Ignition, an Australian firm that helps accountants to streamline their interaction with clients, has raised $650,000 in seed funding from investors including MYOB co-founder and early Xero investor Craig Winkler.

Start-ups are Scary: Bigcommerce founders on overcoming their fear of raising capital

2:00AM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Bigcommerce has a team of 300 and has raised $75 million to fuel its ambitious growth plans. But to reach any of these goals, its founders had to overcome their fear of raising capital.

Consider setting up a crowdfunding site – inside your company

2:00AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Taskmaster

IBM management recently introduced a crowdfunding site for projects within their company. It’s an idea you might be able to replicate on a smaller scale within your business.

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