Bitcoin here to stay and ready to grow: Australian investors back CoinJar with $500,000

12:32PM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Rose Powell

CoinJar, a Melbourne-based bitcoin exchange and payment system, has raised $500,000 in seed funding from a range of individual investors and the Blackbird Ventures seed fund.

The importance of knowing your numbers

12:54PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Marc Peskett

It’s surprising how many entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with the bottom-line performance of their businesses. Thankfully, a little external advice can make a world of financial difference.

Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition offers $13,500 in prize money

11:17PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian mobile engagement company Mnet is offering $13,500 in prizes at its Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition in Sydney next week.

Cash is king, but does it rule alone?

11:07PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Craig Stanmore

In business, they say cash is king. So are you doing enough to manage it, and are there other key factors you need to look at?

Bitcoin is booming, and so is this start-up that’s processed $14 million in six months

11:50PM | Friday, 22 November 2013 | Rose Powell, a Sydney-based bitcoin derivative trading platform has this week announced they’ve brokered over $14 million in trades since launching in May.

Bitcoin hits record high: Its biggest users aren’t who you think they are

11:34PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Decentralised virtual currency bitcoin hit a record high overnight, breaking through the $US500 barrier. At 9.20 AEST, it had climbed to $US520.

How can I protect myself from late payment problems?

10:00AM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | James Omond

Don’t let your best customer become your worst customer – the more indebted a particular customer is to you, the less you can afford to offend them.

Not a tech start-up? Why tech still matters and how to track your cashflow

10:27PM | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Whether or not you identify as a tech start-up founder, if you’re launching a business today, you need to be tech savvy, says Simon Raik-Allen.

What are the pros and cons of leasing equipment?

10:00AM | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 | Paul Clements

There are a number of issues to consider before deciding on a finance arrangement for your equipment.

Freelancer’s IPO is no exit for Matt Barrie

10:28PM | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 | Myriam Robin has ambitious expansion plans. Its CEO says the company, an online marketplace and auction house for freelance jobs, will be the ‘eBay of jobs’.

St George Bank announces $2 billion in small business funds and free office space for start-ups

10:21PM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Rose Powell

St George Bank has announced a series of initiatives to target start-up founders including free, full-service office space, an additional 50 bankers and $2 billion in lending earmarked for small businesses.

How to discover if there is a big enough market and strong enough problem for your start-up

10:00AM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Big ideas, big markets and billion dollar problem areas were the key topics at this week’s edition of the Next start-up development program.

Three ways money can kill your start-up

10:18PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Marc Peskett

Most entrepreneurs spend a good portion of their time securing finance. However, if you’re unwary, there are three ways money can destroy your business.

Venture capital deals down but private equity investments up: global trends report

10:00PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Two reports released this week reveal July to September 2013 was a mixed quarter for investment worldwide, with a 20% increase in private equity deals since the same quarter in 2012, but the lowest quarter for venture capital deals since Q4 2011.

Jumping ship and into a start-up to ride the breaking digital wallet wave

10:44PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Mobile payments are about to reach a tipping point according to entrepreneur Ben Pfisterer, who left his job as head of innovation at Visa earlier this year to start his own company.

Where to find a government grant

9:59PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Starting your own business may feel like a daunting, lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be that way with government support available if you know where to look.

How to restructure your business plan to generate better cashflow

9:09PM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Spring is the perfect opportunity to set aside the time to re-investigate your business and create new goals and priorities, according to St George Bank’s general manager of business banking Phillip Godkin.

Aussie SMEs face cashflow crisis: Top three tips to get the cash flowing again

8:57PM | Friday, 23 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Around 81% of Australian small and medium-size businesses have experienced cashflow issues in the past 12 months. We spoke to John Moss, the chief strategy officer at MYOB, about how start-ups can keep their cashflow intact and growing.

Why you should raise money yourself and not hire a corporate advisor

8:55PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Hang around a few start-up events and it's likely you'll bump into someone – usually a 40 to 50-year-old male – who says they’re interested in becoming your 'corporate advisor'. There are some critical reasons why you should say no to them.

Bitcoin start-up calls out Commonwealth Bank on accounts suspended without warning or explanation

8:16PM | Friday, 16 August 2013 | Rose Powell

An Australian bitcoin start-up has hit out at the Commonwealth Bank in a blog post saying the bank closed the two founders' personal accounts without warning.