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MYOB boss Tim Reed joins start-up Healthshare following capital raising

2:57PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

MYOB chief Tim Reed has joined the board of digital health platform Healthshare, which has announced the successful closing of its capital raising, although the amount is undisclosed.

The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.

Online sales growth takes seasonal December slip

2:54PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Online retail growth took a dip in December compared to the previous month, according to new figures, but an economist has played down concerns that eCommerce spending is on the slide.

Tech start-up stays Nimble with $1.5 million cash boost

2:44PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland-based tech start-up Nimble will ramp up development of its credit assessment and fraud prevention platform, after raising $1.5 million from a number of high-profile investors.

Coalition unveils small business disaster loan plan

2:54PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Coalition has revealed a policy for small business emergency assistance, including concessional loans of up to $100,000, with a business group now hopeful the party will unveil costed policies in other areas.

Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

2:31PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

Telstra’s venture capital activity set for rejig as Deena Shiff departs

2:28PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Telstra executive Deena Shiff has resigned from her role as head of the telco’s in-house venture capital team, which has invested in a clutch of start-ups, such as IPscape and Dimmi.

Small business set to benefit from revised Code of Banking Practice

2:09PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Banks will need to give at least 10 days’ notice before making any materially adverse changes to small business customers’ terms and conditions, as part of the revised Code of Banking Practice.

The Iconic’s India outsourcing sparks sale speculation

2:00PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Cashed-up online fashion retailer The Iconic has come under fire after it was revealed the company has been outsourcing jobs to India, with a retail expert suggesting the start-up is preparing to sell.

Australia up three spots in global innovation – but expert says we can do better

1:23PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new report shows Australia has improved its global ranking in the innovation stakes, moving from 16th spot to 13th spot, although access to venture capital and public funding remains a problem for start-ups.

Former Rich Lister Eddy Groves declared bankrupt

1:30PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fast Eddy was nowhere to be seen when an Adelaide court delivered its ruling in bankruptcy proceedings brought by the Commonwealth Bank against the former Rich Lister.

Flood insurance claims set to hit $50 million

1:38PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The total claimed losses from the floods affecting Queensland and NSW are likely to hit $50 million this week, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Energy costs up 14.5% for start-ups after carbon tax: Report

1:54PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Energy costs for businesses have risen on average by 14.5% since the introduction of the carbon tax, according to new figures from the Australian Industry Group.

Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ scoops $9 million in funding

1:22AM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ has secured $9 million in venture funding, just 18 months after snagging $1.2 million in backing from Commercialisation Australia.

Andrew Bogut hopes new start-up venture is a slam dunk

1:47PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Andrew Bogut, Australia’s premier basketballer, has launched a new venture that aims to help Australian start-ups gain contacts and funding opportunities in Silicon Valley.

Combet warns the high Aussie dollar is "here to stay": Five ways to adapt

1:25PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Greg Combet says struggling manufacturers should just get used to a high Aussie dollar and change their game plans to suit.

The harsh reality of raising $2.5 million

1:08PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

With the 2013 StartupSmart Awards coming up, we’re taking a look back at last year’s winners. In our first profile, StartupSmart speaks to augmented reality pioneers Explore Engage. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Apple shares plummet 10% after reporting mixed holiday results

1:34PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Questions are being asked about the product pipeline at Apple, with analysts suggesting the tech giant is entering a slow growth period.

Super-hyper-mega-ultra-synergy Industries? Time to cut the buzzwords

1:28PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.

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