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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.

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.

$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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

ATP Innovations up against three US programs for Incubator of the Year award

4:45PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney-based tech incubator ATP Innovations is one of four finalists for an international Incubator of the Year award, an accolade the team says is testament to the flourishing local ecosystem.

Is Angel List’s new fund more expensive or cheaper than traditional venture capital funds?

4:06PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Startup and investor marketplace Angel List launched a fund last week, which allows people to back investors and the companies they choose. The new approach, coupled with their slightly different fee structure, has set the VC industry talking.

Angel List shakes up startup funding again with a new $25 million fund

4:12PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Online community investment site Angel List has this week launched a $25 million fund to “bet” on leading investors, and companies they select.

We’re off to Texas! Why this Central Coast startup chose Austin over Silicon Valley

4:59PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneur Helen Mitchell is getting ready for the “world’s biggest commute”, splitting her time evenly between her startup’s office in the Gold Coast and its new one in Texas.

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.

National INCUBATE university accelerator program to pitch at Google Demo Day

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Fifteen early-stage startups manned by students from four universities will pitch at the National Demo Day for the INCUBATE program during a Google for Entrepreneurs event today.

Commercialisation Australia freeze has negative impacts beyond limiting available capital

4:07PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Rose Powell

The freezing of the federal government-backed venture capital grants has been met with widespread concern in the startup and ICT community.

SA Angels arranges special presentation from Swisscom Ventures and Acumen Ventures

4:29PM | Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Craig Yeung

Last month, Piper Alderman hosted angel investment group SA Angels for a special invitation only event featuring Stefan Kuentz of Swisscom Ventures and Shane Cheek from Acumen Ventures.

Global venture capital hits a high not seen since before the global financial crisis

4:26PM | Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Global venture capital financing totals in the first quarter of 2014 have reached levels not seen since 2008, according to alternative assets data analysis group Preqin.

30,000 extra businesses could benefit from private equity and VC with a few changes to the system

4:55AM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Australia needs to reform the venture capital system to enable more companies to access local private equity, according to a submission by capital peak body Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).

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.

“Don’t leave us”: Mark Carnegie launches second pitching comp to keep Australian startups here

3:00AM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie will host a second live pitching event for 10 startups and a host of investors in early May in a bid to connect local startup talent to the capital they need to stay in the country.

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