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How bootstrapped Vero grew revenue 1300% in 12 months using content marketing

12:00AM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Email marketing software firm Vero is heading into its second year of operation committed to continuing its 20% month-on-month revenue growth target, but co-founder Chris Hexton it gets harder for businesses to grow as they get bigger.

Asia-Pacific enterprise software accelerator to launch in 2014

12:30PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Rose Powell

One of the first regional accelerator programs for tech entrepreneurs based in Australia and Asia, the Venture.tec accelerator, will launch in early 2014.

Beyond cash: Using your crowd funding campaign to sell units, gain exposure and identify target markets

12:10AM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Jeremy Bogan is $20,000 into a $250,000 Kickstarter campaign to commercialise his prototype of the vtalk desk phone.

Two-year-old pet eCommerce start-up closes $1.5 million series A round

12:47PM | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Online pet products retailer Paws for Life has closed their series A funding round with a $1.5 million investment from Blue Sky Alternative Investments.

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.

When venture capital investment isn’t everyone’s cup of tea: SelfWealth’s fundraising story

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

When investment tool SelfWealth went looking to raise around $3 million to bring its information technology in-house, it considered but then rejected accessing venture capital sources.

Employee share schemes aren’t just for start-ups: Why this 30-year-old company is giving it a try

12:34PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Myriam Robin

If you lack the cash to pay the talent you need, shares in your company may be one of the few assets you have.

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.

Global angel and seed investment deals up by 375% in the last five years

11:57PM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Early stage venture capital investment has boomed globally over the past five years, according to investment tracking group Preqin, but follow-up series A funding has dropped slightly.

Airtasker raises a further $2 million: Co-founder on the trend towards hyper-local tech offerings

11:13PM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Airtasker, an online marketplace for outsourcing short-term jobs, has closed a $2 million funding round with Exto Partners, BridgeLane Capital and a range of private equity investors.

Top five tips for seeking venture capital and how to prepare for it

11:57PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Rose Powell

As the Australian start-up scene takes off, entrepreneurial-friendly capital markets are evolving with strategic entrepreneurs best positioned to take advantage of the rapidly blossoming opportunities.

How new accelerator Muru D is making its relationship with investor Telstra work

11:09PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Managing investors, especially major corporate ones can be a challenge for emerging businesses, but start-up veteran Mick Liubinskas says any concerns he may have had about Telstra reaching out to start-ups have been assuaged.

Leading accelerator program to open in Sydney next month

11:57PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The ANZ Innovyz Start program will launch its first accelerator program in Sydney for three to five start-ups, in tandem with the fourth intake of the Adelaide program.

IntelligenceBank closes over-subscribed round of $2 million to fund online expansion

11:16PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Melbourne-based software start-up IntelligenceBank has today announced it has closed its second seed funding round with an initial investment of $1.1 million with an option for up to $2 million.

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.

Crowdfunding: Raising money and awareness in the cloud

11:20PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | John Russell

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds. But as I recently discovered, it’s also useful for raising awareness.

Leading Sydney incubator announces ResMed veteran as new director of business development

11:00PM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Rose Powell

ATP Innovations has announced the appointment of Malcolm Hebblewhite as their new director of business development.

Australian start-ups increasingly experimenting with dynamic equity splits

11:29AM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian entrepreneurs are increasingly exploring dynamic equity splits – an emerging flexible approach to equity management for the founders of pre-investment start-ups.

Why I'm running a Kickstarter campaign rather than approaching angel investors for seed capital

11:35PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Swatchmate, a hardware device that perfectly captures and matches colours, was born after co-founder Paul Peng had to hack out a piece of the wall he was trying to repaint with exactly the same colour, and realised there had to a better way.

Ford reaches out to start-ups and developers with new hackathon

11:10PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Melbourne co-working space York Butter Factory has announced a hackathon in partnership with Ford Motors to provide developers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to experiment with Ford’s incoming in-car SYNC AppLink technology.

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