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NICTA chief Hugh Durrant-Whyte resigns after bust-up with board over funding and governance

12:18PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | Kye White

National ICT Australia chief executive officer professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte has resigned.

Successful crowdfunding campaign speaks volumes about suitcase soundsystems

11:16PM | Friday, 28 November 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Forget about vinyl – the next big thing among audiophiles could be suitcases reinvented as speakers, with a Melbourne-based startup raising $17,370 for the devices (against a target of $16,000) in just days on Pozible.

Melbourne startup Tiger Pistol closes $3.1 million funding round

11:07AM | Thursday, 27 November 2014 | Broede Carmody

Melbourne-based social marketing startup Tiger Pistol has closed a $3.1 million round of funding led by domain registration company Melbourne IT.

Hackagong announces $100,000 prize pool

11:09PM | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 | Broede Carmody

Hackagong has announced a prize pool of more than $100,000 as part of its annual weekend competition for entrepreneurs, developers and designers.

Startup Weekend Australia gains new sponsorship and launches platform, making events easier to organise

11:34PM | Friday, 21 November 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Startup Weekend Australia has launched a new national platform and announced a sponsorship from Intuit QuickBooks Online at an event held last Thursday at Sydney’s Tank Stream Labs.

B2B opportunities heard Loud and Clear as new startup incubator launches

11:18PM | Thursday, 20 November 2014 | Kye White

Creative agency Loud and Clear is set to launch its own startup incubator, looking to invest in four B2B startups a year.

Atlassian co-founder makes personal investment in Queensland small business SafetyCulture

11:27PM | Wednesday, 19 November 2014 | Eloise Keating

Rich Lister and co-founder of tech giant Atlassian, Scott Farquhar, has invested $750,000 of his own cash in Townsville-based app developer SafetyCulture.

Former stockbroker set to shake up the financial services industry

11:59PM | Monday, 17 November 2014 | Broede Carmody

A former stockbroker and fund manager is hoping to improve the financial services industry by leveraging the internet to streamline compliance processes for investors.

Melbourne startup aims to make wearable tech friendlier to professional women

11:01PM | Monday, 17 November 2014 | Broede Carmody

A Melbourne-based startup is looking to make wearable technology more comfortable and design-focused, and in doing so making gadgets better suited to professional women.

How NRMA helped scale up my startup

11:53PM | Thursday, 13 November 2014 | James Moody

I often think that founding a startup is like building with papier mâché.

Venture capital jumps by almost $400m in a year: AVCAL

11:04PM | Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Kye White

The amount of venture capital invested in Australian startups rose by almost $400 million from the financial year 2012-13 to 2013-14.

Pin Payments announces $50 million in transactions and plans for a Series A round

11:31PM | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | Kye White

As large online payment startups increasingly turn their attention to Australia, Melbourne and Perth-based startup Pin Payments continues to grow both in terms of revenue and merchants on its platform.

Angel investor Alan Jones throws his support behind That Startup Show

11:45PM | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | Kye White

For the last decade the startup industry has been “envied, pilloried and lots of other things but it hasn’t been understood”.

Applicant numbers biggest ever as nine startups get the nod for ilab’s accelerator program

11:48PM | Monday, 10 November 2014 | Kye White

Queensland-based ilab has chosen nine startups, from the biggest pool of applicants it has ever received, to take part in this summer’s Germinate accelerator program.

ESVCLP: “Elegant and farsighted” but is it effective?

11:03PM | Thursday, 6 November 2014 | Kye White

The capital required for a venture capital fund to become a registered early stage venture capital limited partnership (ESVCLP) should be reduced from $10 million to $5 million in order to improve early stage funding in Australia, according to Artesian Venture Partners COO Tim Heasley.

Carnegie’s Den finalists announced as aggregations services shine

11:37PM | Thursday, 6 November 2014 | Kye White

ComWriter, Performance Centre, Productify and Pointsbuild have been named as the four finalists for the latest Carnegie’s Den.

Cryptocurrency tipping could be the key to monetising online content

11:29PM | Thursday, 6 November 2014 | Kye White

Dogecoin and cryptocurrencies could offer the best solution to monetising online content, a problem that has plagued the media for years, according to Blackbird Ventures managing director Rick Baker.

ASX investors increasingly interested in tech IPOs

10:09PM | Friday, 31 October 2014 | Alexandra Galin

As investors look to diversify from struggling resources stocks, the technology sector is increasingly becoming a preferred destination for Australian capital.

BlueChilli launches fund and announces its first investments

10:48PM | Wednesday, 29 October 2014 | Bronwen Clune

BlueChilli last night launched its first venture capital fund of $10 million, with the aim to invest in vetted companies that have gone through its incubator program.

Hackett investment has shifted Australian aviation app into full throttle

10:59PM | Friday, 24 October 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Aviation app developer Avsoft is gaining altitude across Australia, New Zealand and the US following an investment from entrepreneur Simon Hackett, with the company recently releasing an entry-level version of its CASA-approved app for Android devices.

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