Tech startups in rural areas are increasingly viable as internet access improves

8:27PM | Friday, 22 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The coordinator of a leading rural coworking space says there are a number of big benefits to starting up in the bush, as ACMA figures show users in rural Australia are more likely to shop online than their big city cousins.


PayPal spinoff on the agenda for eBay

8:22PM | Friday, 22 August 2014 | Kye White

Online auction site eBay is considering a spinoff of PayPal, its fast growing payments unit, sources told The Information.

 | Growth Strategy

Charitable fundraising startup Shout raises $1 million in capital, plans to raise its voice in America

8:36PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

Australian micro-donation fundraising platform Shout for Good has announced it is expanding into the US market after raising $1 million in capital last month.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Aussie executives believe SMEs drive innovation, struggle to convert ideas into action

8:01PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Kirsten Robb

More than 40% of Australian executives believe SMEs and start-ups are driving innovation in Australia, according to a report released today.

 | Innovation

It’s all about the chair factor for this startup

8:45PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

We’ve seen Australians accessorise with bespoke shoes, watches, shirts and glasses, but a new Australian startup is hoping to bring that desire for custom-made products to the home with the bespoke chair.

 | Growth  | Start-up Profiles

ATO bitcoin ruling may hamper digital currency sector growth

8:58PM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | Kye White

The ATO released its long-awaited guidance on bitcoin on Wednesday afternoon. The decision could have an adverse effect on bitcoin businesses.

 | Business advice and education

Calling all startups! UNSW has an MBA strategy for you

8:18PM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | Kye White

After a successful first year, the Strategy meets Startups program run by UNSW is calling on even more startups to take on MBA students.

 | Growth Strategy

Uber to take on Amazon and Google with home delivery service

8:58PM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | Kirsten Robb

Taxi app Uber will trial a home delivery service in the US, potentially taking on tech titans Amazon and Google in the e-commerce logistics space.

 | Innovation

ATO releases guidance on bitcoin

8:33PM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | StartupSmart

The ATO today delivered guidance on the taxation treatment of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies in time for people to complete their 2013-14 income tax returns.

 | Growth

On the right page and dressed for success: Online book and menswear sales booming

8:33PM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Online books and menswear sales in Australia are set to boom over the next five years, according to a forecast published by IBISWorld this week.

 | Growth

THE NEWS WRAP: Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on basketball

8:12AM | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 | Kye White

Former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer has announced he will be stepping down as a board member at the company.

 | Growth

This startup hopes to improve your loading problems, faster than you can read this headline

8:15PM | Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australian tech startup Squixa has released the second version of its cloud-based website acceleration platform, having recently completed a funding round.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Business advice and education  | Start-up Profiles

Coworking is virtually solved with this new startup

8:01PM | Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | Kye White

Virtual Coworker, a job outsourcing startup, is capitalising on Australia’s proximity to the Philippines and a growing number of skilled workers in the country, by giving businesses the chance to hire full-time workers based in the Pacific nation.

 | Growth

GetViable acquired by Bigcolors

8:37PM | Monday, 18 August 2014 | Kye White

Australian startup idea incubator GetViable has been acquired by Bigcolors, a Hong Kong-based site that invests in early stage startups through its crowdfunding platform, or directly through its seed fund.

 | Sell a business  | Exit Strategy

Before ScriptRock: From scrappy startup to $10 million funding rounds

8:08PM | Monday, 18 August 2014 | Niki Scevak

In this series, Startmate’s Niki Scevak takes a look back at some of their alumni and the journey they have made from a scrappy idea to some of Australia’s next startups to watch.

 | Growth

Appster attracts senior industry heavyweights as strategic advisors

8:28PM | Monday, 18 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Appster, one of Australia’s fastest growing web and app development companies, has appointed two new strategic advisers to the business.

 | Growth

“Show me the honey!” How being found by bees, inspired this GPS-enabled, thief-proof, beetle-trapping hive

8:57PM | Monday, 18 August 2014 | Kye White

Queensland’s Hive Haven has integrated GPS (Bee PS, perhaps?) trackers into its apiaries, which have been specially designed to combat small hive beetle without using insecticides.

 | Start-up Profiles

Property market demand startup Next For Sale dreams of US success

8:51PM | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Kye White

Ten months after launching, Next For Sale will head to Silicon Valley in search of investment after winning the Skillsapien pitch to Silicon Valley series.

 | Growth  | Start-up Profiles

Sydney startup’s vision is to become the AdWords of digital billboard advertising

8:16PM | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Kye White

The appeal of online ads for advertisers is in the medium’s ability to target ads to a specific audience, and now a Sydney-based startup has developed technology that allows digital screens to do something similar in the real world.

 | Marketing  | Advertising  | Technology  | Start-up Profiles

Australia's ScriptRock raises $8.7m and aims to focus on growth

8:13PM | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Bronwen Clune

ScriptRock has raised a $8.7M Series A Round led by August Capital, who also led investment in Splunk

 | Growth  | Social media