How Ruwan Weerasooriya raised $4 million for a business with only $30,000 turnover

9:45PM | Monday, 22 September 2014 | Cara Waters

Serial entrepreneur Ruwan Weerasooriya was celebrating at last week’s Smart50 awards after just raising $4 million on the Australian Securities Exchange for his latest business, Rewardle.


The solution to equity crowdfunding lies with ASIC

9:31PM | Monday, 22 September 2014 | Kye White

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has the power to boost the amount of funding available from equity crowdfunding overnight, without any need for new legislation, according to Australian Small Scale Offerings Board chief executive officer Paul Niederer.

 | Growth

Australian Senate inquiry into bitcoin set to be announced, as industry group ADCCA advocates self-regulation

9:51PM | Friday, 19 September 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Digital currency industry body Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA) has advocated a self-regulatory framework, ahead of a Senate inquiry into cryptocurrency.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Tax  | Government and Regulation

Apple iPhone 6 release: Australian app developers and startups react

9:13PM | Friday, 19 September 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Apple has now released its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones in Australia, and the near inevitable crowds are lining up around the block. Here’s the reaction from Australian app developers.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

THE NEWS WRAP: Alibaba set to raise $24 billion in massive IPO

9:25AM | Friday, 19 September 2014 | Kye White

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba is set to raise $US21.8 billion ($A24.232 billion) in its initial public offering, according to reports.

 | Growth

Confessions of serial entrepreneurs Matt Barrie, Susan Wu and Andrea Culligan

9:39PM | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Cara Waters

If you’re starting out as an entrepreneur you’re likely to be a PHD: poor, hungry and driven, according to last night’s panel of serial entrepreneurs at the SmartCompany and Crowe Horwath Smart50 awards.

 | Growth

CoinJar pioneers Australia’s first bitcoin EFTPOS card

9:12AM | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Kye White

Leading Australian bitcoin startup CoinJar has begun trialling Australia’s first bitcoin EFTPOS card, which co-founder and chief executive officer Asher Tan says is a “huge step” for adoption of the cryptocurrency in Australia.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Start-up Profiles

That Startup Show: episode two revealed, shortlisted for award

9:29PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Kye White

Online web series That Startup Show has been shortlisted for the Best Innovation Award at the 2014 Online Video Awards, as its creators negotiate with possible distributors.

 | Growth

Four mantras for improving your workplace productivity

9:26PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Sunil Kumar

Digital marketing expert Sunil Kumar shares four small mantras to boost your work productivity.

 | Business advice and education

Diversity a hallmark of this year’s Tech23 contingent

9:50PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Kye White

A diverse range of startups make up the 23 tech companies that are set to compete at Tech23 2014.

 | Growth

Brisbane entrepreneur sells business for $305 million: How I did it

9:09PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Cara Waters

Brisbane entrepreneur Michael Dempsey has just scored $150 million after selling his payment solutions business, Ezidebit, to Global Payments for $305 million.

 | Growth Strategy

THE NEWS WRAP: Microsoft proceeds with plan to shed 18,000 employees

9:24AM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Kye White

Microsoft will continue its planned layoffs of 18,000 workers, with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company expected to occur later this week.

 | Growth

ImageBrief co-founder Simon Moss on relocating to New York, investments and a picture-perfect future

9:59PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Kye White

ImageBrief co-founder Simon Moss feels like the company is just starting to hit its “tipping point” and is excited about its future.

 | Growth

Beautiful growth figures lead to $3 million investment for bellabox

9:36PM | Monday, 15 September 2014 | Kye White

A growing and engaged database of subscribers is what led to Allure Media investing $3 million in beauty subscription service startup bellabox, according to co-founder and chief executive officer Sarah Hamilton.

 | Growth  | Financing a business

Demo day, the Australian way

9:44PM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

If you’ve gone through an incubator program, demo days are the culmination of months of hard work, the big reveal of what you’ve been working on to impress an investor network. A graduation of sorts.

 | Growth

Australian online retailers need to embrace effective shipping solutions and mobile-optimisation: report

9:30PM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Broede Carmody

Free shipping and mobile-friendly websites are the key issues facing Australian retailers, according to a joint study by the Australian Retailers Association and e-commerce solution provider ChannelAdvisor.

 | Growth

This charitable crowdfunding startup’s pretty chuffed about hitting $1 million in donations

9:18PM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Kye White

Charitable crowdfunding website Chuffed has surpassed $1 million in donations just under a year after going live.

 | Growth

Wealth of opportunity awaits for startups in finance

9:07PM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Kye White

Wealth management services offer the next big opportunity for disruption in the finance sector, according to head of AWI Ventures Toby Heap.

 | Growth

THE NEWS WRAP: Uber takes Lyft for a ride in the taxi disruptor wars

9:32AM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Kye White

The battle between transportation network startups Uber and Lyft isn’t a close fight, Wired reports.

 | Growth

NSW government move to cut credit card surcharge brings taxi industry startups into the fold

9:28AM | Friday, 12 September 2014 | Kye White

The founders of transportation network startups ingogo and GoCatch have praised the New South Wales government’s move to drop the taxi credit card surcharge fee in the state.

 | Growth