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Freelancer acquires digital content marketplace startup

4:23PM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Outsourcing platform Freelancer has this week announced the acquisition of virtual content marketplace Fantero.

From broken back to breakthrough global product: a local manufacturing startup’s story

3:44PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

When Alex John fractured his back on a home-made waterslide, he thought his life as he knew it could well be over.

Two things I’ve learned working in a rapidly scaling tech start-up in the US

3:01PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Jack Aldridge has been working with US enterprise uShip since it was a start-up and says he’s learned a lot as the company has taken off.

Coffee pre-ordering app acquires e-loyalty app and prepares for growth

2:16PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Coffee pre-ordering app Beat the Q has opened up access to 1600 cafes and 320,000 users through their acquisition of Australia’s largest mobile loyalty scheme eCoffeeCard.

Apple acquires Testflight: Meet a local start-up solving a similarly testing problem

2:58PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Managing beta testers for iOS apps can be challenging. Serial entrepreneur Jeff Boones has launched Installr, a software platform designed to make this critical step for start-ups easier.

How to find a good business to buy

10:07PM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Peter Watson

For many people, buying a business can be the perfect option. Before deciding to purchase an existing business, there are several factors to consider so that you can find the perfect business investment.

The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #9 exit strategy

5:56PM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

This part two of a series of 10 articles looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013. Today, we examine the challenges business owners face when it’s time to sell.

We Are Hunted confirms sale to Twitter

4:27PM | Monday, 15 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

We Are Hunted, the Brisbane-based music sharing start-up, has confirmed that it has been acquired by Twitter, with the microblogging site set to launch its own music app.

BBC Worldwide sells Lonely Planet to a Kentucky billionaire for a massive loss

3:44PM | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

After weeks of speculation, travel publishing group Lonely Planet has finally confirmed it has been sold to a media group owned by reclusive Kentucky oil and land billionaire Brad Kelley.

Reclusive billionaire rancher could buy Lonely Planet from the BBC

3:14PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Travel company Lonely Planet may be up for sale, with a reclusive tobacco billionaire from the United States who doesn't even have an email account cited as the potential buyer.

Getting ready to sell your business

2:07PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Greg Hayes

Are you contemplating selling or merging your business? If so, there are a few key details you should consider first. BY GREG HAYES.

VOLT Media to supercharge Alphabird following acquisition

2:07PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian advertising agency VOLT Media has been acquired by San Francisco-based company Alphabird, less than six months after the two companies announced an exclusive partnership.

Australia records sixth highest deal volume in 2012

2:23PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia had the sixth highest deal volume of any nation last year, according to a new report, which shows total acquisition value in the Asia-Pacific rose 258% from 2011 to 2012.

Airtasker snaps up TaskBox as it prepares to tackle global markets

2:18PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Airtasker has made its first acquisition after launching just one year ago, picking up smaller competitor TaskBox, as it seeks to ramp up growth here and overseas.

Beaumont Tiles sweeps up fellow family business Majer Tiles

2:40PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Nationwide tile retailer Beaumont Tiles appears to be on a spending spree, after making its third major acquisition, purchasing Queensland-based business Majer Tiles for an undisclosed sum.

Record numbers of businesses are for sale

1:10PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Two separate reports are saying small business is in for a hard slog in 2013.

Aussie start-up Roboinvest merges with US brokerage firm

1:24PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Aussie entrepreneur Michael Giles has merged his start-up Roboinvest with an established US stock brokerage and will take the helm of the newly merged business, he has revealed.

Cashed-up Dropbox snaps up Snapjoy

12:47PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up success story Dropbox has acquired online photo library Snapjoy for an undisclosed sum, less than one week after its acqui-hire of music streaming service Audiogalaxy.

Fairfax flags digital acquisition strategy after sell-down of Trade Me

12:07PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Fairfax Media has flagged its intention to make digital acquisitions as part of a wider strategy to transform the business from print to digital, despite offloading its 51% stake in Trade Me.

Retail Zoo adds coffee to its franchise menu with Cibo Espresso

12:26PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The parent company of Boost Juice has flagged franchising opportunities after acquiring Adelaide-based coffee chain Cibo Espresso, which will now be extended across the country.