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How I built the Amazon empire: Four top tips from Jeff Bezos

11:35PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should respond to skepticism systematically and be prepared for a fight from the very beginning, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

Anthony Podesta named 2012 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year

11:00AM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

McMillan Shakespeare founder Anthony Podesta has been named the 2012 Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, with the founders of Jetts Fitness, Ozsale and OzHarvest also recognised at the awards.

BlueChilli-backed start-up Moneysoft raises $600,000

11:52PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Financial services start-up Moneysoft, which has been backed by Sydney incubator BlueChilli, plans to ramp up its presence in the Australian market after closing its third round of funding, bringing the total capital raised to $660,000.

Niche focus helps eyeclarity take out Independent Retailer of the Year award

11:56PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A host of retailers have claimed titles at the 2012 Australian Retail Awards including Oroton, Pandora, Lenard’s Chicken and eyeclarity, which was named Independent Retailer of the Year.

WA company smashes $20,000 crowdfunding target for folding boat

11:00AM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Western Australian company Quickboats has smashed its target on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com, having already raised more than $1 million this year, as it seeks to go global with its high-tech folding boat.

Start-ups often underestimate fundraising process: Starfish Ventures boss

11:30PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups often underestimate the time required to raise capital, says the co-founder of Starfish Ventures, following a $2 million investment in an email and web communication company.

Sydney start-up Tapestry pockets $600,000 investment

11:00AM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapestry, which has created a social media platform suitable for older people, has snagged $600,000 in a funding round led by Sydney Angels, having already won two grants from Commercialisation Australia and a national iAward.

Naked Wines Australia raises $1 million via “angel” network

11:00AM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited more than 2,000 “angels”, who have raised $1 million to fund wine made by up-and-coming independent winemakers.

Optus Innov8 Seed Program sinks $700,000 into first Aussie start-ups

11:00AM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Venuemob and 121cast are the first Australian tech start-ups to receive funding from the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, pocketing $450,000 and $250,000 respectively for their innovations.

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off in Australia

11:58PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with a bang in Australia, with a lengthy list of events tipped to provide plenty of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Boost Juice opens 200th Aussie store – three tips from founder Janine Allis

11:49PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Boost Juice Bars has opened its 200th store in Australia as it continues to grow its network nationally and internationally, highlighting some key tips for start-ups to take note of.

Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

Four Tech23 start-up winners share in $100,000

10:00AM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ninja Blocks and ScriptRock are among this year’s winners of technology innovation event Tech23, which saw four start-ups share in $100,000.

Aussie chocolatier Theobroma expands to UK, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

10:39PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Chocolatier Theobroma is expanding to the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, having already launched in five other markets, bucking the trend of struggling chocolate chains.

Online retailers risking customer exodus over costly shipping: Report

10:00AM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online retailers are being encouraged to “do more with the same budget” in order to retain customers, after a report revealed only a quarter of local businesses currently offer free delivery.

Pie Face aims at taking slice of US market

2:42PM | Thursday, 9 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise Pie Face has expanded to the United States, opening its first store in the heart of New York, but has tweaked its all-Australian offering only slightly for the US market.

CreditorWatch sets sights on banks after multimillion dollar investment

2:00PM | Friday, 3 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Credit reporting service CreditorWatch has secured funding from Nightingale Partners in what is understood to be a multimillion deal, as it sets its sights on major clients including the big banks.

Facebook IPO bolstered by third-party developers

2:00PM | Thursday, 2 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook’s flotation has revealed that 12% of its revenue in 2011 came from social gaming company Zynga, with the social media giant admitting its performance will become increasingly reliant on new innovations.

Pollenizer’s Pygg raises $600k while Wooboard heads to US

2:41PM | Wednesday, 1 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer-backed start-up Pygg has raised $600,000 in six months from a host of investors, including Yahoo!7 chief Rohan Lund and Tim Howard of Seven Network’s Vividwireless.

Aussie start-up Roboinvest makes global competition final

1:28PM | Tuesday, 31 January 2012 | Oliver Milman

Roboinvest, an Australian-run, New York-based start-up, has made the final of a worldwide funding competition for financial services ventures.

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