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Stay lean as you climb to the top

7:00AM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Taskmaster

There's some valuable lessons to be learnt from big time mergers and acquisitions, especially for start-ups.

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.

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.

Pollenizer celebrates fifth birthday: Five lessons from the start-up pioneer

3:32PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mick Liubinskas has highlighted the trials and tribulations of Pollenizer, including how it turned Spreets into a $40 million company, as the online venture builder celebrates its fifth birthday.

Lean start-up model is challenging but rewarding, says serial entrepreneur

3:41PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur Ruwan Weerasooriya has highlighted the challenges of adopting a lean start-up model in his latest start-up Rewardle, after selling another start-up to oOh!media last year.

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.

The three reasons to sell your start-up: Twitter co-founder tells

2:56PM | Friday, 22 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has identified the three reasons to sell a start-up, hoping to “create clarity” for entrepreneurs who are unsure whether an acquisition is the right move.

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.

The Iconic’s India outsourcing sparks sale speculation

2:00PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Cashed-up online fashion retailer The Iconic has come under fire after it was revealed the company has been outsourcing jobs to India, with a retail expert suggesting the start-up is preparing to sell.

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.

Sumo Salad acquired by one of Australia's richest families

12:44PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Fast food chain Sumo Salad has been bought out by one of Australia's wealthiest families, with the company now planning to triple its 100 locations and even pursue a float on the ASX as it grows beyond the restaurant category and expands its brand.

Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

Yahoo! goes OnTheAir in latest app acquisition

12:42PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! has acquired video chat broadcasting app OnTheAir less than two months after acquiring mobile recommendations app Stamped.

Online genealogy boom continues as MyHeritage raises $25 million

11:26PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Israeli company MyHeritage has acquired long-term rival after raising $25 million in new funding, as the genealogy industry continues to grow both overseas and in Australia.