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The four-step plan to handle staff feedback

10:07PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Mark Capps

Staff feedback is important for any organisation, but being criticised can feel unpleasant. Here’s how to create an effective communication environment in your start-up. BY MARK CAPPS.

Startmate doubles investment to $50,000 for 2013 program

10:00AM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Incubator program Startmate will return with a vengeance in 2013, doubling its investment to $50,000 per start-up and extending the program to five months, two of which will be spent in Silicon Valley.

Women urged to think like entrepreneurs as Pipeline Fellowship gains pace

10:01PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A female entrepreneurship group says while it supports the idea of training women to become angel investors, as seen in the US, we first need to train women to think like entrepreneurs.

Five Aussie-led start-ups making their mark overseas

10:45PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

We live in an increasingly globalised world. If you want your start-up to make it big overseas, here are five Aussie-led businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN

Microsoft tipped to snap up music start-up Rdio

10:31PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft is in talks to acquire US-based digital music service Rdio, a start-up created by a co-founder of Skype, it’s been reported.

Topshop opens its doors in Sydney: Five secrets to the retailer's success in Australia

10:06PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Here are five tips from Topshop about what makes it top dog when it comes to fast fashion.

Calls mount for US start-up visa to spur immigrant-founded start-ups

10:46PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of US tech start-ups were founded by immigrants, according to a new report by the Kauffman Foundation, but this figure is currently in decline.

Sean Parker’s Airtime faces downtime amid “toxic” start-up climate

10:19PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech entrepreneur Sean Parker has described the current climate in Silicon Valley as “the most toxic time ever” for his latest start-up Airtime, which is struggling to take off.

Bucking Bull the latest franchise to shun shopping centres

10:13PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Roast and grill chain Bucking Bull is the latest franchise to shun major shopping centres, opening a store outside a local supermarket in Queensland in a bid to reduce operating costs.

Meet the Australian biometrics company working with Apple on ID technology

10:04PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Australian company Microlatch is at the forefront of the smartphone and mobile payment systems security revolution.

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.

iPledg rolls out record $1.2 million crowdfunding campaign

10:00PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An events management and marketing company has launched Australia’s largest ever crowdfunding campaign, attempting to raise $1.2 million on iPledg.

Facebook acquires founders of Carsabi, but not the start-up itself

10:45PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has acqui-hired the founders of Y Combinator start-up Carsabi, who are attempting to sell the service to focus on their new jobs, which could include Facebook’s new “Gifts” feature.

Banker by day – start-up investor by night

10:54PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nick Reade is balancing his role as general manager of small business banking at ANZ with investments in start-ups. In his own words, here’s how he manages it. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

SMEs gearing up for Christmas discounting frenzy: Report

10:15PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Australian businesses are gearing up for a concerted spate of discounting in order to spur spending heading into Christmas, with expectations for selling prices hitting a 20-year low, according to new research.

On-demand car service Uber looks to assemble Sydney founding team

10:01PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based car service Uber is looking to hire Australian employees to launch the business locally, after announcing its plans to head to Sydney, and will offer equity options as part of the package.

Time to storm into a new market

10:31PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Taskmaster

There's a clear business lesson in the AFL and NRL Grand Finals this year. If you’re aiming for growth, be prepared to make long-term investments.

Facebook uses Karma acquisition to create “Gifts” feature

9:21PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has rolled out a new feature called Gifts, allowing users to send each other real-life presents, believed to be the direct result of its acquisition of mCommerce start-up Karma.

Sydney start-up OpenLearning to go up against Coursera

9:14PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney start-up OpenLearning will go up against online education heavyweight Coursera as it prepares to launch a range of free and paid courses.

Taxes grind Bean Bar into liquidation as franchisees continue brewing

9:52PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A liquidator has been appointed to the company behind the Bean Bar coffee shop franchise.

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