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Merchants tipped to benefit as eBay buys Svpply.com

9:47PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

eBay sellers are tipped to benefit from eBay’s acquisition of Pinterest-style shopping start-up Svpply.com, with the auction giant insisting the deal will allow it to offer more merchandising options.

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

Retail tenancy predictions prompt pop-up shop tips

9:13PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use pop-up shops as a way to test the market before making a larger investment, following predictions that “monolithic” large stores could be on the wane.

CSIRO identifies six megatrends and the business opportunities in them

9:05PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A new CSIRO report identifies the six megatrends businesses need to know about.

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

Location key for retail start-ups amid foreign fashion wave

9:45PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A retail expert says small independent retailers won’t be too badly hurt by the wave of global fast fashion retailers entering Australia.

Cashback deals site founded by Adir Shiffman scores early investment from Aura Capital

9:58PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Private equity group Aura Capital has backed cashback deals site StartHere.

TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

Attach a problem to each of your products

9:01PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 | Taskmaster

By attaching solutions to each product you have defined your ideal customers and created five little marketing campaigns.

From Finland to the Philippines: Overseas chains hitting Oz from all angles

9:52PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Finnish fashion and homewares company Marimekko is preparing to open two stores in Sydney and Melbourne, while Filipino chain Max’s Restaurant is also eyeing the Australian market.

The outback innovators

9:01PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Matty Soccio

The major metropolitan areas are not the only places where new businesses are being launched. However, starting up in rural regional Australia can pose some unique challenges. BY MATTY SOCCIO.

DMG Radio’s Rebekah Horne relocates to run LA start-up GumHouse

8:21PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US start-up GumHouse has a new chief executive in the form of Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia and former senior vice president of MySpace International.

Dads, don't get too excited about Father's Day – spending is flat

8:53PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Cara Waters

Retail experts are predicting subdued spending for Father's Day, but cafes and restaurants might get a boost.

Need 2 know: How to get beyond start-up intensive care

8:25PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Jason Rose

The chaotic early days of a start-up should give way to a phase that concentrates on processes that stabilise and consolidate the business. BY JASON ROSE.

Perth crowned Australia’s top business ‘eTown’ by Google

8:44PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Perth, despite its mining-centric reputation, is the top urban location and Byron Shire in NSW is the best regional area when it comes to Australia’s burgeoning ‘digital economy’, according to new rankings from Google.

Planet Chocolate sold as founders switch to mobile tech market

8:12PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founders of chocolate retail chain Planet Chocolate have launched an ordering app aimed at small-scale food and retail franchises, after selling the business to an undisclosed buyer.

Need 2 know: Why older doesn’t mean safer for start-ups

8:53PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

You’ve survived the first couple of years, but the hard work doesn’t stop if you want to be a successful start-up. BY GREG HAYES.

$50 million investment a major boon for Delivery Hero Australia

8:47PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The parent company of Delivery Hero Australia has raised $50 million in an investment round led by Kite Ventures, less than a year after the global food delivery service launched locally.

Five things that every home-based business needs

8:09PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you looking at going solo for your next venture? If so, here are five essential things you’ll need to get started. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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