Growth Strategy



The start-up dilemma: Sell up or remain solo?

7:57PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Leon Gettler

What are your options when a big company comes knocking with a nice set of numbers and a contract to sign? It’s a dream for some and a tricky proposition for others. BY LEON GETTLER.

Commercialisation Australia showers cash on Brisbane energy efficiency start-up

7:00AM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.

R&D tax software start-up Incite Systems partners with UK firm

7:54PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up Incite Systems has signed a deal with a UK firm to take its technology to the British market, after developing software to help businesses understand their eligibility for R&D tax incentives.

Adelaide’s first private start-up co-working space set to open

7:44PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new co-working space is set to open its doors in Adelaide, understood to be the city’s first business-collaboration space, modelled on the likes of Fishburners and the York Butter Factory.

How Aussie start-ups can win Olympic gold

7:56PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The world’s biggest sporting event will also generate some incredible opportunities for start-ups – if you’re clever. Here are five legal ways to cash in on the Olympics. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Optus set to tuck into start-up scene after $6 million Eatability purchase

7:02PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Telecommunications giant Optus is ramping up its involvement in the start-up sector after acquiring Sydney-based food site Eatability for $6 million.

Cafe2U launch to capitalise on Kiwi coffee culture

7:58PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based company Cafe2U is the latest franchise to launch in New Zealand, one month after announcing plans to appoint more than 1,000 additional franchisees in the United States.

Sydney entrepreneur’s start-up smashes Kickstarter funding target

7:00AM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-born entrepreneur John van den Nieuwenhuizen has big plans for his Apple-inspired start-up Hidden, which is on the cusp of raising $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Victoria’s $6 million Streetlife program kicks off Small Biz Festival

7:21PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have welcomed the Victorian Government’s $6 million Streetlife program, launched yesterday, which is designed to inject new life into small retail businesses.

Electronic Arts cross a Firemint with an IronMonkey and get Firemonkeys

7:26PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entertainment giant Electronic Arts is merging Melbourne-based games studios Firemint and IronMonkey to form Firemonkeys, one year after EA acquired Firemint for an undisclosed sum.

Airbnb snaps up photoblogging site to fuel mobile expansion

7:16PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based accommodation website Airbnb has “acqui-hired” Y Combinator start-up DailyBooth for an undisclosed sum, in what is believed to be Airbnb’s first acquisition.

Peter Thiel makes first Aussie start-up investment, swoops for ScriptRock

7:00AM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

PayPal co-founder and Facebook backer Peter Thiel has made his first investment in an Australian company, leading a $1.2 million round for a stake in Sydney tech start-up ScriptRock.

Sydney tech start-up OrionVM sniffs out Series A funding in US

7:00AM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up OrionVM is preparing to close a Series A round in the United States, with plans to open an office in San Francisco and a datacentre in Silicon Valley.

Predicted end of mining boom has start-ups scrambling

7:53PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups looking to leverage the growth of the mining industry are being encouraged to act fast, with a report by Deloitte Access Economics insisting the boom will be over in less than two years.

Google acquires Apple-inspired start-up to work on Gmail

7:49PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Google appears increasingly willing to tweak its software to run on arch rival Apple’s hardware, after acquiring a start-up that develops email applications for Apple devices.

Westfield evicts online retailer StyleTread after tenant backlash

7:45PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Local online shoe retailer StyleTread is remaining tight-lipped about its clash with Westfield, after the start-up’s kiosk was closed at Parramatta following a conflict with existing tenants.

Why the price is rarely right for start-ups

7:39PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

Setting prices can be tricky: Too low and you go broke, too high and you scare off potential consumers. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your price is always right. BY NINA HENDY.

Develop a tagline

7:22PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 | Taskmaster

Just Do It. Life's Good. Think Different. You may not be able to afford an ad agency, but you can still come up with a decent tagline.

Almost one-fifth start up as a future investment strategy: MYOB

7:00PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost one-fifth of entrepreneurs start their business as an investment strategy for the future, according to the latest MYOB research, while 18% start up because they want a seachange.

Flash-sale site Fab scores $US105 million in funding, Groupon tumbles

7:55PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Cara Waters

The group deal sector is in flux but big deals and investments are still being made.