How I did it



US start-up Pebble raises $10 million on Kickstarter

5:40PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A California-based start-up called Pebble has smashed its goal of raising $100,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising more than $10 million, with seven days still to go.

SiteMinder secures $5 million investment in bid to fuel global growth

5:00AM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online hotel distribution company SiteMinder will use a $5 million investment to build on its global presence, which already covers more than 90 countries.

University student leads team to Startup Weekend Sydney win

5:00AM | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A University of Adelaide student led a team of eight at Startup Weekend Sydney to take out the top prize, receiving $5,000 for her idea of an online fitness centre reservation service.

Brisbane start-up Wikifashion shifts to New York after snaring funding

5:00AM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane-based student fashion start-up Wikifashion will relocate to New York later this year, after using the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board to set in motion three rounds of funding.

Aussie Webby Awards winner offers tips to online start-ups

5:49PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian Christian youth website has won the religion and spirituality category at this year’s Webby Awards, while and were also recognised.

Hairhouse Warehouse flags global expansion to Asia, US

4:56PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian franchise Hairhouse Warehouse has set its sights on a number of overseas markets as part of its next growth phase, including Asia, the United States and the Middle East.

Future Capital start-up Drive My Car hunts for new CEO

4:00AM | Thursday, 26 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Drive My Car Rentals is on the hunt for a new chief executive after its former chief executive chose to step aside.

Seeking out the next big start-up opportunity

4:04PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Oliver Milman

Seek co-founder Matt Rockman was the “little guy” who challenged Murdoch. Now he reveals the secrets to his success and his search for the next big thing. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Perth-based start-up will present at global gaming summit

4:37PM | Friday, 20 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Perth-based gaming start-up that allows players to monetise virtual casinos will present at a global gaming summit in San Francisco, ahead of a $5 million IPO.

Eight Australian sites nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

4:06PM | Friday, 20 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Eight Australian websites have been nominated for the 16th annual Webby Awards, including, and

Adelaide wine start-up reels in Catch Of The Day deal

4:41PM | Thursday, 19 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Niche sites operating in the daily deals space can’t afford to stand still, says the co-founder of daily deal wine site Vinomofo, which has partnered with industry giant Catch Of The Day.

$15 million investment in biotech start-up wins global award

4:56PM | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A $15 million investment in an Australian biotechnology start-up has been judged the Best Venture Capital Investment at the 2012 Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards in Washington.

10 secrets to Instagram’s success

4:08PM | Thursday, 12 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Instagram has dominated news headlines this week, after being acquired by Facebook for $US1 billion. We reveal 10 secrets behind the company’s amazing success. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

First four local start-ups selected for Startup House

4:52PM | Thursday, 5 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government has announced the first four tech start-ups that will gain subsidised access to Startup House in San Francisco, as part of a program designed to help start-ups crack the US market.

Magic start-up wins Startup Weekend Adelaide

4:59PM | Wednesday, 4 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An online start-up that aims to help people improve their magic tricks has won first prize at Startup Weekend Adelaide 2012, receiving in-kind prizes worth more than $13,000. raises $2.1 million after merging with

4:53PM | Wednesday, 4 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online travel start-up has merged with short-term rental site in a bid to scale up, and has secured US $2.1 million in seed funding to accelerate its growth.

Market intelligence app wins $10,000 prize in SAPI-Pollenizer Hackathon

4:47PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The developer of a market intelligence app has received $10,000 after winning the SAPI-Pollenizer Hackathon, and will also be enrolled in Pollenizer’s four-month incubation program.

Kondoot calls on KPMG in $10 million capital raising

4:00AM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane start-up Kondoot has secured KPMG as a corporate advisor for its $10 million capital raising.

Making waves in mature Melbourne

4:05PM | Monday, 2 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne has the population, infrastructure and markets to become a global hotbed for start-up activity. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Three start-ups to watch in Y Combinator’s latest batch

3:07PM | Thursday, 29 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up incubator Y Combinator has held its 14th demo day for 65 start-ups, with many start-ups fielding investment offers following their presentations.