How I did it



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.

10 trends from the 2012 StartupSmart Top 50

3:35PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The businesses on this year’s StartupSmart Awards Top 50 are innovating in everything from social enterprise and start-up services to eco-friendly nappies. Here are ten of the major trends. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

StyleTread snags Starfish Ventures in $12 million funding round

3:18PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based online shoe store StyleTread has raised $12 million in a Series C funding round, with Starfish Ventures joining the likes of Lakestar and Nine Entertainment Co as an investor.

Five start-ups to watch in the Digital 100

3:54PM | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Dropbox, LivingSocial and Craigslist are among the world’s most valuable start-ups, according to Business Insider’s Digital 100 of 2011, which also identifies new additions to the list.

PayPal founder launches $40 million fund for NZ start-ups

3:10PM | Friday, 23 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Peter Thiel has set up a $40 million venture capital fund in partnership with the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, which could be open to Australian start-ups prepared to relocate.

PushStart unveils eight start-ups for $20k accelerator program

3:19PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up mentor network PushStart has revealed the eight successful start-ups for its first-ever PushStart Accelerator program, with each one set to receive $20,000 in addition to mentoring.

Brisbane start-up Bilexys wins award in global start-up comp

3:37PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane start-up Bilexys has won the Pre-Revenue Track award in the $US200,000 Imagine H20 prize for water start-ups, held in San Francisco, receiving cash and in-kind services.

App studio is Hungry for Subway deal

3:09PM | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The team behind Brisbane start-up Hungry Apps is heading to the United States to promote their products, including an app for Subway, after receiving funds from tech entrepreneur Stephen Baxter.