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PayPal co-founder launches Affirm, aims for one-click mobile payments

2:04PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is launching a new mobile payments start-up called Affirm, the first project to come out of Levchin’s San Francisco tech incubator.

$1.9 million grant generates global distribution deal for ultrasound device maker

2:00AM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A South Australian manufacturer of ultrasound devices has announced a global distribution partnership with a Japanese company, two years after receiving a $1.9 million government grant.

Nanotek to clean up in eastern Europe following further expansion

2:34PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian car-cleaning franchise Nanotek is expanding into the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, with founder Jim Cornish attributing the move to the region’s “entrepreneurial spirit”.

Instagram hits 100 million users – three things you can learn

2:24PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has outlined key reasons for the company’s success, after hitting 100 million users since its launch in October 2010.

Homegrown cookie franchise bites into global market

2:53PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Gourmet biscuit producer Byron Bay Cookies intends to go global with its franchising model, after establishing six Australian stores, and is looking for franchisees to fuel its expansion.

Two Aussie start-ups among 15 finalists for Amsterdam boot camp

2:00AM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups 7Write and Revirda will be put through their paces when they arrive in Amsterdam this week, after being chosen as two of 15 finalists for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam.

Star-studded event series helps entrepreneurs face the Startup Grind

2:53PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The US-founded Startup Grind event series continues to grow in Australia, with the Sydney and Melbourne chapters set to host the founders of Atlassian and Zendesk respectively.

Young entrepreneurs to cut their teeth in Subway’s virtual shop challenge

2:01PM | Friday, 22 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young entrepreneurs are being encouraged to enter a Subway competition in which they build, operate and promote a virtual restaurant for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the US.

Airbnb prompts wave of like-minded start-ups

2:58PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A number of new start-ups have likened themselves to US-based company Airbnb, the leader in travel rentals, which has booked more than 10 million nights of accommodation worldwide.

Lust Have It outlines sCommerce models following record year

2:21PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Online beauty retailer Lust Have It has outlined three distinct models of subscription commerce after revealing its subscriptions have grown more than 1000% over the past year.

Etsy country director visits Oz – five insights from the crafty company

2:02PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The country director of US-based eCommerce website Etsy has offered some insight into the company, and has outlined some key tips for online start-ups, as part of her Australian visit.

Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

2:31PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

Forbes’ Australian rich list pits innovators with miners

2:23PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes Asia’s annual list of the richest Australians is littered with mining magnates, including Gina Rinehart in the top spot, but it also features a strong contingent of entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in other fields.

Why eBay liked the look of a Melbourne start-up

2:24PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Expectations are high for Melbourne start-up and eBay preferred shipping supplier Ship2Anywhere, which won two titles at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Aussie start-up seeks third co-founder for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

1:48PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up 7write.com is scrambling to find a third co-founder after being selected as a finalist for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, which has a preference for teams with three founders.

The harsh reality of raising $2.5 million

1:08PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

With the 2013 StartupSmart Awards coming up, we’re taking a look back at last year’s winners. In our first profile, StartupSmart speaks to augmented reality pioneers Explore Engage. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Five top business ideas that made millions

1:06PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Do you want to be a millionaire? Still looking for inspiration? Here are five great ideas that grew up into successful businesses. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

4Cabling founder Nicole Kersh launches second start-up

1:42PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young Australian entrepreneur Nicole Kersh has launched a new website called CableManagement.com.au,following the success of her first start-up 4Cabling.

Five Aussie start-ups to watch in 2013

1:59PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Across a number of sectors, innovative Australian start-ups are challenging the status quo. Here are five start-ups set to shake up their industries in 2013. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Melbourne insulin innovation set for global rollout

1:21PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s oldest medical research institute has applauded efforts to turn Melbourne into a biotech hub after making a landmark insulin discovery, set to be commercialised overseas.

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