How I did it
The Australian group buying industry is displaying all the symptoms of an unsustainable bubble. So is the industry just an empty “fad” or simply experiencing growing pains? BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
Queensland entrepreneur Jason Healy launched electronic cigarette maker blu eCigs in 2009, later selling it for $US135 million. Here’s how a true-blue Healey rounded up a fortune in Charlotte, North Carolina. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Australian online retailers are being encouraged to “do more with the same budget” in order to retain customers, after a report revealed only a quarter of local businesses currently offer free delivery.
Seek co-founder Paul Bassat has flagged his intention to do private equity deals in the media and technology sectors, having already set up an early stage investment fund earlier this year.
Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar topped the BRW Young Rich List with an amazing $480 million fortune. Here are five key lessons from this year’s list. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
The 2012 BRW Young Rich List has a strong start-up and tech flavor, with Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar heading the rankings.
David Urpani is the founder of iSelect. After selling 40% of his shares in the insurance giant in 2008, Urpani’s back with his latest start-up venture. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Technology showcase Tech23 has announced the 23 start-ups that will take part in this year’s event, including Ninja Blocks and Native Tongue, with $100,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Clean tech start-up Brisbane Materials, which has emerged from research commercialisation firm UniQuest, has closed a $5 million Series A funding round as it seeks to scale up its R&D, manufacturing and marketing both domestically and overseas.
Retail start-ups can learn from the winners of the 2012 World Retail Awards, including Turkish brand Teknosa, which was named Emerging Market Retailer of the Year.
Starfish Ventures won Best Early Stage Award at the 2012 Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards, recognised for its work with software company Quickcomm.
The winner of the 2012 Unleash Your App competition will use the prize money to attend next year’s Google I/O conference, after building an Android app that tracks users’ carbon footprint.
Californian start-up YourMechanic took out the top title at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, while other standouts included a self-balancing bicycle and a predictive database for app developers.
Sydney-based tech start-up Peeractive is the first Australian company to be admitted into US accelerator program DreamIt Ventures, and is the only international team in this year’s program.
Melbourne-based businesswomen Toni Joel and Nikki Horovitz have taken out the title of 2012 AusMumpreneur of the Year for their lifestyle brand Tonic, which took them 20 years to build.
Sydney-based fashion retailer The Iconic has landed almost $20 million in funding from JP Morgan Asset Management, despite launching less than a year ago.
An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.
Melbourne-based Business Planning HQ will host an event for start-ups in Mexico later this month, after signing an agreement with multinational telco provider Telefónica.
A US entrepreneur who became known as the “AOL squatter” says the publicity he attracted has helped him build a team of talented staff and secure funding from high-profile investors.
A Melbourne gaming start-up says the Federal Government should offer something similar to Startup Chile, after being the only Australian start-up chosen to participate in the South American country's wide-ranging innovation program.