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Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

Sandwich “innovators” get their fill of awards – three things you can learn

8:53PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A handful of sandwich stores have been recognised by the Australian Sandwich Association at an inaugural ceremony, suggesting there are things you can learn from the humble sandwich.

Starbucks sinks $25 million into Square

8:39PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based mobile payment app Square has partnered with coffee chain giant Starbucks, which will invest $25 million in the start-up as well as use its platform to process debit and credit card transactions in-store.

99designs ramps up European plans with purchase of German rival 12designer

8:20PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up 99designs has opened the doors of its Berlin office after making its first acquisition in German design marketplace 12designer, one year after raising $35 million.

Sydney retailer Top3 by Design flies the Aussie flag in World Retail Awards

8:52PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based retailer Top3 by Design is hoping to take out the concept innovation category in the 2012 World Retail Awards, after being named the only Australian finalist in the awards.

Angry Birds developer Rovio sets its sights on 2013 IPO

8:56PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Finnish gaming company behind much-loved mobile app Angry Birds is preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, but says it’s in no hurry in light of Facebook’s ill-fated stock market float.

Meet Australia’s first “B Corporation”: Investment firm Small Giants

8:29PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based investment firm Small Giants has become the first Australian company to be certified as a “B Corporation”, which uses business to solve social and environmental problems.

ImageBrief sets sights on New York after raising $600,000

8:00AM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up ImageBrief is in the process of setting up a New York office as it seeks to become the “99designs for photography”, after securing $600,000 from angel investors.

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.

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.

How we raised $1.2 million from Peter Thiel: ScriptRock

7:23PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Honesty is a virtue often underrated by start-ups seeking investment, according to local start-up ScriptRock, after it raised $1.2 million in a round led by vaunted US serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

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.

“We know the next 10 countries we’re going into”: Milan Direct’s Dean Ramler wins tech award

7:09PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Young online entrepreneur Dean Ramler has flagged an ambitious global growth target after being recognised at the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, taking out the technology category for the southern region.

Social enterprise Barefoot Power raises $5.8 million Series B round

7:18PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Social enterprise Barefoot Power has raised $5.8 million from investors, as it seeks to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to five million people by next year.

Startmate’s Ninja Blocks raises $1 million on three-week US tour

7:00AM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startmate participant Ninja Blocks will return to Australia with very full pockets after securing $1 million from a group of high-profile investors, most of whom are US-based Australians.

PayPal’s scorching start-up story

7:57AM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Max Levchin was looking for an air conditioned room on a hot day when he stumbled into a university lecture that would, against the odds, provide the starting point for PayPal. Here, the eCommerce company’s co-founder explains how it all happened.

Aussie tech start-up 5th Finger acquired by US giant Merkle

7:09PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian-founded mobile solutions provider 5th Finger has been acquired by customer relationship management firm Merkle, five years after relocating from Sydney to the US.

Spotify strikes the right start-up notes

7:54PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s been just two months since the Spotify music service launched in Australia. Its Australian managing director, Kate Vale, shares the secrets of this start-up’s success. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Five start-up lessons from Net-A-Porter’s Megan Quinn

7:09PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When Megan Quinn co-founded internet sensation Net-A-Porter back in 1999, online high fashion was a brand new concept. Here are five essential lessons Quinn learnt by starting up in an entirely new industry. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Copywriting start-up Shabbadu expands to UK with Guinness deal

7:42PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of freelance copywriting service Shabbadu has highlighted the importance of building and maintaining professional contacts, after securing a contract with beer giant Guinness.

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