How I did it



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.

Pie Face eats up $15 million investment from casino mogul Steven Wynn

6:44PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise Pie Face has secured a $15 million investment from casino mogul Steven Wynn in return for a 43% stake in the company.

How I built an army of Facebook customers in just 18 months

6:38PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

In the 18 months since Michelle Glitman launched online fashion retailer Miishka, she has accumulated more than 87,000 followers on Facebook. Here’s how she did it. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Snake venom start-up Q-Sera sinks its teeth into $900,000 investment

6:00AM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Q-Sera, a start-up that has emerged from the University of Queensland, has raised $900,000 to develop technology for producing a high quality serum based on the blood clotting properties of snake venom.

BMW tops global business reputation rankings: Report

6:19PM | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

European car brand BMW is the world’s most reputable company in an age where consumers are more swayed by a business’ image than its product, according to the latest Global RepTrak 100.

Shoes of Prey swoops in for $3 million in funding

6:00AM | Friday, 8 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney start-up success story Shoes of Prey has sung the praises of its home city after raising $3 million from investors, including Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Spreets co-founder points to start-up passion after leaving Yahoo!7

5:10PM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Spreets co-founder Dean McEvoy has declared himself a “start-up guy”, after it was confirmed he and fellow co-founder Justus Hammer are leaving Yahoo!7.

Flightfox accepted into Y Combinator after snagging $800,000

5:00AM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian travel start-up Flightfox has been accepted into US-based incubator Y Combinator and raised $800,000 in capital, just months after joining Startmate, the Sydney accelerator.

Read the rich list

5:00AM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Taskmaster

A nice and easy one for you today. Go down the street, walk into the newsagency and buy the BRW Rich 200.

Swinburne start-up Relivit wins global award for IP prowess

5:39PM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Relivit, a Swinburne University student start-up, has won a $5,000 global award for the strength of its business plan with regard to intellectual property rights.

Pinterest valued at $US1.5 billion following $100 million investment

5:23PM | Friday, 18 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based social networking start-up Pinterest has raised $100 million in finance, valuing the company at around $US1.5 billion.

Table of Plenty founder wins female business award

5:42PM | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based food entrepreneur Kate Weiss has shared her key start-up secrets after winning the business category at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards earlier this week.

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.