How I did it



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.

Three lessons from the world’s most admired companies

3:14PM | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Apple, Coca-Cola and Singapore Airlines have been named among the world’s most admired companies, according to Fortune Magazine and Hay Group.

Three standout AIMIA award winners

3:46PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond, Dr. Cotton and 5X Mutant Gum are among the winners of this year’s Australian Interactive Media Industry Association awards, suggesting start-ups can learn from their success.