July 2013

Ticketing start-up aims to play a new tune for live music industry

7:31PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Rose Powell A nine-month-old online ticketing and crowdfunding platform has signed its first national tour and will crowd-source the locations of concerts for touring US band Red Jumpsuits Apparatus.

The Iconic wins another $28 million in funding, promises profit soon

7:14PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Patrick Stafford Online retail start-up The Iconic has taken yet another round of funding, with Berlin-based incubator Rocket Internet handing over another $28 million to the company in one of the country's largest e-commerce-based investment deals.

New start-up incubator program launched by online retail juggernaut

7:56PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Rose Powell Sketchbook Ventures, a new incubator program for online business, has been launched this week by the Catch Group, the parent company behind Catch of the Day, Scoopon, GroceryRun, Mumgo and Eatnow.

Australia lifts ranking in Global Innovation Index, but still lags behind New Zealand

7:39PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Gavin Lower Australia has lifted its ranking in this year’s Global Innovation Index, taking it into the top 20 countries in the world for innovation.

THE NEWS WRAP: IMF warning over economic slowdown in China

7:26AM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Andrew Sadauskas IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard has warned of the possibility of a slowdown in China’s growth rates following weak economic figures. Plus a cashed up KKR is looking to invest $6.5 billion in our region and US wholesale inventories point to weak GDP figures.

Five silver service tips on using daily deal sites for “free marketing” and a Google SEO boost

7:00AM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | By Rose Powell Paul and Donnelle Stirling launched their cleaning company, Stirling Silver Service, last year. Armed with a mop, vacuum, no marketing budget and limited online presence, the Stirlings realised they needed to get customers quick.

Sydney start-ups graduate from global accelerator program

7:30PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | By Rose Powell A localised weather station system to improve agricultural yield and a social network for motoring enthusiasts are among the eight start-ups that graduated from the Sydney 2013 program of the Founder Institute, an international start-up accelerator program.

Visa wins banks, JB Hi-Fi and Cotton On for new digital payment system

7:02PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | By Patrick Stafford Consumers are increasingly relying on micro-transactions to make purchases instead of inputting their credit card details every time, which makes a new product from Visa all the more powerful, one expert says.

Pocketbook gets pocket-sized with mobile app

7:37PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | By Rose Powell Start-up Pocketbook has this week launched the mobile version of its financial management software to 10,000 beta users.

Australian social entrepreneur aims to “shake up old thinking” in India

7:30PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | By Rose Powell An Australian social entrepreneur will launch an advocacy group in India this month with a Kickstarter campaign to achieve the final funds required for the starting budget.