July 2014

The good news about bad debts

7:46PM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | By Chris Ridd There’s nothing worse than not getting paid for your hard work. But while it is disappointing, there is some consolation for small business owners: you can claim the bad debt as a tax deduction.

June 2014

Google to support world-changing Australian non-profits with mentoring and $2 million in grants

7:07AM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | By StartupSmart Australian non-profits wanting to turn their technology-driven ideas into reality can now apply to the Google Impact Challenge Australia for the opportunity to share in $2 million in grants.

THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter snaps up ad tech firm Tap Commerce for close to $100 million

7:20AM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | By Kye White Twitter has acquired advertising technology firm Tap Commerce for a price in the region of $100 million, sources have told Re/code.

Geelong draws on sports history for tech future headstart

6:23PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By Kye White Australia has long punched above its weight in sports, and now a new accelerator aims to help Australian sports technology startups excel.

Ingogo founder welcomes big changes to Victorian taxi industry laws

6:48PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By Kye White Victoria is leading the way with new regulatory changes that will open up the taxi industry, according to Ingogo founder Hamish Petrie.

StartupAUS and AVCAL call government to task for funding shortfall

6:32PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By Kye White StartupAUS and the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) have called on the federal government to ensure adequate funding is provided to the Commercialising Ideas stream of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program.

Bigcommerce coy on deal to acquire Magento’s Go service

6:59PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By Kye White Bigcommerce has refused to confirm or deny a report that it has negotiated a deal to acquire the customers of eBay-owned competitor Magento’s Go service.

OPINION: Should Facebook have experimented on 689,000 users and tried to make them sad?

6:41PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By David Glance In a move that has as many people puzzled as outraged, Facebook has published research that involved a deliberate attempt to manipulate the emotional state of 689,000 of its users.

Why my first startup failed

6:40PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By Nina Hendy Failure is always a possibility in the startup world. But even a crushing, financially devastating and humiliating failure can’t stop some from picking up the pieces and starting again.

Canberra-based accelerator program announces 2014 program participants

6:46AM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | By StartupSmart Five Canberra-based businesses have been accepted into the inaugural 2014 GRIFFIN Accelerator program.