April 2014

Private equity-backed IPOs outperform the broader market: Study

4:26PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By StartupSmart A new study has found initial public offerings backed by private equity funds fare better and outperform comparable non PE-backed IPOs in both short-term and long-term goals.

Commercialisation Australia freeze has negative impacts beyond limiting available capital

4:07PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By Rose Powell The freezing of the federal government-backed venture capital grants has been met with widespread concern in the startup and ICT community.

Major startup conference SydStart postponed: Here’s why

4:01PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By Rose Powell Leading startup community event SydStart has been postponed for community and financial reasons, leaving many with tickets booked to Sydney and scrambling to make new plans.

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug – in layman’s terms

4:48PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By Pat Allan Early this week, a major flaw in the software used to encrypt information online was discovered, potentially putting passwords and credit card details at risk. If you run a website, here’s the vital information you need to be aware of.

Leading tech alliance calls for urgent action to unfreeze Commercialisation Australia

4:47AM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By StartupSmart The Australian Information Industry Association has written an open letter raising urgent concerns about the freezing of Commercialisation Australia to Minister for Industry Ian MacFarlane and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

THE NEWS WRAP: Encrypted data at risk due to Heartbleed bug

4:26AM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Security experts are urging website owners to update their web server software after the discovery of a bug called “Heartbleed” that puts encrypted data, such as passwords and credit card numbers, at risk.

Twitter announces new profile page design and features, AFL early off the mark for an upgrade

4:45PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Twitter has announced it is rolling out a new layout and new features for its profile pages, in a change set to roll out over coming weeks, with the AFL among the first accounts to receive the upgrade.

NSW taxi reforms a big win for disruptive booking apps

4:43PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas The New South Wales government has announced new legislation regulating the use of taxi booking apps, as consumers increasingly choose to use smartphone booking apps over traditional taxi services.

Malcolm Turnbull places $29.5 billion cap on NBN spending, new multi-technology mix including HFC

4:40PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a new statement of expectations to the NBN Co, placing a cap on public investment in the project of $29.5 billion and mandating that a mix of technologies be used to deliver the project.

Why business will lead the way in wearable tech: it’s too dorky for consumers

4:38PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | By Myriam Robin There’s good news for Google Glass in Deloitte’s 2014 Tech Trends report, which predicts the wide use and business applicability smart glass technologies are likely to see devices such as Google Glass gain widespread acceptance in 2014.