A number of new start-ups have likened themselves to US-based company Airbnb, the leader in travel rentals, which has booked more than 10 million nights of accommodation worldwide.
Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?
US-based home rental service Airbnb has highlighted the growth of Australia’s tourism industry, after announcing plans to open an office in Sydney and recruit local talent to drive the brand.
While Facebook is still the king of social media from a user numbers perspective, I’m still surprised by the many mumpreneurs I speak to not actively using LinkedIn and Twitter to grow their businesses.
Last week was the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 conference.
Apple has acquired Australian start-up Chomp for around $US50 million but is remaining tight-lipped over what it plans to do with the Chomp app, which is used to search the App Store.
Starting a business used to be a rather drawn out affair. With all the planning and fund raising involved, it would be unthinkable that you could launch a company within a week.
Celebrities look set to continue to invest in tech start-ups as the industry enters a second dotcom boom, after Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio invested in Israeli start-up Mobli.
When pitching your idea to a potential investor, you will probably be addressing a soberly-suited man or woman who appears to be bred for the cut and thrust world of business.
The problem with making a lot of noise about your start-up is that if the PR backfires, you’re in more serious trouble than if you’d slid under the radar.
Vacationers in the United Kingdom who hate the idea of trying to secure a spot in a busy campsite are being encouraged to pitch a tent in a stranger’s garden.
Local tech entrepreneur Matthew Ho has become the first Australia-based hire of travel web service Airbnb as the US-based parent company reportedly prepares to close a $100 million funding round, and US actor Ashton Kutcher invests a "significant amount" in the business.
Is your foray into entrepreneurship bafflingly misunderstood by your friends and family? Do potential investors wince and scurry away when you mention your idea (which no doubt involves the words “integrated” and “in the cloud”) to them?