Best of the Web: Eulogy for Twitter

5:39PM | Friday, 2 May 2014 | Cara Waters

Is Twitter on its death bed as a social media platform? Maybe not quite yet, but some analysts believe it's not long for this social media coil.

Planning  | Social media

“Short-sighted”: Startup community blasts Commission of Audit’s funding findings

5:57PM | Friday, 2 May 2014 | Kye White

The National Commission of Audit report’s contention that government support of startups provides no real benefit to the community is flat-out wrong, according to a number of startup industry figures and two major reports into the industry.

 | Planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Australians represent at 500 Startups as ZootRock gets social in the valley

5:26PM | Friday, 2 May 2014 | Kye White

Social media curation startup ZootRock is among the latest batch of participants in the 500 Startups accelerator program, joining three other Australian companies.

 | Planning  | Starting

THE NEWS WRAP: When Foursquare becomes two

5:28AM | Friday, 2 May 2014 | Kye White

Foursquare will launch a new app called Swarm, which it says will provide users with a social heat map with which to locate friends and services.

 | Planning  | Technology

Geek Girls are doing it for themselves

5:56PM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The success of Girl Geek Dinner workshops in Melbourne has encouraged the organisers to launch Girl Geek Academy, dedicated to providing training and workshops for women wanting to enter the tech industry.

 | Planning  | Business advice and education

10 books every aspiring entrepreneur should read

5:40PM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | StartupSmart

Are you planning your next venture? If so, here are 10 books you really need to check out.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Taxi app Uber banned in NSW

4:23PM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Kye White

The New South Wales government has declared apps such as Uber, which crowdsource drivers to offer lifts and ride-sharing, are illegal.

 | Planning  | Technology  | Legal

Venture funding gets the razzle dazzle treatment with The BIG Pitch

4:53PM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Kye White

A Melbourne-based investment fund has organised what might be Australia’s most lucrative pitch event ever.

 | Planning

Good product people wanted as Startup Victoria launches

4:08PM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Kye White

Startup Victoria chair Leni Mayo says the Victorian startup scene’s biggest challenge is the lack of good product people.

 | Planning  | Technology

THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter posts 119% year-on-year revenue jump

4:42AM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Kye White

Twitter released its 2014 results this morning with revenue reaching $250 million for the period, up 119% on a year-over-year basis.

 | Planning  | Business

“Silicon Beach on the Sunshine Coast”: Entrepreneurs aim for startup paradise

4:56PM | Monday, 28 April 2014 | Kye White

Three Queensland startups are hoping the Sunshine Coast becomes as well known for its tech scene as it is for beaches.

 | Planning

Tech is changing the world, and coming for your teeth

4:22PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

DentalHub, an online platform for dentist to patient communication and community education, has launched in Sydney in a bid to get Australia’s dentists online and more engaged in community conversations about dental health.

 | Planning  | Growth

Partnering with giants: How this advertising startup plans to change media buying

4:57PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Outdoor media buying platform Site Tour has announced partnerships with two major players to launch an education initiative in what could be a game changer for the young company.

 | Planning

Taskmaster versus the futurologists

4:00PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Taskmaster

From time to time, when journalists are doing a story on tech – be it in print, on TV or on the radio – they’ll wheel out a futurologist. The Taskmaster remains a sceptic.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Innovation

Faking it ‘til you make it

4:42PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

We asked a number of well-known Australian entrepreneurs to share their stories around “faking it ‘til you make it”. Here’s what they had to say.

 | Planning

Meet the Australian startup planning to run the skies with their drones

4:31PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Rose Powell

It takes a gusty entrepreneur to start a pitch claiming Amazon’s plans for drone deliveries are vaporware, and then that his tiny team can and is pulling it off.

 | Planning

National INCUBATE university accelerator program to pitch at Google Demo Day

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Fifteen early-stage startups manned by students from four universities will pitch at the National Demo Day for the INCUBATE program during a Google for Entrepreneurs event today.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business advice and education

Barriers are imaginary: A lesson from my childhood

4:37PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

As a 13-year-old New Zealander, I wanted to become prime minister. Here's the lesson I learnt by meeting the PM.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Rebekah Campbell

Startup founder’s struggle inspires initiative to help troubled teens

4:44PM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Rose Powell

When Jamie Druitt’s wife left him several years ago, he desperately wanted to speak to other people who had been through the same thing. From that moment of pain, an online platform for teenagers struggling with mental health challenges was born.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Start-up Profiles

Number of businesses in Australia slumps: ABS

4:29PM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | Cara Waters

The number of businesses in Australia slumped to just under 2.1 million as at June 2013, a fall of 2.9% according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 | Planning