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A blooming good idea

11:34PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

New York start-up H.Bloom saw that the $35 billion flower industry could be reinvented. Here’s how it did it.

Planning  | Business planning

Sydney start-up Tapestry pockets $600,000 investment

11:00AM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapestry, which has created a social media platform suitable for older people, has snagged $600,000 in a funding round led by Sydney Angels, having already won two grants from Commercialisation Australia and a national iAward.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Government gives game developers $20 million to play with

11:08PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Game developers will benefit from a $20 million fund unveiled by the Federal Government, on the back of research showing consumers spent $1.5 billion on interactive games last year.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Payments venture Braintree lands in Oz as eCommerce market heats up

11:05PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

US online and mobile payments platform Braintree, fresh from a $35 million fund raise, has launched in Australia, saying it is looking at the “blistering pace” of innovation in the eCommerce sector.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

New Gold Coast co-working space opens its doors

11:02PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new co-working space has opened on the Gold Coast after partnering with existing venue Gold Coast TechSpace, adding to the list of co-working spaces and incubators in the Sunshine State.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sole trader

The top five website errors committed by Aussie SMEs

11:45PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re starting up, putting a website together can be daunting. Here are five of the most common website errors committed by start-ups and how to correct them. BY OLIVER MILMAN and MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Pain-free tape to improve care of premature bubs

11:08PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The best way to remove surgical tape used to be to count to three and rip it off quickly. Now scientists have developed a new type of tape that can be removed without any wincing.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Naked Wines Australia raises $1 million via “angel” network

11:00AM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited more than 2,000 “angels”, who have raised $1 million to fund wine made by up-and-coming independent winemakers.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

New Adelaide fund to raise $50 million for medical, defence and tech devices

11:08PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new investment fund is aiming to raise an initial $50 million from private and institutional investors both here and overseas in order to finance medical, defence and technology devices.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

“Social timeline” offers crowdsourced dating advice

11:04PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re not comfortable discussing your relationship with friends on Facebook or Twitter, a new social media website can help you with anonymous dating advice.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Google to open start-up hub in Berlin

11:56PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google has announced it will open an expansive start-up hub in Berlin, following up similar initiatives in London and Paris with a commitment for €1 million ($A1.2m) over three years.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Wollongong seeks to reinvent itself with start-up “Hackagong”

11:45PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wollongong will try to reinvent itself as a start-up hub by hosting a technology conference and hackathon event called “Hackagong”.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Five top time-saving tools for soloists

11:49PM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Solo operators have little time to waste, so these timely tools should prove invaluable for getting things done quicker. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Sole trader

Optus Innov8 Seed Program sinks $700,000 into first Aussie start-ups

11:00AM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Venuemob and 121cast are the first Australian tech start-ups to receive funding from the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, pocketing $450,000 and $250,000 respectively for their innovations.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Business conditions plummet to GFC levels: Report

11:25PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions have fallen to their weakest level in more than three years, according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey, which suggests a February interest rate cut is “on the cards”.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off in Australia

11:58PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with a bang in Australia, with a lengthy list of events tipped to provide plenty of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it  | Sole trader

Travel start-ups set for a Perfect Trip with $150 million fund

11:54PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The company that acquired trip planning app TripIt has launched a $150 million fund, which will be used to invest in start-ups focused on innovations in the travel and expense space.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

New dating aimed at unlucky-in-love geeks

11:38PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new Melbourne-based dating site called SinglesWall hopes to find a niche by helping nerds and geeks to meet.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

When should I start thinking about succession planning?

11:30PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Craig Yeung

Succession planning is critical in ensuring your business continues when you leave and that the value of your investment can be realised when you sell.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Craig Yeung

SMEs playing the waiting game with their websites: Report

11:00AM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost half of Australian SMEs with an online presence didn’t launch their website until they were trading for six months, while 15% put it off until their second year in business, according to a new survey.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites  | Sole trader
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