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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

US start-up raises $11.5 million for web-connected teddy bear

11:13PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The struggles of the Australian toy market have been put into sharp focus by a US-based start-up founded by a former Pixar executive, which has raised $11.5 million for an internet-connected, artificially intelligent teddy bear.

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

NY coding start-up partners with Melbourne college

11:11PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Richard Branson-backed start-up Codecademy has partnered with an elite college in Melbourne’s east thanks to Australian Rhodes Scholar Leng Lee, the start-up’s first employee.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

Government urged to address “entrepreneurial complacency”

11:15PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s productivity decline is the result of “entrepreneurial complacency”, according to a new report.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Sole trader

Co-working growing pains

11:39PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Nina Hendy

Growing numbers of start-ups are shunning the home office in favour of a co-working space, but are they ever managing to go on to bigger and better things? BY NINA HENDY.

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

Smartphone case scares off predators

11:18PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you fear having to walk home at night? A new mobile phone cover – called the Coyote Case – can give you the added security you need.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Aussie app Budge launches with $1 million investment

11:00AM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An app created in Melbourne that describes itself as a “micro-donation platform” has launched in Australia and the United States, having raised $1 million from investors including Seek co-founders Paul Bassat and Matt Rockman.

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

Google Ventures increases funding pool to $US300 million

11:21PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google Ventures will increase its annual funding pool from $US200 million to $US300 million, allowing it to invest in more later-stage financing rounds and in a broader range of companies.

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

BRIC tourists and “digital detox” among key travel trends

11:48PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report highlights key trends in the travel and tourism industry for start-ups to tap into, including a new breed of tourist from emerging countries, and the rise of digital detox holidays.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Tweaky launches The $500 Startup for tech-shy entrepreneurs

11:45PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online start-up Tweaky has launched a novel marketing initiative dubbed The $500 Startup, which will offer technical assistance to would-be entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites

Skype launches new platform for entrepreneurs

11:34PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Skype has launched a free online platform called Skype in the workspace, enabling small businesses to connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Bedtime laptop desk proves restful idea

11:13PM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A growing number of home-based businesspeople use their laptops in bed. Now there’s a new desk that’s designed for the job.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Six key things needed to boost Aussie innovation: Report

11:00AM | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new Federal Government-commissioned report has outlined six key initiatives to drive Australian innovation, including improving the way commercial agreements are negotiated and helping businesses better engage with researchers.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership  | Intellectual property  | Sole trader

Gold Coast dad gets backing for One Direction app

11:56PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Gold Coast father is the unlikely creator of an app that tracks the whereabouts of British boy band One Direction, whose management has signed off on the app following a fight with Apple.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Sole trader
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