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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Obama’s back in – but what do start-ups think?

11:52PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based Australian entrepreneurs have offered a mixed response to the re-election of US President Barack Obama, who eclipsed Republican rival Mitt Romney yesterday in a bitterly fought contest.

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How to survive the tech start-up “brofest”

11:41PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Briana Everett

When it comes to gender equality, the tech industry still has a very long way to go. By following these key tips, women can thrive as tech entrepreneurs. BY BRIANA EVERETT.

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Timing your movie toilet runs

11:03PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever needed to go to the loo while watching a film, but been afraid you might miss something important? A new app called RunPee alerts you to the best times to heed nature’s call.

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Five Aussie start-ups looking to crack Obama’s America

11:38PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Economic growth is set to be a key focus of Barack Obama’s second term as president. When it comes to seizing opportunities in the US market, these five Aussie start-ups say “yes we can”. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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A smelly situation

11:43PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Taskmaster

A case recently before Fair Work Australia has raised some critical questions about industrial relations in this country.

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Top 10 worries keeping Aussie start-ups awake at night

11:36PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are cashflow concerns or marketing issues keeping you up at night? New research reveals you aren't alone. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Growth of Android ecosystem underlines app opportunities

11:55PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are increasing opportunities for aspiring app developers in the Android ecosystem, new research suggests, as the wide range of brands and price points continues to win over consumers.

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