Melbourne insulin innovation set for global rollout

1:21PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s oldest medical research institute has applauded efforts to turn Melbourne into a biotech hub after making a landmark insulin discovery, set to be commercialised overseas.

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Man crèche keeps stranded husbands happy

1:56PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Does your partner act like a big baby or spit the dummy every time you take him shopping? It might be time to check him into the man crèche.

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How Kaggle is taking a new marketplace to the world

1:42AM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO of Kaggle, tells TechCrunch how the Eurovision Song Contest and a stint in journalism helped him devise one of Australia’s leading tech start-ups.

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Pebble to start shipping ‘smartwatch’ after raising $15 million

1:56PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up Pebble has confirmed it will begin shipping its ‘smartwatch’ on January 23, eight months after it smashed its $100,000 Kickstarter goal and raised more than $15 million.

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Gen X pips Boomers to lead online retail spending

1:51PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Generation X remains the key generational group for online spending, according to analysis by NAB, with an industry expert attributing the finding to Gen X’s easy access to technology.

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Glow-in-the-dark linen to get you in the mood

1:41PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Want to rekindle the romance in your relationship? A glow-in-the-dark bed cover or curtain might shed some light on your situation.

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Retailers handed new year security warning

1:38PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The start of a new year is the ideal time for retailers to review their security measures, says the Australian Retailers Association, which claims that theft costs the industry $7.5 billion a year.

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Four business sectors cashing in during Australia's heat wave

1:00PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Sizzling summer weather has led to a seasonal swell in profits for some businesses.

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Phone airbag promises a soft landing

1:08PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Smartphones are important tools for start-ups – until they accidentally drop off the edge of your desk. Thankfully, Amazon is working on phone “airbags” that can save your phone from a nasty crash.

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Aussie start-up Roboinvest merges with US brokerage firm

1:24PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Aussie entrepreneur Michael Giles has merged his start-up Roboinvest with an established US stock brokerage and will take the helm of the newly merged business, he has revealed.

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McDonald’s unveils Australia Day campaign – here are three more standouts

1:17PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

McDonald’s is attempting to add an Australian flavour to its image in the lead-up to Australia Day, as big brands continue to capitalise on the festivities, suggesting start-ups can do the same.

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Sid keeps a lid on it

1:37PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you tired of the dull, pressure cooker environment of your kitchen? If so, the Lid Sid is a bubbly new utensil you might want to poach.

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GeoNext Startup Showcase to reward location-based innovations

1:50PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups looking to make their mark with location-based technology are being urged to submit their pitch for the GeoNext Startup Showcase, with prizes including a two-hour strategy session on capital raising.

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Entrepreneurs offered a SeaChange with coastal start-up camp

1:46PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The second annual SeaChange StartUp Camp will return to the NSW town of Merimbula in March, when participants will develop online business ideas and pitch for funding.

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Burrito Bomber drops in on Mexican food lovers

1:32PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mexican food has a reputation for sometimes being explosively hot. So it is fitting that a group of inventors have developed a way to use drone aircraft to deliver burritos.

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Tapit Media looks to global stage after raising $2.3 million

12:00AM | Monday, 24 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapit Media plans to take its near field communications technology (NFC) to the global stage, after completing a $2.3 million Series A round led by MPC Ventures.

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The best and worst start-up ideas of 2012

12:09PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

During the past year, StartupSmart has looked at some really innovative new products – and some real head-scratchers. Here is our best and worst for 2012. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Get around to it in 2013

12:53PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Well, here we are, knocking down the door of 2013. But before the fireworks, there's one final thing you need to prepare.

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Pintrips lets deal hounds “pin” flights

12:48PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Comparing deals when you’re planning a trip can be frustrating. Now a new application called Pintrips helps you to compare deals by allowing you to “pin” flights to a virtual dashboard.

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Your guide to Christmas and New Year public holidays and trading hours

12:37PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Here is Startupsmart’s annual guide to the Christmas and New Year public holidays.

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