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

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