Canva to get the Kawasaki treatment: how the Sydney startup snared Apple’s former chief evangelist

4:00AM | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Communications powerhouse Guy Kawasaki is joining the team at fledgling design software startup Canva, under the “chief evangelist” title he made famous at Apple, thanks to a tweet.


Dropbox opens Sydney office, amidst criticisms over Heartbleed bug silence

4:07PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

United States online storage business Dropbox has announced it’s opening its first Australian office, with the business opening in Sydney to better support users in this geographical region.

 | Technology

Innovation could add $6 billion to the economy but we need look beyond startups: Microsoft report

4:00AM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Microsoft has today released a report to call for urgent review of how the Australian innovation ecosystem works in order to make the most of the burgeoning tech innovation movement.

 | Innovation  | Technology

Google steals drone aircraft maker Titan Aerospace from under Facebook’s nose

4:07PM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google has announced the takeover of drone aircraft manufacturer Titan Aerospace, outmanoeuvring Facebook in the process.

 | Technology

AWI Ventures new financial tech fund makes first investment in pre-launch platform

4:29PM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Rose Powell

AWI Ventures’ financial technology fund has poured $250,000 into online investment startup Stockspot, in its first investment since launching last month.

 | Financing a business  | Technology

The creative arts and space get the hackathon treatment on the Gold Coast

4:19PM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Rose Powell

An app to guide fashion startups all the way from designing to delivering their wares has won Australia first creative industries themed startup weekend, the Gold Coast’s Culture Hack.

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The Australian government asked a fair bit of censoring and information from Facebook last year

4:29AM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Facebook has published its annual Government Requests report, which broadly details what governments have asked from the tech giant that holds oodles of freely contributed personal information on its users.

 | Technology  | Government and Regulation

First intake of Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator has their first investor pitch night

4:31PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Most of the startups midway through the Muru-d program pitched to a room of investors at the Telstra-backed accelerator’s first investor day.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Websites

Is another tech wreck coming? Some insights from Netslaves author Bill Lessard

4:59PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

During the ‘90s tech boom, author and web pioneer Bill Lessard documented the worst excesses of the web. With some commentators predicting another tech wreck, Lessard shares some critical lessons from the golden age of Silicon Valley.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

Apple partnership helps app development startup pass a million downloads

4:11PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney-based educational app developer Shiny Things has passed a million app downloads since launching two years ago.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Stopping another Heartbleed: This Aussie startup is gathering global developers to squash OpenSSL bugs

4:08PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

There might be even more issues with the OpenSSL software, used to keep websites and your details safe, that we aren’t aware of yet. Australian startup BugCrowd has a plan to fix these problems.

 | Technology

Rise of the app biz models: the new taxi industry

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Hamish Petrie

This week’s big announcement on NSW’s taxi reforms is quite possibly the best news for the taxi industry in a long time.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | Government and Regulation

Three social media trends every startup should know about

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Zach Kitschke

What can you do to spice up your social media presence? Here are some of the top things we took home from this year’s Social Media Marketing World conference.

 | Social media  | Sole trader

When Napthine announced Wi-Fi for regional areas, these entrepreneurs jumped on board

4:54PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Late last year two Melbourne Hub members, Nathan Dyer and Jake Puhl, jumped on a V/Line trip to Bendigo with the idea that they would get out of the city and create a “regional pop-up hub” for the day.

 | Technology

Facebook announces new ad formats and audience targeting capabilities

4:48PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Facebook has announced the introduction of a new format for its desktop ads, along with new ways for businesses to advertise to users who are similar to their existing user base.

 | Social media  | Sole trader

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug – in layman’s terms

4:48PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Pat Allan

Early this week, a major flaw in the software used to encrypt information online was discovered, potentially putting passwords and credit card details at risk. If you run a website, here’s the vital information you need to be aware of.

 | Technology  | Sole trader

Twitter announces new profile page design and features, AFL early off the mark for an upgrade

4:45PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Twitter has announced it is rolling out a new layout and new features for its profile pages, in a change set to roll out over coming weeks, with the AFL among the first accounts to receive the upgrade.

 | Technology  | Social media

Malcolm Turnbull places $29.5 billion cap on NBN spending, new multi-technology mix including HFC

4:40PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a new statement of expectations to the NBN Co, placing a cap on public investment in the project of $29.5 billion and mandating that a mix of technologies be used to deliver the project.

 | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Government and Regulation

Why business will lead the way in wearable tech: it’s too dorky for consumers

4:38PM | Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Myriam Robin

There’s good news for Google Glass in Deloitte’s 2014 Tech Trends report, which predicts the wide use and business applicability smart glass technologies are likely to see devices such as Google Glass gain widespread acceptance in 2014.

 | Technology

Six tips for quick, easy and effective content marketing

4:35PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Time is a limited commodity, especially for sole traders. Here are six ways you can minimise the amount of time you spend on content marketing while still gaining all of benefits.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski