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Taryn Williams has raised $750,000 in seed capital for her disruptive tech start-up

TheRight.Fit, a website connecting brands and agencies with creative freelancers and talent, has secured $750,000 in a seed capital raise from AirTree Ventures.

Sell some equity in yourself… literally (I'll take $300,000 for 3 percent of all...

Three social entrepreneurs have created an online marketplace to offer up equity in their life's earnings in exchange for an unrestricted upfront cash investment. Under their structure, investors do not acquire a portion of the entrepreneur's venture; neither do they have any official say in how the investee uses the money. They simply receive a proportion of the entrepreneurs taxable personal income over the term of the investment; their life.

Strategic insights – were they behind the couch the whole time?

Most successful business owners are on the hunt for strategic insights or what I call ‘light bulb moments’ - revelations that allow a business to take its next big step.

Melbourne-based AEV Robotics has raised $2.5 million to drive the future of autonomous transport

Investible, one of Australia’s most active VCs at seed stage, has participated in a $2.5 million funding round for AEV Robotics, a Melbourne-based technology company that is poised to dramatically improve the affordability and scalability of low-speed autonomous vehicles and autonomous fleet services.

KPMG has chosen these 14 fintech start-ups for its new accelerator to help bring...

KPMG Australia recently announced the launch of mLabs, a market-first corporate fintech accelerator connecting forward-thinking mutual Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) with some of Australia’s most exciting fintech startups.

Neto has a new POS retail solution that can handle both physical and online...

Digital commerce platform, Neto, has a new POS solution that can process physical in-store purchases, online sales (website) & online marketplaces like eBay

6 tips for business owners on managing your cash flow in both good and...

Monitoring cash flow should be your number one priority if you are a business owner; after all, cash is king. Part of this process is having careful control of debtors, for anyone that has experienced times of tight monetary control you know how critical this is in tough times.

Matthew Bourke, 2009 Anthill 30under30 Winner

For those of you who think accountants are beige bean counters, introducing Matthew Bourke – the new wave of accountant / business leader. He has, perhaps, the most diverse business interests of any of this year’s 30under30 winners.

This startup has scooped Sydney Angels funding to launch an ad platform for cars

The launch was made possible after a funding boost from Sydney Angels and a syndicate of other investors allowed Wrappli to finalise the technology, which now gives advertisers real-time visibility on the location of their ads

Orora is bringing real time tracking to Australia’s fruits and veggies in transit

Australian packaging company, Orora Limited is introducing an innovative cold-chain monitoring system called Xsense® to Australia, from Israel-based BT9

How an aerobics class can help you come up with better ideas

It is assumed that exercise is good for our mental health, but does it make us more creative?

Website(s) of the week: Students locked up until they built 6 web startups from...

The idea of locking a bunch of creative people in a room until they have hammered out a plan for a new business is not new. In fact, it's been done at Mixer events around the world for a number of years. But the concepts - which tends to engender a form of Stockholm Syndrome in entrepreneurs held hostage by market problems - always seems to churn out interesting formative business. They might not always go on to become the next Google, but the process illustrates the power of focused collaboration.

Stan Kruss, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Winner

You don't need to know what CeBIT stands for to understand that businesses totally dig conventions and exhibitions. Stan Kruss understands this. The founder of Expo Centric is dedicated to the whole show room experience, from set design to marketing to digital interactivity.

Stress levels escalate for Australian small business owners, a quarter feel burnt out

New research shows almost half (45 per cent) of Aussie small business claim their stress levels have increased in the past year and a quarter feel burnt out

Fake it til you make it: 10 ways to make your business appear bigger...

Being perceived as professional by outsiders is a common challenge for small businesses. Many startups reach a stage where meeting clients in cafes no longer cuts it. Here are 10 simple ways that your company can make itself look bigger it is.

Adelaide startup takes out UQ Business School’s $100,000 Enterprize competition

On World Sight Day, judges of the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School’s $100,000 Enterprize competition finals voted resoundingly for an innovation that could control the world’s single largest cause of blindness – cataract, a clouding of the eye’s lens among older populations. Calpain Therapeutics, an Adelaide startup that has developed a drug that can slow the onset of cataract, won the nation’s richest business plan competition, ahead of four others shortlisted.

Rethinking entrepreneurship for the next decade

The world is currently eyeball-deep in a period of technological disruption that is unparalleled in human history. This is creating a smorgasbord of opportunities for those entrepreneurs who have the balls to innovate, writes Steve Anderson.

Startup, then scaleup [CARTOON]

It's easy to start a company, but it's increasingly difficult to grow one. Everyone idolises famous startups like Facebook and Google, but companies of...

Facebook, Google and Twitter are doing it. Why aren’t you?

What are they all doing? They all offer their employee’s access to standing desks. While you may supply standing desks to some of your employees,...

B2B marketing and social media: how to get valuable insights into your market [VIDEO]

If you're in the B2B space, you probably already used LinkedIn to understand your industry, identify thought leaders and people you want to do...
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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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