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What my business taught me about handling the struggles of running a startup

Having a startup is not what one may think, it’s not leaving at 4pm and having flexible hours, a ping pong table or long Friday lunches – it’s a lot of work, the constant struggle of aligning meetings with competing international time-zones, making hard decisions and being all in 100 per-cent.

Stockland partners with BlueChilli to accelerate startup innovation in proptech

Powered by Australia’s largest tech start-up accelerator BlueChilli, The Stockland Accelerator offers start-ups the opportunity to refine their bold idea and develop it into a prototype, with $38,000 upfront investment and up to $500,000 in follow-on funding.

These 18 local startups will battle it out for $1m backing at StartCon Pitch...

$1 million at stake as the hottest local startups go head-to-head at a major pitch competition hosted by StartCon in Brisbane on 5 October.

Microsoft welcomes 14 Australian startups to its debut Sydney ScaleUp Program

The Australian startups who will take part include, Auror, Daisee, FreightExchange, Hyper Anna, InDebted, Kapiche, Karbon, Makers Empire, Teamgage, SimpleKYC, StartVR, VendorPanel and Winimy AI.

Here’s how to work with big retailers and not ruin your small business along...

Winning a contract with a major retailer as a SME is often a cause for celebration. Along with the prestige of being associated with a big brand, it can often mean a higher and more secure revenue stream. There are, however, a few downsides to dealing with a much bigger client, so you need to handle the relationship correctly so the advantages outweigh any negatives.

5 great tips to keep in mind on how to make the great leap...

Founder of Sharley Consulting and Co-Founder of personalised shopping app, Shop You, Emma Sharley made the switch from corporate to start up a few years ago. Emma shares her experience and her top five ways to seamlessly make the transition from corporate to running your own business.

AgriWebb secures $14 million investment to transform the future of digital agriculture

With the FarmWizard acquisition, AgriWebb is positioned to develop a more advanced farm management product suite that will consolidate FarmWizard’s dairy and individual animal management functionality with AgriWebb’s existing cloud-based livestock herd management software.

Aussie retail tech innovator Neto expands into US following strong local growth

Fast-growing Australian retail management platform, Neto, will expand into the US market and open a Denver-based office following its strong 55 percent year-on-year Australian revenue growth in fiscal year 2018.

Soaring Australian start-up Cosmetic Capital ships more than 100,000 orders in two years on...

Online retailer and start-up, Cosmetic Capital, has shipped more than 100,000 orders on Neto since launching just two years ago, cementing its position as one of Australia’s leading discount beauty online retailers.

WeWork forms world-first partnership with disruptive Aussie edtech startup Zambesi

Described as the Airbnb of education, Zambesi disrupts traditional education with a marketplace model that enables high-profile business leaders to create and lead their own accelerated face-to-face training programs whilst retaining their IP.

What every Aussie e-commerce business needs to know about Father’s Day spending

CupoNation analysed its internal sales data during the two weeks leading up to the Father’s Day 2017 to understand consumer purchase behavior. The most shopped categories in terms of money spending were Fashion & Accessories, Beauty, Health & Wellness and Electronics & Phones.

These two Aussie retail tech companies have joined forces to help small retailers succeed...

Australia’s leading retail management platform, Neto, and ‘one of a kind’ repricing engine StreetPricer, are busting the myth that marketplaces are a race to the bottom, and helping SMB retailers realise the opposite is most often true.

Tank Stream celebrates ‘Shark Tank’ success and launches ‘Shark Edition’ of seed money

The panelists also included Edwina Sharrock, Birth Beat founder and Tank Stream Labs & Slingshot HCF Catalyst Program Alumni who will be featuring on the final episode of Shark Tank and James Willis, owner & founder of The Mason Baker, who appeared live in Shark Tank and received investment from Andrew Banks and Naomi Simson.

Here’s what you need to know about the Australia-Asia startup connection

Asia used to be a great stopover destination when flying to Europe to get some shopping done or head to the beach, but times...

Working IN vs. ON your Business: how to strike the right balance [INFOGRAPHIC]

Working ON your business involves the development of growth strategies through planning, goal-setting and process automation. Whereas, working IN your business comprises those day-to-day activities such as paying invoices, meeting clients and answering queries.

Fintech start-up QPay secures $1 million worth of funding from Angels and Sharks

Student marketplace and payments app, QPay, has secured a $1 million cash injection after funding from the Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund 2 was supplemented by a $380,000 combined investment by Steve Baxter and Naomi Simpson in exchange for 8.4 per cent of the firm’s equity during the recent episode of Shark Tank.

Here’s what every startup owner needs to learn from Prospa and Unlockd’s failings

Two of Australia’s hottest startups were recently in the press for all of the wrong reasons.

Wellington’s Rabid Technologies expands into Australia by acquiring Melbourne’s Squareweave

Bucking the trend of Australian companies buying into New Zealand, New Zealand web and app company Rabid Technologies has acquired Squareweave, a strategic design and web development agency based in Melbourne.

Music startup GiggedIn tunes in to VentureCrowd for part of its $1 million cap raise

Online subscription platform GiggedIn is transforming how live music and entertainment is consumed by making it more affordable, easier and accessible for Australians, particularly millennials, who love the nightlife.

UrbanYou and Oneflare join forces to capture Australia’s on-demand household services market

The deal will significantly accelerate the companies’ growth trajectory. With over one million users visiting Oneflare monthly, consumers across Australia will be offered the convenience of instant booking and payments, and exceptional service standards delivered through UrbanYou.

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