Technology

Spotcap Australia to share in $48.5m raising

Shaun Drummond   New small business lender Spotcap will use a €31.5 million ($48.5 million) debt and equity injection from private equity house Finstar Financial Group to expand operations in Australia, Spain and The Netherlands and into new markets.

The million-dollar tennis selfie business

Spectators take selfies at the Australian Open which has catapulted Social Playground into the spotlight.

Cara Waters   Annabelle Smith built a million-dollar business from our obsessions with selfies at the tennis and other events.

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Your boss can read your WhatsApp

Is your boss reading your instant messages?

Cara Waters   Australian employers are already within their rights to read employees' instant messages.

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Outrage at employee-tracking devices

The OccupEye device.

Cara Waters   Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper has quickly removed tracking devices from journalists' desks after a backlash from unions and staff.

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School kid turns app entrepreneur

Spencer Porter, founder of LOWK8 app.

Cara Waters   How 16-year-old Spencer Porter created an app and got it stocked by Apple.

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5 business trends set to shape 2016

Immersive reality technology could have important applications for small business.

Adam Courtenay   Futurists predict the top trends that will impact on your small business this year.

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Tech IPOs face tough investors

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar watch as their company's shares open on the Nasdaq.

Alex Barinka and Eric Newcomer   For investors to pile in tech companies will need to show profitability not just promise.

My business fell into a Google black hole

Matt Lawry, owner of Yellow Octopus, says dropping out of Google's rankings can destroy small businesses.

Cara Waters   Small businesses beware. Google can hijack your profitability by blacklisting your company if your SEO is found wanting.

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Drone businesses have lift off

Deb Saunders from ANU tests out a drone for wildlife tracking.

Gayle Bryant   Drones aren't just for hunting terrorists. They're being developed to assist businesses with everything from preventing shark attacks to pizza delivery.

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10 business lessons in 10 years

Sean O'Meara founded ImPOS 10 years ago and has learnt a lot from both his mistakes and successes.

Sean O'Meara   How Sean O'Meara started up ImPOS and turned it into a point of sale software business with $7 million revenue.

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Making money out of shark attack paranoia

Close call: Pro surfer Mick Fanning is attacked by a shark during the finals of the J-Bay Open in Jeffrey's Bay, South ...

Kate Jones   Aussie entrepreneurs dive into shark deterrence technologies after a sharp rise in attacks.

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Why Boots snapped up Rhinomed's anti-snoring device

Michael Johnson, chief executive of Rhinomed.

Cara Waters   Aussie business Rhinomed, which makes anti-snoring products, has got its products stocked in Boots pharmacies throughout the UK.

LivingSocial offers a cautionary tale to today's unicorns

The danger of being an overvalued unicorn.

Mike Isaac and Katie Benner   Rows of empty desks at LivingSocial give a glimpse of what life is like when you are more unicorpse than unicorn.

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SMEs most prone to tech disruption, warns IAG

"My fear is that our current models, our current advice models, aren't capable of serving that segment properly," IAG's ...

Ruth Liew   SMEs are the most likely to distrust large insurers or switch policies at the blink of eye.

Inside a startup pitch night

Michael Malone, founder of iiNet, is a regular at the Innovation Bay events.

Paul Wallbank   Innovation Bay is about far more than just getting funding for the startups involved.

Online search trumps family and friends

Edible Blooms founder Kelly Baker-Jamieson relies heavily on online search but believes word of mouth is also important.

Cara Waters   Research shows small businesses are finding the power of online search is more compelling than old-fashioned word-of-mouth recommendations.

O'Dwyer details equity crowdfunding laws

Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer will introduce crowdfunding laws this year.

James Eyers   Under new laws to be introduced to this year, companies with up to $5 million in assets and turnover will be able to raise $5 million each year.

LinkedIn frustrations lead to Pundit Connect launch

James Baird found LinkedIn's limitations frustrating and started his own online quoting system for consultants.

Cara Waters   When LinkedIn failed to deliver connections for James Baird he launched online quoting system Pundit Connect.

The rise of robo advisers

Robo advice is coming soon to you if these businesses have their way.

Adam Courtenay   Robo advice could slash investment costs and eliminate conflicts of interests but will people trust technology with their hard earned cash?

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Seven deadly small business video sins

The founders of Smudge Publishing, Jonette George, Daniele Wilton and Katie Wilton use video in their business to great ...

Caroline James   There's never been a better time to yell "action" to your colleagues. But how do you avoid getting it badly wrong?

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Surfstitch eyes more content as sales, profits soar

Surfstitch founders Lex Pederson (left) and Justin Cameron.

Sue Mitchell   Surfstitch Group is in talks to acquire online snow and skate content publishers to attract more action-sports fans to its websites as the pure-play online retailer morphs into a digital media company.

Stale fast-food industry risks being trashed

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Tony Featherstone   Small operators are not responding quickly enough to online change.

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This startup wants to make you happier at work

PeopleSpark founder Mitchell Harper wants to make workplaces happier.

Cara Waters    BigCommerce co-founder Mitchell Harper launches a startup today which aims to make you happier at work.

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Couriers: The $4 billion industry that still doesn't deliver

James Chin Moody, founder of Sendle, a delivery company that owns no vans.

Louis White   Small businesses are suffering because couriers aren't bringing the goods.

The secret sauce of social media timing

The time you post on social media may be more important than whether or not you use a selfie stick.

Adam Courtenay   Struggling to get traction for your business on social media? It's all in the timing of when you post.

Death of the dot com

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Caroline James   Can a little Aussie domain name find big fans in the small business world?

Finding the best mobile plan

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Louis White   With so much confusion in the market it's difficult to find the best provider. So we've done the legwork for you.

Stop data leaks in the workplace

There have been several high-profile hacking cases in Australia.

Daren Glenister   COMMENT: How do you know if your business is at risk of data leakage by an employee?

Get the latest gadgets now

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Adam Courtenay   There's a solution if you just can't wait until a new release hits Australian shelves.

How to stage a social media competition

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Sylvia Pennington   They are a great way to drive sales and followers.