New Investment: Audience Republic Online Platform Helps Event Organisers Increase Ticket Sales

Founded by former concert and festival promoter Jared Kristensen, 27, and former CTO of GoCatch Jason MacLulich, 37, Audience Republic raised the seed round from Artesian Capital, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, and several Australian angel investors.
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Investment Update: Launching the Worlds First Universal Invoicing Platform for Micro Businesses, the simple, time-saving and free online invoicing solution for small businesses, is proud to announce its soft launch of the worlds first universal invoicing platform enabling any small business operator on earth to invoice in their own currency, tax nomination and language.  This will be a massive benefit for start-ups, micro business and SME’s right across the globe.

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Trend Analysis: Digital Forces Reshaping Outlook for Societies Quicker than Most of Us Can Imagine

We all know the world is rapidly changing as a result of developments in innovative areas such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, connectivity, information sharing, Internet of Things/Everything, wearable devises and digital marketing technologies to name a few.
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Investment Update: Balandra is Nominated One of Five ‘Gartner Cool Vendors in BPM for 2015’

Gartner’s Cool Vendor reports identify technology vendors that bring a new approach to the market, offering unique and innovative products and services that have real market impact. In the BPM report, Balandra Software is one of the 5 cool vendors selected globally, from whom Gartner’s analysts say:

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Start-Up Support: Digital4s Ventures Supports Student Start-Up – Wins 1st Prize at P. Farrell Cup

On November 23, at UNSW Australia, Riviera was crowned the winner of the 15th Annual Peter Farrell Cup, held by the UNSW Business School. Riviera is an exciting new start-up, run by university students who intend to transform car parking by using a ticketless, cashless and boom-gateless system, all runs through smartphones.

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Investment Update: Stock Trading Platform Simply Wall Street in Strategic Partnership with NAB

From Australian Financial Review April 18.

National Australia Bank has signed a commercial arrangement with fintech start-up Simply Wall Street, which aims to make it easier for people to invest in share markets, and will use it to entice back dormant customers.
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Investment Update: Free Online Invoicing Solution for Micro Business Launching in Australia

Europe’s fastest- growing small business platform InvoiceClub expands to Australia
– Its first country outside Europe

Sydney, Australia, July 10, 2015. Start-ups and SMES will benefit from the announcement that InvoiceClub, the simple, time-saving and free online and mobile invoicing solution for small businesses, is now available in Australia.

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New Investment: Digital Marketing Agency Lighthouse8 Specialising in Marketing Automation

Digital4s related fund has invested in Lighthouse8, an international engineering company specialising in business intelligence, business technology and marketing automation.
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Start-Up Advice: Digital4s Ventures on Financing Your Startup – Bootstrap vs VC investment?

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in the Meetup panel at Techbeach Manly discussing the question of Bootstrap vs VC financing of your start-up. Here are a few of my panel comments and recommendations to the Techbeach audience.

Of course the answer is – it depends … on the offering, competition and earlier experience, to mention a few factors! However, consider the following…

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