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Most people stopped using the Yellow Pages to find a tradesman a decade ago. Since then, the number of websites looking to help consumers connect with the right plumber or electrician has grown exponentially, but the battle is now on between apps looking to corner the tradie market. Despite the competition, Melbourne startup Mr Tradie believes it has the tools to do it.
Sydney education startup vClass has rebranded to Inkerz after its move into the Chinese market, this week signing partnerships with Shenzhen Yifang Digital Technhology and Shijiazhuang Dazhong Network Communication.
The number of female tech startup founders in Australia is growing slowly but steadily, increasing from 16 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2013, with only a fifth of these founders coming from a tech background.
The global education industry is worth over $4 trillion, with the smart education and learning market set to reach a value of $446 billion by 2020. With the Asia-Pacific region particularly ripe for growth, the number of Australian EduTech startups keeps growing.
It’s been another busy week around the startup space in terms of acquisitions and funding. A week after sinking $200 million into Vox Media, NBC Universal has invested another $200 million in BuzzFeed, Kik has raised $50 million from Chinese giant Tencent, and fantasy sports startup FanDuel has acquired NumberFire. Closer to home, SwatchMate raised $1 million and rebranded to Palette, and Swift raised $675,000.
Australian virtual pharmacy startup MedAdvisor is preparing for a backdoor listing on the ASX after naming former private equity manager Robert Read as its new CEO.
It used to be that people looking to get healthy would just adjust their diet somewhat and exercise. Then gyms became fashionable, and with the gym trend came the protein shake. Now a new Australian startup is aiming to do for protein shakes what “Keurig and Nespresso have done for improving coffee consumption.”
The days of retail personnel browsing other stores, clipboard in hand, to check and compare their competitors’ prices are long gone; now all it takes to find the going rate for a product is a quick look online. While Australian startup Pricify provides a platform for consumers to track prices and be notified when a price change occurs, no one startup has cornered the market with a service that automates the price comparison process for online retailers.
An analysis of job postings on Freelancer.com has revealed that businesses are increasingly turning to mobile, with the number of jobs in the sector increasing by over 25 percent to 22,290.
Though Facebook launched its Internet.org movement earlier this year to get smartphones and tablets into the hands of those in developing countries, it will take years before any tangible results are seen, if at all. Other startups have decided to work with what they’ve got, and are bringing parts of the internet to people with ‘dumb’ or feature phones.
Just over a year after Australian startup 99dresses shut down, a new similar service has launched – so similar it’s even borrowing half of the other startup’s name. 99closets is another app which allows users to easily buy and sell their clothing.
Yumit turns dinner time into an interactive game through a special scale on which a plate of food is set, with sensors monitoring how much food is eaten. Each gram of food eaten turned into virtual energy that can be used in a game.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, a small leak will sink a big ship. The 20c change from the $4 we hand over for a coffee every morning can add up over time but, thinking them useless and wanting to get rid of heavy coins, most of us routinely waste our change.
At the end of another week, Alibaba has signalled its intentions to acquire a 20 percent stake in Chinese electronics chain Suning for $4.6 billion, Startups.co rescued virtual assistant startup Zirtual, and Vox Media got a $200 million investment from NBC Universal. Closer to home, Sydney on-demand cleaning startup WHIZZ raised $2 million.
Pizza chain Domino’s has attributed its strong growth in Australia over the last financial year to the company’s tech innovations, including its GPS pizza tracker.