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The SIM card may soon become a thing of the past, with Apple and Samsung reportedly in talks to introduce electronic SIMs to their handsets, allowing consumers to change carriers without changing a physical card.
The idea of paying for porn went out of fashion around the same time as the idea of paying for music and movies. There’s still money in the industry, which was worth around $90 billion in 2013, but with young always better and fresh blood constantly coming through, performers have had to work harder to stay in the industry.
Melbourne e-commerce startup The Exchange Group, which operates four global marketplaces including Bike Exchange and House of Home, has today relaunched as Marketplacer after raising $10 million in funding from investors including David Paradice and Gerry Ryan, managing director of Jayco.
Aside from, well, event planners, most people can think of nothing worse than spending weeks putting together the dozen different elements required to hold the perfect party. The biggest problem is usually that there’s too much choice and too much research to do to ensure you’re getting the best deal. MyCatering aims to fix that.
Just a month after teaming up with drone startup Flirtey, NASA has partnered with yet another Australian startup: the space agency will be using Freelancer to design a number of models of tools that will be used by a humanoid robot on the International Space Station.
At the end of another busy week, Match Group has added to its stable of dating platforms through its acquisition of PlentyofFish, while fantasy sports startup FanDuel has raised a $275 million Series E round. Closer to home, CargoHound round a $800,000 seed round, while Oneflare raised $3 million.
Judging by his demeanor, you might have expected the man to run a company like Etsy, amassing his fortune one macrame teddy bear at a time. But no. This kind, graceful creature was none other than Daniel Ek. And the company he founded was — and still is — among the most hated startups in all of techdom: Spotify. [Source: Pando]
It’s never been easier to ask for money on the internet, with new crowdfunding platforms seemingly popping up every week. However, while the average crowdfunding platform makes it easy for people to fund the creation of cool new apps and gadgets we don’t really need, others try to raise money for good causes. One such platform is Celly Fundraisers.
The University of Western Australia, Innovation Cluster, and Perth startup studio Atomic Sky have launched a new program to help post-graduate students and researchers develop entrepreneurial skills and commercialise their work.
Not everyone goes so far as to call their cat or dog their baby, but most Australians do consider their pets a part of their family, and that’s reflected in how much we spend on them: Australia spends over $6 billion a year on feeding and grooming pets and keeping them healthy. There’s a lot pet owners can control, but one of the biggest worries is what – or where – pets get up to when there’s no one home.
The nerd has been one of pop culture’s favourite targets over the last few decades. They’re always drawn as gangly and bespectacled, they’re socially awkward, and they never get the girl until they undergo a dramatic makeover on Beauty and the Geek. Sydney startup PT Essentials wants to set that stereotype aside by finding Australia’s fittest developer.
Flinders University’s New Venture Institute and the Majoran coworking space are calling on entrepreneurs to apply to their pre-accelerator program, Venture Dorm by MEGA.
Forget the stereotype of the dumb jock: whether it’s learning how to market themselves or taking better care of their bodies, athletes are becoming increasingly savvy. In particular, today’s athletes know that physical ability is just one part of the game and that mental training is now a key way to keep their skills sharp and boost their game. New startup HeadTrainer is looking to make that brain training part of an athlete’s life from day one.
From Frank Sinatra to Ryan Adams, Allen Ginsberg to Joan Didion, New York City is famous for the artists it’s been home to and the art it’s inspired. While artists have flocked to New York, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with tech entrepreneurship. For many startup founders, Silicon Valley has always been Mecca. Until now.
Local services marketplace Oneflare has today announced that it has raised $3 million in funding and plans to IPO over the coming financial year.