jasonclaremp

It’s time the government started testing and validating their ideas towards a better future for Australian startups

by 2 days ago.

It is painfully apparent that even though this is the third iteration of Labor for Innovation, nothing really has been done since the first. The panel was very eager to let us know about what their ideas are, but we have not seen any action or even plans come out of these sessions. My concern here is not that these conversations are not useful, because they are, but that they stop when the events are over. There is no speed to action or testable MVPs that come out of these dialogues.

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Andrew GO1

Brisbane’s GO1 raises $1 million; Viber acquires Nextpeer; GitHub raises $250 million

by 2 days ago.

This week saw some big deals take place around the startup world, with messaging platform Viber acquiring Israeli social gaming startup Nextpeer, GitHub raising $250 million, and Dutch startup Catawiki raising $82 million. Closer to home, Brisbane startup GO1 has raised $1 million from Steve Baxter and Tank Stream Ventures as it prepares to graduate from Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 program.

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Murray Decker

Though it’s a crowded market, travel startup Tour Amigo hopes to be the Expedia of the tour industry

by 3 days ago.

Travellers have become used to doing things online. From researching and booking flights and accommodation to planning sightseeing itineraries and scoping out the best restaurants to visit, it’s easy to plan an entire trip without ever stepping foot in a travel agency – unless you want to book a tour. Then you’ll probably find yourself going in to pick up some brochures and maybe even chat to an agent, even if you may end up booking online.

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PledgeMe

PledgeMe is eating its own ‘dog food’, using its equity crowdfunding platform to raise capital

by 4 days ago.

One of the regional leaders in the crowdfunding – specifically equity crowdfunding – space, Wellington based PledgeMe announced this week that it has raised more than NZ$360,000 to continue its growth, helping New Zealand-based creators run both project-based and equity campaigns on the platform. This is the company’s second round of capital raised through its own platform, having raised $100,000 within 23 hours in November last year.

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canva

New Zealand startup Jucebox wants to create the ultimate home automation system

by 4 days ago.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been buzzing around the tech world for years now, but it’s yet to make its way into the public consciousness. In fact, according to a survey of 4000 consumers conducted by Affinnova last year, 87 percent of the general public had never even heard of the term ‘Internet of Things’. But all that means is that startups are working harder to create the thing that gets everyone talking.

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