Companies like Spotify and Netflix have paved the way for digital subscription, making it quick, cheap and easy to access millions of songs and movies all in one place. Now, London startup Readbug wants to bring that approach to indie magazines, providing readers with access to dozens of hard to find titles. While the startup wants to replicate the services provided by the likes of Netflix and Spotify, it also wants to offer support outside of the digital world and help readers to engage in print publishing.
CareMonkey is yet another Australian healthtech success story. It’s been quite a year for the startup, which recently won a Talent Unleashed award and a trip to Richard Branson’s Necker Island and took out the top prize at last month’s Slush event in Findland, winning 650,000 euros.
Online marketplaces allow you to hire almost anything these days, from tradies to event planners and even pets. Yes, there’s an app that let’s you borrow a dog for a day. But who are these tradies, planners and dogs? How can you be guaranteed that the tradie is qualified, the planner is tasteful and the dog doesn’t have rabies? When it comes to money you don’t want to be offloading to anyone and that’s where managed payment systems come in.
When one thinks booming startup ecosystems, Silicon Valley, Israel, and China are usually the first to come to mind, but India has had a stellar 2015, with an increase of seed funding from $15 million in 2014 to an expected $100 million in 2015. Keen to keep its finger on the pulse, tech and startup publication Tech in Asia has announced that it is expanding its physical presence into India, setting up an office in Bangalore.
Sydney startup Bookabuy, founded by husband and wife pair Mel and Chris Tantchev, wants to bring a bit of magic back to the online book purchase with its subscription service, which allows customers to buy personalised monthly book subscriptions for themselves or as a gift.
A recruitment service of sorts, Gemini3 is focused on job share roles – that is, roles that have two part-time employees working to fill the place of one full time employee. The startup is working to firstly help companies identify opportunities for such roles, design them, and then promote and fill them.
Combined with the banking licence Tyro obtained from the Australian Prudential Regulatory in August, the funding will go towards accelerating Tyro’s growth initiatives and new product development to help the company provide new payment and banking solutions to customers.
While its competitors may have successfully created a perception of being the “tech focused payment systems of choice” there are literally millions of small and micro businesses screaming for simple solutions and that is the play Pin Payments is looking to dominate.
The stats on startup failure are well known; lots of people try their hand at it, but only a small handful make it. Still, those in the business of giving entrepreneurial advice often say that you need to fail before you can succeed. That’s certainly been the case for Matt Forman who, after spending years on a startup that was going nowhere, decided to throw in the towel and start again with Traffika.