Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist Shea Tate-Di Donna agrees now is the perfect time to be an entrepreneur, however feels resources for entrepreneurs are not equally accessible to people of all backgrounds. Her latest venture Zana aims to ‘democratise entrepreneurship’ in developed and emerging economies, so that people – regardless of their age, gender, race or sexuality – have the best chance of building successful businesses.
Founded by Anurag Chakradhar, Blrt allows users to talk, point and draw over websites, images and documents so that all parties involved in a project or conversation are in sync. The startup claims that its technology includes all the benefits of phone calls, emails and video conferences, while removing the limitations of each.
Recently, the New Venture Institute at Flinders University in South Australia analysed the Myers-Briggs data of over 100 founders who participated in the Venture Dorm programme over the past two and a half years and found a strong correlation between certain personality types and startup success.
Third Party Trade has taken all the core features of what it means to be an online brokerage platform and broken it down into an API platform. This way, anyone – whether they’re an existing online broker or an Australian startup founder looking to launch a new business – can integrate with its service and instantly tap into the US market.
But Nuheara, a startup based out of Perth and San Francisco, is set to make this a reality. In partnership with Curtin University in Western Australia, the startup is developing innovative augmented ‘Hearables’ (ear buds) that allow people to control their hearing experience with the help of a smartphone app.
Running has many rewards, including better brain performance, better mood, and better sleep. But if you’re not a fan of running or other vigorous physical activities, the post-workout panting and muscle soreness overshadow the health rewards. French startup Running Heroes has launched in Australia to not only reward avid runners for their dedication, but to also motivate non-runners to start hitting the pavement.
Although there were varying opinions on the open-sourced legal document templates created by Australian VCs, most lawyers agreed that the terms presented in the templates are more appealing to investors than startup founders, and that startup founders should seek legal advice and negotiate important amendments.
In some ways, the Acorns app is the smartphone equivalent of the piggy bank. But there’s an additional element. It allows people to round up their daily purchases and automatically invest their virtual spare change into a diversified portfolio of index funds.
Melbourne-based startup Gooroo is building a globally unique and verifiable talent-company-role matching algorithm which promises to not only transform the way employers recruit technology talent, but also the way technology professionals manage their careers and the way we understand the technology industry.