Congratulations to everyone for making it through the tax deadline last week. If you spent hours poring over hundreds of receipts that you had hastily ‘filed’ throughout the year, don’t worry, you likely weren’t the only one. While a number of apps have emerged over the last few years to help speed up this process, Australian offering Point & Claim has steadily climbed up to join the market leaders thanks to its data capturing and reconciliation technology. Rather than helping users sort out their personal and business finances right before tax time, Point & Claim aims to make expense management easier all year round.
Melbourne FinTech startup MoneyPlace has launched after becoming just the second peer-to-peer money lender to attain a full licence from ASIC. The startup, founded by former NAB executive Stuart Stoyan last year, will provide unsecured consumer loans from $5000 to $35,000, with rates starting at 8.9 percent. The rates are determined through risk-based pricing, with loans offered by wholesale and retail investors.
While I know that I sat through a number of first aid lessons in high school, learning how to give CPR to a dummy and what to do while waiting for an ambulance, I can’t actually remember any of it. Unless our work requires frequent training, most of us are in the same boat. Melbourne startup Real First Aid wants to provide first aid training that people will remember by tailoring it to the specific situations they may one day find themselves in.
We may complain that things are getting too expensive, but the rise of bespoke ecommerce startups like Shoes of Prey, HandKrafted, and Disrupt Surfing shows that people are willing to pay for quality, one of a kind products. Whether it’s shoes, furniture, or surfboards, these startups are showing that customising is king. Just Ride It is a Melbourne startup proving that the model works for bikes, too.
While many are now Uber devotees, others have tried the service and decided it’s not for them. John Sajadi is one of them. While running a hire car business, he decided to try his hand at driving for Uber. Through both these experiences he saw first-hand the issues that passengers and drivers were facing and decided to solve them with a new app called TickToc
In spite of the name, fantasy sports is a big and serious business. It’s so serious that some sports fans are willing to put aside allegiances to teams they’ve supported for decades and cheer for their arch rival’s star playmaker to work his magic so they get all the fantasy points they can and win their league’s money pool.
Melbourne FinTech startup Clover, an automated investment advice platform, has announced the raising of a seed funding round by a number of investors including superannuation fund Equipsuper. Though the startup wasn’t willing to reveal the exact amount, Startup Daily was able to confirm that Clover raised over $1 million.
As the saying goes, in order to succeed you first need to fail. That was certainly the case for Nick Bell, who spent three years on a skincare business that never quite took off before launching a web marketing company that now turns over $45 million a year.
Spaces, a company that offers premium lifestyle-driven workspaces for entrepreneurs, small to medium enterprises and corporate intrapreneurs, has chosen Australia as its next launch location, starting with Melbourne suburb Richmond, followed by Sydney suburb Surry Hills in December.
It seems the co-founders are actually focusing on the more interesting side of alcohol delivery startup Liquorun: its logistics management platform. The software platform is now an entity of its own called Swift, which is growing fast and has customers from all over the world.
Lawyers in pop culture are often stereotyped as smug and greedy, stretching out cases for as long as possible to get as much money as they can. But in the real world lawyers, just like many other professionals, are looking to work as efficiently as possible, and are doing so by completing more work online for fixed fees.
If you believe the growing number of recruitment startups, the traditional resume is dead. With employers increasingly focused on company culture and the personalities of new recruits, video CVs and interviews have emerged as a useful way to get a real look at whether a prospect will fit in.
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.
Stuart Stoyan is urging fintech startups in Melbourne to complete a non-invasive 17-question survey as part of a broader initiative aimed at establishing a collective voice and creating better support mechanisms for Melbourne’s fintech community. Information gathered from the survey will be used to propose support from government, both at local and state levels, as well as corporates.
Education technology startup ParentPaperwork, founded by Melbourne-based Fiona Boyd and David Eedle last year, has today announced the launch of its platform’s School Forms module. This is set to expand ParentPaperwork so that it has a wide range of online forms scenarios in schools.