For most people, starting a new job means time spent looking for all the personal documents they need to give to their new HR department. For workers moving from job to job in industries like construction and mining where up to date documentation is crucial for compliance purposes, the paperwork process can be downright stressful. New Australian startup TradePapers wants to solve the problem.
OneShiftJobs has become one of Australia’s most innovative recruitment platforms since its launch on a barebones Wordpress site in 2012. The last few years have seen the startup raise $5 million, make an acquisition, and expand from its focus on the hospitality and retail sector to the corporate sector, but now it’s going back to its original mission with the launch of Skilld, a new platform that looks to connect small businesses in the hospitality and retail space with local talent.
Korean-Australian company NeoLabs stuck with its belief that there’s still use for the smartpen and, after six years of development, recently released the N2, their second generation smartpen that transfers writing and sketches onto smartphones. Created by Eddie Lee and Steve Lee, the pen was made with the aim of making a product that can be commercialised, swaying away from more scientific models to a design that is fashionable.
PractiFI is a SaaS platform focused on customer relationship management for the wealth management sector. Cofounders Glenn Elliott and Adrian Johnstone came up with the idea after a decade working as consultants in the space, which Elliott described “a bit of a mess in terms of technology.”
The founder of a new Australian property startup believes that existing property platforms are making us look at real estate wrong. Luke Metcalfe describes his platform Microburbs as “Walk Score on steroids”, with the US-based platform’s mission to help people find apartments in ‘walkable’ neighbourhoods. Taking this one step further, Microburbs aims to give property seekers all the information they need about an area, and match them to the right one based on their specific needs.
The Australian EduTech space was a high achiever in in 2015, creating a wide range of platforms to help parents, students, and teachers get through the school year, and 2016 looks to be no different. The first cab off the rank is Ella, a startup focused on teachers. Its platform allows primary and high school teachers to track their professional development and share resources with colleagues.
Though the founders of theright.fit insist it isn’t looking to push modelling agencies out of the picture, the core service the platform provides is helping both talent and brands bypass agencies and facilitate relationships themselves. It allows models, actors, photographers, make up artists, stylists, and other industry professionals to display their portfolios and market themselves to brands, and in turn lets brands search for, book, and pay models and other talent themselves.
BadgerMe allows users to log data through a daily phone call, its bots calling mobiles and landlines to ask about anything from hours worked, dollars spent, how much water the user drank, whether they did their half an hour of exercise that day, and more. The user can choose what day and time to schedule their calls for.
The photobooth has long been a staple of big events like weddings, school formals, and milestone birthday parties, but its popularity has waned somewhat since the rise of the selfie and Instagram. Social Playground is a Sydney startup looking to blend the two, bringing an online component to the old photobooth.
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.
Localizer wants to help businesses spur international growth by, as the name suggests, localising their service to different markets through its platform. More than just straight translating, Localizer aims to help keep a website’s particular language or tone of voice and adapt it into a similar style that fits the other country. For example, keeping the idea of Australian cheekiness or sarcasm but adapting it for a more playful Spanish audience.
Snow Explore was first developed over three years ago as an online community of sorts for skiiers and snowboarders, allowing them to post videos of trails. It has now evolved into a service that creates interactive maps that allows people to “know the mountain before they take on the mountain.”
As Australia’s tech startup scene has matured over the last five years, so have the tastes and standards of the entrepreneurs building those businesses. Pizza and beer at a coworking space are all good and well for the initial years but as the bank account begins to grow and the little black book of connections starts to fatten, these individuals start to seek new places to interact and network as their life becomes a little less ‘local pub’ and more ‘penthouse private bar’.
The thing about working in an office is that you can spend all morning daydreaming about what you’re going to eat for lunch, only to then get swept up in work and forget to eat until 3pm and then just eat a small, sad snack at your desk, or forget about eating altogether. The team behind HowAboutEat, the latest startup to join the ranks of Sydney’s FoodTech army, know they can’t stop people eating at their desk, so they want to make sure people are at least eating well.