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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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.
We are at that point in the “on demand economy” cycle. The very few breakouts– Airbnb, Lyft and Uber are pretty much it, and Uber dominates the field in users, valuation, and funding– can raise billions each and are being encouraged to grow as fast as possible. [Source: Pando.com]
StartupAUS has announced the launch of its third annual Startup Spring festival, which aims to celebrate and promote the Australian startup ecosystem.
San Francisco-based company Compass, which provides automated reporting and benchmarking software to startups and tech companies worldwide, has released its latest report on the global startup ecosystem. Regions with the fastest growing ecosystems include Berlin, Bangalore, Amsterdam, London and Tel Aviv. [Source: StartupCompass].
In Australia and New Zealand, coworking spaces are looking to differentiate themselves with perks like nap pods, coffee machines, ping pong tables, brainstorming rooms, and even play areas for working mothers with young children. But having a strong and tightly-knit community is the foundation of every successful coworking space.
From having to change their name just before launch to their acquisition and subsequent buyback from The Catch Group, Vinomofo’s road to success has been well documented within the Australian startup community. Now the mainstream online retail industry is taking notice, with the startup taking out three awards at last week’s Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAs), including the top prize of Online Retailer of the Year.
It’s easy to watch the news stories about people drowning in rivers or at the beach each summer and think it will never happen to you because you’re a strong swimmer, but the truth is that accidents can happen to strong swimmers too. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 372,000 drowning deaths occur each year, with people often getting caught in rips, developing cramps, or falling overboard from a boat or swimming out too far and getting stuck.
It shouldn’t have been surprising when I found myself sitting in front of so many women in tech during my visit to its capital Wellington last week, yet I did. The reason I found it surprising is because although Australia is only three hours away from this beautiful windy city, what I found was an ecosystem that was light-years ahead in terms of its diversity and celebration of its female founders and employees.