It has been another busy week across the global startup space, with Pandora announcing that it is to acquire Rdio for $75 million, India’s Uber rival Ola raising $500 million, and US fintech startup Earnest raising $275 million in debt and equity financing. Closer to home, online lender zipMoney secured a $100 million debt facility and $1 million in funding, while ShopandBox raised a $1 million seed round.
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Comparative sites in Australia are booming – whether you want to compare insurance companies, hotels, tours, or even people, there’s a site. To be noticed in the already cluttered cloud, real estate agent comparison platform RateMyAgent has decided to waive the commission fee and place consumers at the forefront of their business.
A year to the day after its launch, Jo Burston’s Inspiring Rare Birds movement has taken another step towards achieving its goal of creating 1 million women entrepreneurs by 2020, celebrating Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) with the launch of a new book, #IFSHECANICAN.
Almost every article, column, book, or speech giving career advice will spend some time talking about networking; after all, success can often be down to not what you know, but who you know. As such, the business world is full of networking events and gatherings, but their usefulness is debatable – it’s easy to spend a whole night talking to people without having made one relevant connection.
Deloitte has partnered with LifeJourney, an organisation that provides online career simulation experiences, to launch Day of STEM, a new initiative that hopes to inspire young Australians to develop a love for, and pursue a career in, STEM fields.
The taxi industry has received severe backlash thanks to years of poor customer service and PR campaign disasters – the Victorian Taxi Association had a shocker just last week with their #YourTaxi campaign. Knowing they’re working in an industry where you either drown or swim, taxi booking and payments app goCatch has unveiled its new branding in order to compete with the sharks.
Tiltsta is looking to change the way that people purchase items and engage with advertising campaigns on their smartphones, doing away with the ‘one touch’ mentality and instead replacing it with a slight ’tilt’ of your device.
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.”
More than six months after the Murray Financial System Inquiry recommended changes to Australia’s equity crowdfunding regulations, federal Small Business Minister Kelly O’Dwyer yesterday announced that the government is set to ease regulations and allow ‘mum and dad’ investors to invest in startups and small businesses.