The very existence of the human race at this moment is evidence that parents over the years have done a satisfactory job at raising children without all the tools and technology available to 21st century parents. But that doesn’t mean there was no room for improvement.
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Forming Circles, an organisation launched in Australia in 2011 to support small business, innovation, and charitable projects, has evolved into Forming Circles Global with the opening an angel investment fund that will see $500,000 put into women-led startups and small businesses over three years.
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.
If the number of Australian startups targeting the industry is any indication, the recruitment process is broken. From OneShift to Workible to The Search Party, it seems dozens of startups have emerged over the last few years looking to change the way people look for jobs and how employers make new hires, with a particular emphasis being placed on ensuring there is a culture fit.
The SIM card may soon become a thing of the past, with Apple and Samsung reportedly in talks to introduce electronic SIMs to their handsets, allowing consumers to change carriers without changing a physical card.
The invasive pet industry is a billion-dollar problem in Australia, especially in vast remote areas where foxes, feral cats and wild boars roam free destroying the ecosystem killing off flora and fauna native to the Australian landscape. However tracking these pests and hunting them down may have just become a lot easier with the official launch of startup Ninox Robtics and its new military grade drones.
“Imagine you had a machine where you put in a dollar and five dollars come out, sometimes ten,” says Avi Hasson. “We have that machine and it’s called the Office of the Chief Scientist.” [Source: Forbes]
The idea of paying for porn went out of fashion around the same time as the idea of paying for music and movies. There’s still money in the industry, which was worth around $90 billion in 2013, but with young always better and fresh blood constantly coming through, performers have had to work harder to stay in the industry.
Melbourne e-commerce startup The Exchange Group, which operates four global marketplaces including Bike Exchange and House of Home, has today relaunched as Marketplacer after raising $10 million in funding from investors including David Paradice and Gerry Ryan, managing director of Jayco.