We’ve seen a number of startups emerge in the last few years that help people manage their personal finances via their smartphones – a few notable examples include Mint, Pocketbook and Digit. Although Sydney-based startup MoneyBrilliant isn’t a new market entrant, it has undergone many iterations and is now one of best available because of its UI/UX as well as the volume and type of financial services accounts that can be integrated into the application.
Fintech startup zipMoney, which offers interest-free loans to online shoppers, makes ASX debut and enters high growth phase
Sydney-based fintech startup zipMoney, described as ‘online lending meets the checkout’, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) yesterday after raising $5 million in an oversubscribed reverse takeover of mineral exploration company Rubianna Resources.
Over the years, one thing that’s become increasingly clear about Dropbox is that it plays the long game when it comes user acquisition. It doesn’t aim to convert users to paying customers overnight or over months, but over years.
SMS-based on-demand service ASAP merges with former rival Ketings, says it’s better to join forces than compete
SMS-based on-demand service ASAP, which gives you whatever you want as soon as possible, was founded by two Sydney-based university students Dylan Samra and Kelvin Nguyen earlier this year, with Daniel Cunningham joining as a co-founder shortly after. Six months following its launch, ASAP has raised capital and merged with former rival Ketings.
Swift is fast becoming the logistics platform of choice for businesses globally, while Liquorun is put on hold
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.
FinTech startup Simply Wall St prepares to commercialise its offering following $600,000 funding round
Sydney-based startup Simply Wall St, which makes the stock market easier to navigate, has just announced the closing of a $600,000 funding round led by Mike Quinn from Innovation Capital, with participation from Sydney Angels and their Sidecar Fund. This brings the total amount raised by the startup to $700,000, including the original investment from AWI ventures.
After being screwed over by developers and losing $500,000, Where4Events is on track to becoming Australia’s largest event aggregator
Caroline Woodhouse’s transition from office manager at a dead-end chiropractic clinic to tech entrepreneur has been rockier than anticipated. Like many non-technical founders, she decided to outsource the development of Where4Events, an event aggregation app, only to end up in a messy court battle, costing her $500,000.
Ten months after merging, Australian startups Beat the Q and Posse have announced the closure of an oversubscribed Series A $5 million funding round led by Westpac’s $50 million venture fund Reinventure and 12-year-old venture capital firm Exto Partners. The new investment will be used to fund product development – specifically, to improve the payment process for customers when dining out or buying coffee and to introduce new features – as well as marketing and scaling merchant acquisition.
Perth startup Nuheara, the first wearables company to list on the ASX, has developed technology that lets people hear what they want to hear
But Nuheara, a startup based out of Perth and San Francisco, is set to make this a reality. In partnership with Curtin University in Western Australia, the startup is developing innovative augmented ‘Hearables’ (ear buds) that allow people to control their hearing experience with the help of a smartphone app.
Realestate.com.au partners with 3D visualisation startup Scann3d to transform the online property ecosystem
Australia’s biggest property portal, realestate.com.au, has joined forces with Melbourne based 3D visualisation startup Scann3d as well as property developer BPM, to transform the online property ecosystem. As a result, rather than house hunters and property investors having to rely on two-dimensional floor plans to assess the value of an investment, they can walk through an interactive virtual world and explore developments before they exist in the physical world.
Startup Running Heroes rewards people for running while providing valuable data insights to health and fitness brands
Running has many rewards, including better brain performance, better mood, and better sleep. But if you’re not a fan of running or other vigorous physical activities, the post-workout panting and muscle soreness overshadow the health rewards. French startup Running Heroes has launched in Australia to not only reward avid runners for their dedication, but to also motivate non-runners to start hitting the pavement.
The Galileo Alpha is a modern smart drone with advanced sensors that protects the user’s home, property, and business. When an alarm goes off or a routine check is required, the Alpha flies autonomously inside the user’s property and lets the user know what is happening from every angle, by streaming video, audio, and sensor data to the user’s smartphone and home security provider.
Although there were varying opinions on the open-sourced legal document templates created by Australian VCs, most lawyers agreed that the terms presented in the templates are more appealing to investors than startup founders, and that startup founders should seek legal advice and negotiate important amendments.
With grammar analysis, sentence rephrasing, word count targeting and plagiarism checking built into the app, GradeProof simplifies the arduous task of text revision. The app is available to use on iPhones and iPads, and targets both students and businesses.
In some ways, the Acorns app is the smartphone equivalent of the piggy bank. But there’s an additional element. It allows people to round up their daily purchases and automatically invest their virtual spare change into a diversified portfolio of index funds.