Goodbye Startup Daily, I’ll miss you

- October 23, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

I’d like to let you know that my two-year journey as the editor of Startup Daily has come to a close. My experience at Startup Daily has been critical to my growth as a professional journalist and editor, and I’m extremely grateful for the experience. I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made over the last two years in terms of traffic and reader engagement. I may not have founded the business, but I understand why founders call their startup their ‘baby’. Startup Daily felt like my own and I was wholly dedicated to it.


Online mental health startup Uprise offers ‘psychological toolkit’ to employees at risk of burnout

- October 20, 2015 5 MIN READ

One local startup Uprise wants to take e-mental health care further, offering companies of all sizes a digital suite of evidence-based therapies, starting with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), one of the most powerful treatments in psychology. The startup has essentially stripped down CBT so that it can be delivered online at a fraction of the time and cost.


Valuiza’s proprietary technology allows companies to measure and improve customer lifetime value

- October 16, 2015 7 MIN READ

Customer Lifetime Value (CLV), which is a prediction of the net profit attributed to the entire future relationship with a customer, is an important metric to measure and monitor on an ongoing basis. Sydney-based startup Valuiza (pronounced val-you-eye-sa) allows companies to not only do that, but also to improve their CLV by helping them pinpoint why people will stop using their product or service.

News & Analysis

Fintech Census results reveal demand for fintech coworking hub in Melbourne and greater access to corporates and private funding

- October 14, 2015 5 MIN READ

In August, Melbourne-based founder of peer-to-peer lending startup MoneyPlace launched the Fintech Census, an independent non-invasive 17-question survey, aimed at establishing a collective voice before developing of a comprehensive fintech vision and strategy for Melbourne (and Victoria more broadly). A total of 52 companies participated in the survey, representing more than 500 people working in fintech.


Alex Iskold: Focus more on the ‘viable’ and less on the ‘minimum’ in MVP

- October 9, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

“This day and age when startups talk about MVP, the emphasis is always on minimum … If product is too simple, and falls below the bar, it won’t be well received, and not likely take off. If the product is too simple, and doesn’t solve the problem, and doesn’t activate and retain the customers, it is not an MVP. It maybe a prototype, and there lies the difference,” writes Alex Iskold, Managing Director of Techstars. [Source: AlexIskold.net]


Will Sydney startup MoneyBrilliant be the winner in the personal finance management space?

- September 24, 2015 7 MIN READ

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.


SafetyCulture raises $6.1 million in Series A round to invest in tech, sales and marketing talent

- September 22, 2015 3 MIN READ

Townsville tech company SafetyCulture has announced that it has secured $6.1 million in its oversubscribed Series A round of funding – most of the investors in this round are existing shareholders. The latest round brings the total amount of funds raised by the startup to just under $11 million, with investors including Bill Tai, Blackbird Ventures and Farquhar, who is also a backer of Blackbird.


How successful startups get funded: the formula

- September 22, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

“What does it take to get funded? This is a question on many entrepreneurial minds, and we are sharing Unshackled’s thought process on how we get to 100% investment conviction. While every investor acts uniquely, we hope this formula helps close the expectation gap between founders and investors, and paves the way for a successful, shared journey,” writes Menan Mehta, co-founder of VC firm Unshackled. [Source: LinkedIn]

News & Analysis

SMS-based on-demand service ASAP merges with former rival Ketings, says it’s better to join forces than compete

- September 17, 2015 4 MIN READ

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.