Australian startup Sparrow Flights aims to speed this process up to just 20 seconds by allowing users to book flights in just three taps and a swipe, with no booking or credit card fees to boot.
I’ve been in the Bay Area for almost two years and the biggest learning curve I see for Aussie founders centres on the business culture and the subtle, unwritten rules that exist in the tech industry here. One of the most nuanced cultural differences is around how to get and make introductions.
For decades Australian schoolchildren have been learning the basics of banking and saving through the Commonwealth Bank’s Dollarmites program.
Facebook acquires Masquerade; WeWork raises $430 million at $16 billion valuation; PlantMiner raises $3.5 million
Another busy week has seen Facebook acquire Masquerade, the startup behind MSQRD, the app behind the faceswapping tool taking over the internet, while Intel has acquired Replay Technologies to help create a new category for sports entertainment. Meanwhile, WeWork has raised $430 million at a valuation of $16 billion to help launch a push into Asia, and closer to home Melbourne’s Culture Amp raised $10 million while Brisbane’s PlantMiner raised $3.5 million.
Just a few weeks after entering into a strategic partnership with real estate group Ray White, tradie marketplace hipages has announced its acquisition of Australian business directory StartLocal and related assets, including Home Service Engine and Aussie Tradesman User Guide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
As governments around the country and the startup ecosystem itself look to sell innovation to Australians, brands too are getting on board. Qantas yesterday launched ‘Ideas that Travel’, a partnership with TEDxSydney that saw speakers deliver tech talks from 30,000 feet on a flight from Sydney to San Francisco.
Most startups are terrible at early stage marketing. If you don’t believe me, just take a quick search of any startup featured on Startup Daily – check out their social media profiles, and if they have a blog. What you’ll find is that there is not much is going on – kind of like Donald Trump’s hair once upon a time, but hey, he fixed that!
Melbourne app Quid Pro Quo allows people to swap second hand goods through a Tinder-style match function
Melbourne startup Quid Pro Quo is an app that bypasses money, and trades second hand good-for-good, matching products with customers who are ready to barter, bargain, and swap. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure and that’s what cofounders Leon Chuah and Edward Leung of QPQ Tech are relying on.
Sydney startup Zipmate relieves the disappointment of missed deliveries through its on-demand service
Ziip is looking to relieve that particular brand of disappointment that comes with missing deliveries. Cofounders Naby Mariyam and Hyacinthe Hamon saw that the logistic services of Australian delivery companies were substandard and have yet to keep up with the demands of online shoppers and decided to create a solution.
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.
Nick Bell was a uni dropout with a failed skincare business before he built a $45 million internet marketing empire
As the saying goes, in order to succeed you first need to fail. That was certainly the case for Nick Bell, who spent three years on a skincare business that never quite took off before launching a web marketing company that now turns over $45 million a year.
This year seems to be the year of the self storage startup. First we got Melbourne’s Boxly, then came – and went – Rocket Internet’s SpaceWays, and Boxbird. Now Melbourne startup Spacelli wants to take a stab at the market.
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.
Education startup Austern International, created by UNSW student Lily Wu and cofounder Jamie Lee, has been set up with the purpose of catapulting students into thinking global when it comes to business, broadening students’ mindsets and allowing them to explore the options available to them.
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.