Another busy week has seen Medium acquire Superfeedr, Uber raise $3.5 billion, and edutech company Udemy has raised $60 million. Closer to home Australia Post has acquired Aramex while Kikka Capital has raised AUD$2 million and Seatfrog has raised $1.2 million in a seed round.
The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) has revealed the 10 startups taking part in this year’s five month intensive program, with the teams selected representing a diverse range of ideas from solar energy solutions to tiny houses for farms.
Australia Post has announced it will be trialling drone technology to commercially deliver parcels to customers’ homes. The delivery service will be the first major parcel and logistics company in Australia to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), or drones, to provide customers with faster delivery.
It may not have shut the city down like its big brother Dreamforce does San Francisco, but the Salesforce World Tour saw thousands flock to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to learn how leading businesses are using Salesforce to better serve their customers, and hear what’s coming next.
The global decline in mail services in 2014 meant that Australia Post had to push further into parcel delivery and drive growth across the ecommerce and digital space. Following on their plans to maintain their competitive streak, Australia Post has strategically aligned with one of Australia’s fastest growing delivery startups Shippit.com.
The Victorian Government has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia Post to help provide the state’s businesses with easy access to the Chinese market through Alibaba’s Tmall platform, which allows international brands to sell to China without having a physical presence in the country.
Australia Post partners with Data61 as it looks to become an ecommerce and ‘eGovernment services’ company
With traditional snail mail continuing its slow slide into irrelevance, Australia Post has partnered with the CSIRO’s data innovation group Data61 in a bid to innovate and secure its future.
Although Australia Post are clearly being innovative with new products such as its digital mailbox, the communication and community buy-in surrounding these products are a serious issue. It has created a perception the organisation is perhaps not as innovative or forward thinking as it genuinely is.
Silk Road, contrary to mainstream communication is still alive and well and business is booming. Startup Daily conducted an investigation recently to try and uncover how these Darknet innovators worked within Australia and how exactly the “goods” made their way into customers’ hands undetected domestically.
Let’s be honest ever since mobile phones started having good quality cameras, everyone has loved to have a bit of a photo shoot with their friends, our group of mates have been going strong since 2008, back then we just said “photo shoot” but now you “Instagram” everything, and of course add a hashtag.