Yesterday Seb caught up with Yossi Smoler who leads Israel’s tech incubator programs. Have a listen to some of the amazing results that are coming out of the initiative.
Over the next few weeks Seb, the founder of Bluechilli will be doing some roving iphone reporting from Tel Aviv and Moscow.
It was meant to be a compliment from a friend, but I couldn’t have been more insulted. Content? You called me content? I was furious. How did this happen – how did I get to this null and void place in my life were I so lazily had become ‘content’! At what point had I let go of all my dreams and passions to wallow be drowning in this self centred (and clearly obvious to those around me) wallowing pit of cContentment! All in all I was shocked and extremely worried!
It was a tough call, and that is why we totally outsourced the judgement on this one (and will do so in all future comps, because it totally gives me a scapegoat and I don’t have to think objectively) but the results are in and the Winner of the Top Technologist sponsored by Buffalo Storage Competition is…
HOUSL today announced that Greg Ellis, the CEO of REA Group (Realestate.com.au ASX:REA) has invested in the HOUSL business. Recently awarded 3rd place in BRW’s “most innovative Australian companies of 2012”, Bluechilli has helped to launch HOUSL a complete online real estate identity verification system and solutions platform that enables tenants to apply for rental properties instantly using their mobile phones.
Under the agreement Deloitte Private will offer its Entrepreneur ConnectTM Program to BlueChilli investee start-ups which will leverage the Deloitte Private infrastructure and community. Start-ups will have all their bookkeeping and accounting services looked after by Deloitte Private, enabling the start-ups’ founders to focus on business growth and scale. Deloitte Private will leverage its extensive network and client base of high net worth individuals, Deloitte partners and subject matter specialists to assist BlueChilli companies.
He was three from the front of a line about to enrol into University down in Tasmania when he got the phone call that ADFA were taking more students on and were offering him a place in the Navy. Three days later he was in Canberra thrown into a highly disciplined environment, being yelled out with gun in hand and studying how to engineer weapons to protect our nation. From being one of the youngest people ever to oversea the creation of new massive warships for Australia, to building and selling his first tech venture before he left the navy, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin has a story that is both both entertaining and inspiring.
DigitalSorbet is the brainchild of Virtual Assistant Bronwen O’Brien, and aims to support the ever-growing niche industry of Virtual Assistants and mums providing their services while working from home. Our initial research suggests that there are at least 80,000 female VA’s globally [specifically people marketing themselves as VA’s] – an important factor to consider as this is the target market that O’Brien is going after in these early stages of the product.
Sydney based startup Moneysoft has closed it’s third round of capital last week bringing the total amount raised to $660,000. Moneysoft is an online personal money tool that brings together financial information from multiple banks to enable goal setting and planning – closed the offer after 12 months and setting a final valuation of $3.3 million.
If you are not familiar with the name Catherine Eibner than you are not spending enough time hanging out with others in the Aussie startup scene. Eibner who has been leading the Microsoft Bizspark program in Australia for years has recently left the company, and in a move that further cements the goal of Blue Chilli to be the leading Australian incubator joined their team as the Lead Startup Advisor.
Last night over 200 people attended at “bi-city” event put on by Anthill to celebrate the Smart 100 Awards to network with other likeminded entrepreneurs, investors, thinkers and doers and to attend a panel discussion with some of Australia’s leading industry influencers.
With contracts worth close to $2m, Vividways most recently created a rewards program mobile application used by the Australian pharmaceutical industry. The mobile phone application helps retail pharmacies engage with patients more deeply while delivering everyday marketing campaigns, including functionality such as a store locator, online catalogues, up-to-date pharmacy-related news, promotions and loyalty programs. Vividways Founder, Paul Williams, will continue to work within the business to provide expert industry knowledge and relationships, and develop the application further.