News & Analysis

Startup Parkhound jumps on the bitcoin bandwagon

- January 7, 2014 4 MIN READ

The internet has recently been abuzz with bitcoin tell-tales; and more and more startups are recognising the need to keep up with this technology trend. The latest startup to incorporate cryptocurrency into their payment system is Parkhound – an Australian-based online marketplace that connects drivers seeking parking spaces with local property owners who have spaces to spare.


Open Shed builds a better sharing world

- September 30, 2013 4 MIN READ

Open Shed is part of the global collaborative consumption movement allowing Australians to rent, use and return all kinds of handy goods – whether they’re household tools, camping gear, electronics or anything in between. The peer-to-peer rental site recently partnered with OzHarvest and launched a donate-to-charity feature enabling people to donate a percentage or all of their rental fee to charity.


Airtasker acquires collaborative consumption service Taskbox

- February 7, 2013 2 MIN READ

Australian services marketplace start-up Airtasker today announced that it has acquired collaborative consumption business TaskBox, a company that also connects individuals and businesses seeking to outsource everyday tasks to reliable and trusted people who can complete those tasks. TaskBox Co-Founders James Mather and Nick Roberts will join Airtasker as Team Advisors and be responsible for business development and growth as the company continues to expand its peer-based outsourcing smartphone app and website.


Women in Tech: Taskrunners

- December 13, 2012 2 MIN READ

One new service finding website, TaskRunners, is rethinking the way Australian’s discover and pay for quality services close to home. The online marketplace is designed to give busy people better access to skilled, helpful people in their local community. is part of a growing movement in Australia called ‘collaborative consumption’ or the ‘Sharing Economy.’ It provides an easy-to-use online platform that allows members to post (“Task Posters”) up small jobs and everyday tasks that are then completed by capable and enthusiastic people in their community (“Task Runners”).


Startups and the City of Sydney

- August 13, 2012 5 MIN READ

Firstly, full disclosure. It is no secret that Angela Vithoulkas and I know each other, we are close friends, business colleagues and we both host the “Startups” show together on her radio station – Eagle Waves Radio. So when this woman who I consider a good friend told me she was going to be running for Lord Mayor in this year’s City of Sydney council elections – I naturally was excited for her and of course as a friend want her to win. On the same token though, part of the core mantra with my business [Shoe String] is that I want to give readers an objective view of things when it comes to content on our site.


New Startup changes the way we think about our Spaces

- August 8, 2012 2 MIN READ, an online peer-to-peer marketplace for physical space, is not only disrupting the self-storage and parking market, it seeks to bring a new space supply while changing the way people think about and use their space. The intent is to revolutionize the way empty space is used by transforming everyday spaces; i.e. garages, backyards, offices, driveways, etc., into rentable spaces that you can use (e.g. music brands space to practice), store or park (e.g. car, boat etc).


Ignition Labs 2012 Class Innovating for the Greater Good!

- July 30, 2012 2 MIN READ

The Ignition Labs Clean Tech Seed Accelerator operates within ATP Innovations and has just recently announced their new [and first] class for their Clean Tech Incubator. Much like various other incubator programs such as Pushstart and Startmate, the Ignition Labs program will be an intensive 3 month program in which the successful applicants will be developed as business people, validate and refine their technology and business model – and then finish things off with a roadshow pitching to investors across Australia and the United States.