Smart Sparrow has announced the closing of a AU$5.3 million Series C round to expand its technology to cater for increase in online courses in the US.
Refraction Media produces a variety of magazines, websites, posters, teaching guides, and even apps to encourage students into STEM.
The Facebook Journalism Project, revealed today by director of product Fidji Simo, is a new program to “establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry”.
I get the advantages behind the Scaleup Mediafund, I just think it’s a selfish way to support the startup ecosystem
Yesterday News Corp Australia, FOX SPORTS and NOVA Entertainment announced the launch of their new initiative called the Scaleup Mediafund.
The Walkley Foundation has partnered with the Global Editors Network and Google to host the first Editors Lab in Australia, a hackathon focused on creating innovative news prototypes.
When one thinks booming startup ecosystems, Silicon Valley, Israel, and China are usually the first to come to mind, but India has had a stellar 2015, with an increase of seed funding from $15 million in 2014 to an expected $100 million in 2015. Keen to keep its finger on the pulse, tech and startup publication Tech in Asia has announced that it is expanding its physical presence into India, setting up an office in Bangalore.
Brisbane’s Daily Crow News is yet another media startup hoping to make its mark. It’s like a news-focused audio Twitter feed, delivering 10 second snippets, or ‘crows’, of hyper-local audio news, allowing listeners to find out what’s happening around them. The app allows users to upload their own stories, essentially having them become citizen reporters.
The success of So Bad So Good continues to show that Aussie media startups can compete on a global stage
At the moment, media startups like Buzzfeed draw in over 150 million monthly viewers. Consider that for a moment: that’s over seven times the population of Australia, and more viewers (legal and pirated) than any top rated television program receives – even Game of Thrones. Of course, such success has spawned a community of similar pop culture centred websites like Uproxx and Mic. and, closer to home, Tagroom, which was acquired by Moko Social last September.
Media-ecommerce startup Minimums lets you learn about interesting people through their most beloved possessions
If celebrity culture is anything to go by, people are curious about what other people have, especially if they’re cooler, richer and more famous. A startup based out of St Louis, Missouri, Minimums, doesn’t just show you, as its motto suggests, “the most interesting possessions of the world’s most interesting people”, it also lets you purchase those items.
Today, Alphatise officially announced that it was relaunching the platform as Alphatise Corporation and will be led by Pearson, now the sole founder and CEO of the company. The new corporate structure also includes some of the company’s original advisors and investors like Hugh Bickerstaff and Zhenya Tsvetnenko.
Citizen journalism startup The Typewriter needs to decide on a revenue strategy to survive the harsh Australian media landscape
The Typewriter, founded by UNSW student Benjamin Cheung in 2013, is a global ‘citizen journalism’ platform, which aims to give its readers opinionated content written from a local perspective from individuals on the ground.
The Australian Senate last night passed anti-piracy website blocking legislation, with streaming and torrenting sites like The Pirate Bay its main targets.
Tech in Asia, an online news site covering startup and tech news across Asia, has announced that it has raised $4 million in funding.
This week, David Koch, founder of Pinstripe Media, and Perry Smith, founder of Brand New Media, announced their respective companies would be launching THR!VE a new business and success-focused media channel and weekly free-to-air television show.
Sydney startup Prize Pig is making it easier for small businesses to connect with large media players
Founded by Amanda Westphal, Sydney based startup Prize Pig is a new platform that aims to make it easier for small businesses to get access to media exposure without the overheads of the media spend that would usually come with it.