Welcome to Wednesday Don’t forget to tune into the Startup Daily show on the business TV streaming channel ausbiz.com.au every weekday, 2-3pm, where we talk to startup founders, investors and innovators about everything tech. If you’ve missed an episode, you can catch up on the ausbiz site here. 1. EU v Apple on competition The EU’s competition watchdog has some… Read more »
Welcome to Tuesday. Here’s what we’ve spotted 1. Amazon VP resigns over company’s treatment of workers As exit interviews go, engineer Tim Bray’s observations on company culture and he resigned from Amazon last week are a doozy. The Canadian vice-president of Amazon Web Services and respected engineer resigned his US$1m+ job after five years and… Read more »
Andreas Ehn was the first hire Spotify ever made back in 2006. As the tech juggernaut’s first CTO, he was responsible for hiring the engineering team and leading the development of the systems that form the basis of music platform that most of us now use everyday. Ehn recently made a trip to Sydney as part… Read more »
Brisbane-based Hydric Media works with brands to create apps for music discovery and curation, including SoundCloud track discovery app Wonder.
Looking to take its company culture to the next level as it scales up is Airtasker, which recently appointed Mahesh Muralidhar as its new Head of People Operations.
POSMusic serves licensed songs though an app and desktop service for retailers, providing analytical tools, custom-made playlists and Spotify integration.
Dexus Property Group has today announced a partnership with RocketSpace that will see the launch of a series of campuses across Australia.
Melbourne startup QSIC is a commercially licensed music streaming platform for hospitality and retail venues
While it may ensure every track is gold, it turns out that hooking up a personal streaming account in a commercial venue is against the law, and that’s where Melbourne startup QSIC comes in.
eBay acquires Cargigi; Spotify raises $1 billion in debt financing; LeSports raises $1.2 billion Series B
This week has seen Spotify raise $1 billion in convertible debt financing as it goes head to head with Apple Music and awaits the launch of Soundcloud’s streaming offering, while Chinese eco-sports company LeSports has raised a $1.2 billion Series B round.
In comes Australian startup Muru Music, which wants to help users create the perfect playlist, or listening journey. The app links to a user’s Spotify app and allows the user to be both the DJ and the audience, giving them greater control over the kind of music or playlists generated than Spotify, for example, while still giving them a laid back listening experience.
Judging by his demeanor, you might have expected the man to run a company like Etsy, amassing his fortune one macrame teddy bear at a time. But no. This kind, graceful creature was none other than Daniel Ek. And the company he founded was — and still is — among the most hated startups in all of techdom: Spotify. [Source: Pando]
Taylor Swift criticises Apple for decision to not pay artists during free trials of Apple Music streaming service
Showing that companies of all sizes struggle to find business models that everyone agrees with, Taylor Swift has criticised Apple for choosing to offer customers a free three-month trial of its new Apple Music streaming service, which is set to launch on June 30.
Tobias van Schneider lives his life like one big side project. Today, he designs and builds new products for Spotify in New York, but he couldn’t have predicted that when he dropped out of school at age 15 to work as an apprentice in a computer shop in Austria. He couldn’t have predicted that when he applied to graduate schools and design schools and was told repeatedly that he didn’t have enough training or talent to build a career. [Source: FirstRound.com]