If you are anything like me, and you are still in that startup phase where you are just figuring things out, you are operating lean and spend your time being a bit of a nomad about town, you will probably agree with me that carting multiple devices, books, pens around in a backpack gets really old, really fast!
A more mobile workforce helps to reduce overheads, many small businesses are increasing their reach by being available in more locations, but only maintaining one office in a central location. It also means businesses are spending less money on IT requirements.
CeBit is next week and on the 29th they are holding a startup focused conference day. We have been given a number of free tickets to give away. Use the code and we’ll see you there!
Right now in an apartment lounge room come makeshift office, is the global headquarters for Australia’s newest startup in the financial industry Pocketbook. Founders and long time friends since high school, Bosco Tan and Alvin Singh have given up the regular pay dates from their jobs in marketing and development [Bosco was previously at Pollenizer] for the dream.
The Australian Government have a number of grants and incentives available to those in the tech/entrepreneurial space, some offering refunds of up to 45c for every dollar you have spent. Founders just need to know where to look, how to apply and how to position their startup to be eligible.
Back in 1988, Flava Flav – the clock-necklace adorned, self-proclaimed ‘hype man’ for legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy – told us not to believe the hype. He was having a go at the media and critics in light of the group’s negative press. He could have just as easily been referring to the mobile apps of a quarter century later.
Technology is about to play a very cruel trick on the western world. It’s going to polarise people into two groups; those that embrace it, use it, love it and profit from it and those who end up living in a world that no longer rewards their effort.
When Rene Sugo and Andy Fung started what was to turn into MyNetFone back in 2004, it was just a side idea that was created to help them out with their actual business Symbio Networks. Before they knew it, they had 10,000 customers and thought to themselves, maybe this thing has legs a actual full on operational business – so they focused their resources, continued to do what they do best [create and build software solutions] and the rest they say -is history.
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.
We came across a new site today – 99Gamers.com “Access an Infinite Collection of Video Games” – Sound Familiar? Well that’s because us guys in the Aussie Startup scene have been familiar with Nikki Durkin and the goals being kicked by 99Dresses for the past couple of years now.