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Learning the ropes of banking, payments and retail can be painfully tedious if not boring at the best of times. Moroku is the name of of the software startup that aims to overthrow this general perception by encouraging people to spend more time thinking and acting on their financial future through video games.
The competition gets fiercer in the Australian real estate space as startup OpenAgent secures AUD$1 million from a number of high profile entrepreneurs and investors including Pete Flint, co-founder of one of America’s largest online real estate marketplaces Trulia.
If you believe the rhetoric, you would think BuzzFeed, the media startup launched by Jonah Peretti in 2006, is the apocalypse for journalists everywhere.
It’s 2014, and we all know that as technology advances, so too does crime. But one thing hasn’t changed – our passwords. SplashData’s researchers found ‘123456’ to be the most common password for 2013, followed by ‘password’, ‘12345678’, ‘qwerty’ and ‘abc123’.
A survey conducted by Australian online jobs site OneShift has revealed that 49% of Australian University graduates feel that they are underprepared for the workforce whilst 80% think that work experience is more valuable than a degree. These graduates are not wrong.
In Australia, there are two main tech startups emerging as front runners in this vertical – Pocketbook and MoneySoft. While they both target personal budgeting, they do so in very different ways.
E-commerce giant Bigcommerce has just announced the recruitment of three senior figures in San Francisco to help drive the company’s exponential growth across the globe – in the past year, the company has seen 100 percent year-over-year revenue growth, increased the number of online stores from 35,000 to 55,000, and is approaching $4 billion in total online sales across merchants.
Over seven years working in real estate, Andy Sheats became increasingly intrigued by the number of startups that were overlaying online business models onto traditional industries. In 2012, he decided to forge his own startup path and tread into the $20 billion private health industry. The result is Health.com.au.
If Verbate are successful in integrating and systemising transcription, data collation and facial recognition in a way that enables a self service model in the same way that the Audience does for SurveyMonkey, they could perhaps become the most powerful analysis tool for verbal responses.
Global self-service ticketing platform and events marketplace, Eventbrite, has today announced its partnership with 99designs, a graphic design marketplace home to over 310,000 designers worldwide. As a result of this partnership, event organisers will be able to connect with a diverse pool of graphic designers and source professional banner designs for their event pages.
Monthly subscription services are nothing new to Australia. If your name is Kath Purkis however, doling out bespoke style to the masses is rarely a deterrent. Her Fashion Box is the result of this 28 year-old founder and co-founder Kerry Osborn.
There’s no doubt that accounting is getting smarter in the 21st century as vast amounts of information, transactions and complex business processes move into the cloud to further trim workplace efficiency. More importantly however is the arrival of a platform called an API that has accounting software giants like MYOB and Xero implementing their own versions of this highly versatile tool.
Franz Och, one of Google’s top computer scientists and Head of Google Translate is moving on from the company in pursuit of something more ambitious – conquering death. Och is joining the team at San Diego-based genetics startup Human Longevity as Chief Data Scientist.
On Monday, Melbourne-based online real estate ad company REA Group Limited (ASX:REA) announced it had bought a 17.22 percent stake in Catcha Group’s portfolio company, iProperty Group, for AUD$106.3 million.