News & Analysis
If you have a presence on, well, any social media channel, you probably would have seen at least one person you know in the last couple of weeks participating in the ‘ice-bucket’ challenge aimed at raising awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
In response to the proliferation of wearable tech, Melbourne-based startup Rewardle has released its first version of a technology that will enable independent local merchants to accept payments from their customers via smartwatches.
Startup RANGEme has today announced that supermarket giant Coles will be adopting its platform. The partnership means that RANGEme, which allows businesses to pitch their products to large retain chains via an online platform, will be able to provide new sales opportunities to local SMEs.
The timing of the current Senate Inquiry into the Australian Innovation System highlights some glaring shortcomings in Australia’s approach to and understanding of innovation. The reporting date, by July 2015, could well mean that any recommendations miss the next Australian budget.
Creativity can crop up in the most unusual circumstances – even at a Jack Johnson concert, as we’ve been told by Adam Theobald, Co-Founder of Beat The Q. Just as unlikely is for an idea to emerge while hurtling down a highway at 110 kilometres per hour. But that’s exactly what Elias Bizannes intends to incite when he boards 25 strangers onto a bus this August for a three-day road trip out of Sydney and back.
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.