News & Analysis
Kardashian was interviewed by journalist Kara Swisher onstage this week at Re/Code’s annual tech conference on the topics of social media, mobile gaming and the polarising nature of her particular brand of fame.
Home intelligence startup Ninja Blocks has today announced a USD$700,000 capital raise. The news follows a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign completed in January through which the startup raised a little over $700,000, more than six times its pledged amount. Investors in the latest fund round are both local and international, and include SingTel Innov8, Blackbird Ventures and 500 Startups.
Posse and Beat the Q have today announced a merger that will assist in companies’ growth trajectory. Together, the startups want to create the “Uber or Airbnb of shopping”. Posse and Beat the Q both have strong traction; collectively, they will have 500,000 users, 56,000 shop relationships and handle over 400,000 transactions per month.
Glamsquad is part of the growing trend of startups that operate in the ‘connection economy’. Other startups that fall into this category include Uber, goCatch, Airtasker, Sidekicker, Road Angels and SuitBids, to name just a few.
Bloomberg BETA, a recently-launched $75 million venture capital fund backed by US media group Bloomberg, conducted a study in a rather unusual manner to determine what kind of people are likely to become successful startup entrepreneurs. And as it turns out, you don’t have to be young like Facebook’s founder and our generation’s poster child of success Mark Zuckerberg to do it.
The owners of Dallas Buyers Club LLC, who own the rights to the movie of the same name, has applied to the Federal Court for iiNet and other internet service providers to reveal the details of people it suspects may have committed copyright infringement by illegally downloading the film.
Melbourne-based entrepreneurs Aris Allegos and Andrew Watt are the brains behind an infant startup Moula, which functions as an online funding platform for small businesses to access critical short-term capital.
In August this year, rumours spread across the Asia Pacific that the Indonesian Government was planning on adding ecommerce stores onto the country’s ‘Negative Investment List’.
Co-Founder and CEO of Pop! Chris Koch is the first human to shit out a computer (assuming no-one else has considered such an idea).
The list of Uber’s enemies is a long one. It includes everyone from politicians to taxi lobbyists and the general public to its own drivers. I have been saying on quite a regular basis in the last couple of months that a war is brewing in the transport market.
Yesterday, the news was confirmed and broke by Fairfax. goCatch had indeed closed a $4.5 million round of funding, although a press release distributed last night said the capital raise was sitting at $5 million.
Following hot on the tails of Australia’s latest startup trend, Question-and-Answer based social network Spring.me has today announced its plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), and raise a further $3 million to $5 million in the upcoming weeks through institutional investors.
Last Friday Iselin had launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the goal of raising AUD$1 million to buy out Mamamia.com.au, fire Mia Freedman, and relaunch the brand as MamaKate – unless someone generously donates $1 million, in which case it will be Mama[insert name of donor].
Since going public and acquiring DriveMyCarRentals, Qanda has made a further two acquisitions, adding Rentoid.com to its portfolio of products in May, as well as Caramavan.com just this month.
Flightfox, which is essentially a marketplace of travel hackers that compete amongst each other to find tickets that meet a user’s criteria, recently introduced a new section to the site which lists the world’s “17 Best Cities To Live Cheaply”. The list has been criticised by Levels.io and TechinAsia.com for having a similar layout and content to Nomad List.