News & Analysis
Last week, Ian MacFarlane, the Minister for Industry, launched the 2014 Global Innovation Index (GII) report. This report ranks 143 states on 81 indices, which are broken into five ‘innovation inputs’ and two ‘innovation outputs’ categories. Overall, Australia ranked 17th, up two places from last year.
Global payments platform Stripe has today announced its launch into the Australian market, going head-to-head against competitor Braintree, which established itself in Australia in November 2012 and opened up a Sydney office in June 2013. While Braintree has experienced enormous success in the country, the arrival of Stripe may pose a threat – especially when it comes to winning over the startup community.
Ridesurfing presents a very real threat to UBER’s ride sharing dominance in Australia. Why? Because they are playing out the same strategy Lyft employed in the United States. They’ve just replaced the pink hipster Lyft moustache with the Ridesurfing signature Shaka Sign – the symbolism here is very important and the foundation of their game plan.
Online home services marketplace Oneflare has just announced its acquisition of Renovate Forum, an online renovation community home to over 40,000 members.
Thinking of doing business in the future? Talk to the hand. No, seriously, you might have to if the only way to get in touch with a client is via a smartwatch or Google Glass.
What I like about Granfar, and why I think that himself and cofounder Bronwyn Leong are going to execute in the Media Tech space brilliantly is based on the fact they understand that what they are trying to do is a very clear departure from what most people understand to be social sharing.
Think you know how to throw a mean tupperware party? Get with the times, geezer. We speak to Stereosonic’s head of marketing and Ticketbooth founder on what they’re doing to revive and survive in this lucratively volatile market.
If you have made the observation that the same thing is happening again in the transport space – you would be right. It’s not just an Australian war though, it’s a world war – against UBER or more specifically their UBER X services. It is also somewhat a phenomenon, it’s not often you see private industries stage massive protests where they grid lock the traffic in major cities around the world.
Ghostery is a privacy tool that allows users that have the app installed on their browser to see the invisible web. Cookies, tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons etc, and gives you a roll-call of over 1,900 ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers and other companies interested in your activity.
With the news that a consortium of power players such as Kerry Stokes, James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch are considering injecting a multimillion dollar investment into Peer to Peer financing startup SocietyOne, I think we can safely say that things are about to get pretty interesting in Aussie FinTech.
Churn TV founders Nick Drewe and Matt Way are bringing the couch potato back to online audiences. Whether it’s a quiet video-streaming night in, a Youtube party, or just colleagues crowding around your desk to watch endless Russian dash-cam videos, the goal is the same: keep viewers watching.
Something is happening over in Western Australia. In January 2013 reports in the media spoke about the growing number of backdoor listings on the Australian Securities Exchange were seen as being quicker and easier than arranging a traditional IPO for smaller mining companies. Most of these companies such as Wolf Petroleum, that listed last year after a reverse takeover involving Strzelecki Metals Ltd and Orecorp who listed in a backdoor deal with Silver Stone Resources Ltd.
Now it seems technology startups are in the limelight.
You would have to be pretty thick to think that social networks don’t study and manipulate your behaviour.
There is a more pressing issue involving facebook at hand though. What myself and a fellow journalist at Startup Daily, Mike Huynh have noticed over the few days is that facebook may be engaging in deceptive conduct with their sponsored posts.
Last night, founder of The Entourage, Jack Delosa dropped a complete 10 track album under the rap moniker “Cavelli” titled Make Believe. The name Cavelli, comes from a 1930’s film, in which a street performer (Cavelli) wore a mask and nobody knew his real identity.
On June 12th, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk did something many would have considered crazy. He released the patents his company had as part of his commitment to the open source movement. It’s something we have not talked a lot about in Australia (the OSM), but a topic that will no doubt dominate discussion in the startup ecosystem before too long.