Startup investment landscape snapshot for 2019

Startup investment landscape snapshot for 2019

If you're still in the early stages of your startup or looking to finally launch your startup, 2019 might be the year to cast your net wider for investment capital to start or grow your company.  2018 was a big year for startups around the world. According to KPMG, over US$899 million was raised in Australia alone in 2018. At...

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Slow Internet with the NBN? You might be eligible for a refund

Slow Internet with the NBN? You might be eligible for a refund

The ACCC is urging NBN customers with slow connection speeds to contact their provider as they may be eligible for a refund. Over the last 15 months Telstra, Optus, TPG, iiNet, Internode, Dodo, iPrimus and Commander have each admitted that they likely made false or misleading representations about the connection speeds NBN customers could...

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Mobile payments drive Chinese tourist spending in Australia

Mobile payments drive Chinese tourist spending in Australia

A new report from Nielsen and Alipay has found 68 per cent of Chinese tourists in Australia used mobile payments during their visits last year, with shopping, accomodation and dining as the leading purchases. This puts Australia ahead of the US and Canada which had a usage rate of 61 per cent, and Europe (France, UK, Italy, Germany) with ...

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Aussie fintech brings leading Chinese mobile payment platform to local shores

Aussie fintech brings leading Chinese mobile payment platform to local shores

AirPay Financial Technologies has teamed up with major Chinese company SwiftPass to give Australian retailers, e-commerce sites and mobile apps better access to a booming consumer market through mobile payments. The two groups have formed the new lifestyle brand 'AirPass', allowing local Australian businesses to accept WeChat Pay ...

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The minds behind DriveMyCar launch Carly: like Netflix but for cars

The minds behind DriveMyCar launch Carly: like Netflix but for cars

Having already achieved success with DriveMyCar, a darling of the sharing economy, Collaborate (ASX: CL8) is looking to emulate the success of subscription services like Netflix with their new company called Carly. Carly is described as an alternative to buying or leasing a car, and instead has its users pay a monthly subscription fee to ...

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Afterpay reports its biggest ever month during a $2 billion first half

Afterpay reports its biggest ever month during a $2 billion first half

Afterpay (ASX: APT) continues to rake in more revenue every time they report, and the end of 1H19 is no different. An influx of new users saw Afterpay's underlying sales boosted by 140 per cent, up from $918 million in 1H18 to $2.2 billion in 1H19. The company says that December 2018 was the company's largest ever month on rec...

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How CarSwap is taking on a monopoly with its next gen auto classifieds app

How CarSwap is taking on a monopoly with its next gen auto classifieds app

There are slim pickings for options when it comes to selling your car online in Australia, while the act of offloading your pre-loved automobile can be quite expensive as well.  An Adelaide startup is hoping to flip the Australian industry on its head with its next gen app CarSwap. So confident in their business model are founder...

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AEV Robotics is changing the way we think about driverless cars and vehicles themselves

AEV Robotics is changing the way we think about driverless cars and vehicles themselves

When you take a look at the prototype for AEV Robotics' modular driverless vehicle it's hard not to see the future of transport. But according to co-founder and CEO of AEV Julian Broadbent, that future isn't as far off as it might seem. Melbourne-based AEV Robotics is currently in Las Vegas at the home of emerging tech: CE...

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"Very early entry" with AR takes Domino's into uncharted food retail territory

"Very early entry" with AR takes Domino's into uncharted food retail territory

With $1.6 billion in online sales worldwide representing almost two-thirds of its business, Domino's Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) is upping the ante to make sure it stays at the vanguard of digital tech development.  The company is now around two months in since the launch of an augmented reality (AR) Pizza Chef for its ordering ...

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Fortnite, Overwatch and Smash Bros join Esports Mogul roster

Fortnite, Overwatch and Smash Bros join Esports Mogul roster

Some of the world's biggest console games are joining Esports Moguls' (ASX: ESH) growing catalogue of titles. Fortnite, with over 200 million players worldwide, will be available on Esports Moguls' Mogul.gg platform a fully automated tournament and matchmaking platform. These console games will be part of one of the bigges...

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ACCC puts TPG-Vodafone merger in doubt

ACCC puts TPG-Vodafone merger in doubt

The competition regulator says the merger would take away TPG Telecom's (ASX:TPG) incentive for aggressive pricing strategies to offer cheap mobile plans and large data allowances. A merger to form a $15 billion telecommunications powerhouse between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia has been called into question by the Aust...

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Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

LifeSpot Health (ASX: LSH) has started distribution negotiations with "key players in recreational cannabis" following production of its first medical cannabis smart vaporiser. At the time of writing shares in the Melbourne-based company were up 13 per cent, with the group highlighting significant growth in the booming cannabis ...

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We have lift-off! The Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide

We have lift-off! The Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide

The space industry has been flexing its muscles in South Australia for the past three years and the Federal Government has been paying attention. Today, the Australian Space Agency announced that it will base its headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia. The new home for Australia's space industry will be built in the city-based ...

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Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

While prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have dropped this year, fortunes have been much better for a Perth-based global news and media group specialising in the blockchain that underpins the technology. With a background in financial journalism at Bloomberg, Heidi Cuthbert (pictured) founded her digital PR agency Multip...

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ACCC preliminary report slams unfettered dominance of Facebook and Google

ACCC preliminary report slams unfettered dominance of Facebook and Google

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today released its most scathing assessment of how American tech giants are impacting the Australian market, particularly the news and advertising sectors. The regulator released a preliminary report containing 11 preliminary recommendations and eight areas for further analysis...

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Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Seeing a mental health professional can be a daunting experience. Never mind the sterile waiting rooms, the unfamiliar office, and the anxiety of having to ask for time off work sometimes the hardest part is finding a car park! With broadband speeds faster than ever, and with telehealth well and truly entering its prime, it might be t...

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DigitalX launches American joint venture

DigitalX launches American joint venture

Blockchain company DigitalX (ASX: DDC) has launched a new joint venture with US-based investment bank and broker-dealer Americas Executions (AmerX) to service the Security Token Offering (STO) marketplace. Called DX Americas, the new entity will provide blockchain and technical advisory services in addition to marketing and public relatio...

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Freelancer.com moves into freight business with acquisition

Freelancer.com moves into freight business with acquisition

Freelancing and crowdsourcing business Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN) has moved into the freight and logistics market with the acquisition of Channel 40, an enterprise marketplace connecting freight owners with transport operators. With the acquisition, the company announced the launch of Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight...

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Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit

Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit

In the lead-up to a launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX in the coming weeks, Adelaide-based Fleet Space Technologies has achieved a national first by sending up Australia's first ever commercial CubeSat satellites. The two satellites Proxima I and II were recently launched onboard a rocket from US-owned New Zealand company Rocket Lab. ...

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GO1 and PeopleStreme join forces

GO1 and PeopleStreme join forces

E-learning company GO1 has teamed up with human resources and payroll solutions group PeopleStreme to provide an "all-in-one" holistic service for customers to upskill their workforces while keeping the books in order. PeopleStreme was recently acquired by Sydney-based Ascender, and is known for its 'Human Capital ...

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