Australian startup Spacer just raised $2.7 million then acquired a rival

Storage startup Spacer has secured a $2.7 million series A capital raising round and acquired parking space rival Parkhound. Parkhound’s founders had last year rejected three investment offers on the Ten Network’s Shark Tank television show. This time they agreed to terms with Spacer for an undisclosed amount. The platform, with 55,000 members and 10,000 parking locations … Read more

Why Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is sending messages of support to Sydney uni students

The first cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs graduating from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s (SSE) pilot unit are commencing their entrepreneurial journey with an unlikely source of inspiration: a personal message of support from Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder has joined prominent local entrepreneurs, including Shark Tank judges Naomi Simson and Janine Allis, in sharing words of encouragement … Read more

We tried 3 meals from a vegan vending machine that’s about to blow up the fast-food scene — here’s the verdict

Lamiaa Bounahmidi may have a solution to your diet woes: a vending machine. Bounahmidi is leading a San Francisco-based startup called leCupboard, which dispenses healthy, personalised, prepared meals out of vending machines. The startup’s goal is to get people to think differently about healthy food by making it as convenient as fast-food. Customers simply press a … Read more

The Power of People Skills : How to Eliminate 90% of Your HR Problems and Dramatically Increase Team and Company Morale and Performance (ebook)

Author: Trevor Throness People are the problem. They’re always the problem. If a business person goes home frustrated, if they talk with their significant other about it, if they lay awake at night stewing about it, inevitably the problem is some person at work—a colleague, subordinate, or boss. Handling people issues is every leader’s major … Read more

FROM ‘GLORIFIED LAWN BUSINESS’ TO TECH-CENTRIC MARKET LEADER: A CHAT WITH HIRE A HUBBY’S CEO

With more than 330 active franchisees nationally, Hire A Hubby (HAH) is today the third largest player in Australia’s tradesman and handyman industry, claiming a market share of 5% – and of the big three, it’s reportedly the only one to have gained market share since 2011*. Under the leadership of CEO and owner Brendan … Read more

Entrepreneur-focused bank OakNorth hits ‘unicorn’ status in funding deal

LONDON — Entrepreneur-focused bank OakNorth has raised £154 million from Singapore investment group The Clermont Group, UK hedge fund Toscafund, and Coltrane Asset Management. The consortium has purchased close to a 16% stake in the two-year-old business, valuing London-headquartered bank at £934 million ($US1.3 billion). It means OakNorth has reached so-called “unicorn” status — a … Read more

Digital sense : the common sense approach to effectively blending social business strategy, marketing technology, and customer experience (book)

Authors: Travis Wright and Chris J. Snook This book provides a complete playbook for organisations seeking a more engaged customer experience strategy. By reorganising sales and marketing to compete in today’s digital-first, omni-channel environment, you gain newfound talent and knowledge from the resources already at hand. This book provides two pragmatic frameworks for implementing and … Read more

TOP 40 UNDER 40: BRISBANE’S INFLUENTIAL YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS # 11 – 15

The fashion industry headlines our top #11-15 with these movers and shakers using social media to boost their businesses and drive sales. They’re complemented by an innovative marketing business, a construction finance broker and a major player in the agricultural plastics market. Here is our Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneurs from #11-15. Read more Ben … Read more

“I’LL LAUNDROMAP THAT”: NZ DRY CLEANING TECH STARTUP ENTERS AUSTRALIA SEEKING $3-4M TO GROW

On-demand dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service Laundromap has now launched in Perth and Sydney, with the founders of the New Zealand tech startup in the midst of planned $3-4 million capital raise to service further capitals across Australia. Since launching in New Zealand last year, Laundromap has grown at a rate of 30% month-on-month. … Read more