Women’s ride-sharing startup Shebah embarks on $3 million equity crowdfunding campaign, after male VCs failed to get on board

Women-only ride-sharing startup Shebah is launching a $3 million equity crowdfunding campaign to boost its tech and fuel overseas expansion, and to share the startup’s success with its community of supportive women. Launched in 2017, Shebah saw 190% year-on-year growth in its user base, turning over $1.8 million in 2018. Speaking to StartupSmart, founder and chief … Read more

Working in the gig economy : how to thrive and succeed when you choose to work for yourself (book)

Author: Thomas Oppong There are new flexible and independent working opportunities available in the gig economy for those brave enough to seize them. It is estimated that the number people involved with the gig economy will double in the next four years. New generation workers are realising that they can break the chains of corporate … Read more

Bird is the word: Why this scooter-sharing startup is inviting other entrepreneurs to get in on the action

US scooter-sharing startup Bird has launched a new platform allowing other startups and small businesses to run their own mini scooter empires. Bird Platform will provide scooters-as-a-service, offering any business or individual a fleet of scooters. Platform users also gain access to a marketplace of mechanics and chargers — people earning money for charging the electric vehicles … Read more

Fourth time’s a charm: Will Lime be the bike sharing startup that works in Australia?

American electric bike company Lime has become the latest business to try its hand at making bike sharing work in Australia, launching a new scheme in Sydney last week. It comes after the spectacular failure of similar schemes in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year, with three international businesses already having tried and failed to … Read more

Co-create : how your business will profit from innovative and strategic collaboration (book)

Authors: David Nour; illustrations by Lin Wilson What if your customers had a vested interest in guiding your company toward greater success? What if your employees had a personal as well as professional commitment to elevating your organization? Imagine how different your results would be if investors, vendors, and even analysts treasured the relationship they … Read more

The Rideshare Guide : Everything You Need to Know about Driving for Uber, Lyft, and Other Ridesharing Companies (ebook)

Author: Harry Campbell In less than five years, ridesharing has grown from nonexistence into a billion dollar industry. Uber now has two million drivers in the United States, Lyft has seven hundred thousand, and both show no signs of slowing down. Despite the large number of drivers, Uber and Lyft provide little in the way … Read more

Need templated forms, business plan samples or industry reports? Check out ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database!

Members of the Business Studio now have access to the full version of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database! This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit … Read more

Chinese rideshare giant Didi Chuxing to launch Didi Express service in Melbourne

The Australian rideshare market continues to heat up, with Chinese player Didi Chuxing today announcing it’s set to launch in Melbourne later this month. Having raised more than US$20 billion in funding since its launch in 2012, Didi Chuxing offers a range of services, from ridesharing to taxi hailing, car rental, and enterprise solutions. Having … Read more

Airbnb: Landlord rights and responsibilities

The rise and rise of Airbnb has some Australian landlords pondering whether they should list their properties on the online accommodation platform. However, landlords must understand the ins and outs of Airbnb — as well as their rights and responsibilities — before making the decision to opt in. After all, successful property investment is about the long-term result, not just … Read more