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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

Sendle takes on Australia Post this Christmas with flat-rate $13.45 global delivery

Sendle is taking on Australia Post this Christmas, with a new “parcel anywhere” offering that lets customers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide send 250g parcels anywhere in the world for $13.45. Launched earlier this week, the flat-rate offering is designed to empower Australian small businesses to ramp up their e-commerce efforts and make … Read more

‘A lot of thirsty people over there’: Australia shipping 234 million bottles of wine a year to China

Chester Osborn has been selling wine in China for about 20 years but in the last year sales have soared 300 per cent. Osborn’s family winery d’Arenberg exports about $4 million worth of wine a year into the country from its winery based in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. d’Arenberg, which turns over more than $40 million a … Read more

Psychologists, dieticians and mindfulness: The startups behind Australia’s esports push

The team at Order esports is on the hunt for a state-of-the art facility for athlete development. “We want it so we can provide at the highest level, with psychologists, dieticians, mindfulness sessions. All to provide that elite sporting environment,” says Order chairman Adrian Giles. The startup manages ten teams in nine sports. All are … Read more

‘They’ll spend tens of thousands of dollars’: Children’s parties boom

Susie Kazda has seen it all in her time running children’s party business Little Party Faces. “We’ve got a birthday party for a three-year-old coming up at the zoo,” Kazda says. “They have the carousel booked, a puppet show, an entertainer, a professional face painter, a professional balloon twister and a host from the zoo.” … Read more

Headphones startup nura raises $21 million in oversubscribed Series A to develop new products and expand globally

Melbourne-based headphones startup nura has closed a $21 million Series A funding round led by existing investor Blackbird Ventures to develop new products and accelerate the global rollout of its flagship “Nuraphone” personalised headphones. Founded in 2015 by Luke Campbell, Dragan Petrovic and Kyle Slater (who has since left the startup), nura tailors its “Nuraphone” … Read more

This brother and sister duo have a growing startup that uses simple text messages to get you off your phone and off on real-life adventures

The Nudge is a text messaging service that sends messages to its community of subscribers, trying to get people off their phones and off on adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was co-founded by the brother and sister team of John and Sarah Peterson. The company raised $US540,000 in “pre-seed” round in … Read more

Aussies in the Valley: Entrepreneur Ned Dwyer on why it’s hard to break into the “closed” Silicon Valley community

When Aussie startup founder Ned Dwyer first moved to Silicon Valley in 2013, he quickly started to feel like a small fish in a very big pond. “I found it difficult as an outsider to break into the non-Australian community in San Francisco, as people didn’t know where you were coming from or what your … Read more