Category Archives: Startups Back

Disability support platform Hireup takes out first place in Deloitte Technology Fast 50

Sydney startup Hireup, an online platform looking to change the way Australians with a disability find, hire, and manage their home care and support workers, has come out in first place in this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, with zipMoney and Zero Latency rounding out the top three. Founded by brother and sister duo … Read more

Sportstech startup SPT raises $5 million: Founder William Strange on the pros of a sales-focused mindset

For Melbourne entrepreneur William Strange, the most valuable experience he’s received as a startup founder wasn’t found at a startup at all, but at a commercial real estate firm. “Commercial real estate was where I learnt to take being told no in my stride, and anyone who’s worked in the area knows those first few … Read more

Business boost for Plane Pal as kids sleep devices for planes approved

After six months campaigning to have the ban on her kids travel product the Plane Pal overturned, Samantha Cardone is celebrating a “huge win”. Last week Virgin Australia approved the use of Cardone’s inflatable cushion which fits between airline seats enabling young children to stretch out and sleep on planes. Virgin also approved the use … Read more

THE CROSSROADS REPORT: POOR ACCESS TO GLOBAL TALENT BUT ITS NOT ALL BAD NEWS FOR STARTUPS

Although it’s becoming easier for startups to raise capital in Australia, high-growth companies are hamstrung by a shallow pool of global talent, warned Alex McCauley, CEO of StartupAUS and lead author of the 2017 Crossroads Report. The report, a comprehensive review of the nation’s startup ecosystem, features a state-by-state brief on the progress of local startup ecosystem, … Read more

WHY THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM NEEDS MORE NON-TECHNICAL ENTREPRENEURS, NOT STEREOTYPES

To draw more talented non-technical entrepreneurs, including women, into the world of startups, BlueChilli is eschewing the Silicon Valley stereotype of founders being hoodie-wearing coders and using language that promotes inclusivity, according to co-founder and CEO, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin. Ahead of his appearance at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Sydney (5-6 December), where he’ll participate in a panel discussion – … Read more

Startup Muster’s 2017 report highlights growth in an ecosystem that is focused on global talent

The fourth annual snapshot of Australia’s startup ecosystem has been released, painting a picture of a thriving scene which relies heavily on global talent, with some in the ecosystem saying the volume of international workers in the space shows how concerning changes to 457 visas could be. Startup Muster’s 2017 report surveyed 2,214 respondents in the … Read more

How Swanwick Sleep has already made a killing selling on Amazon

E-commerce start-up Swanwick Sleep went from zero to $US1.5 million ($2 million) in less than two years. The Brisbane-based company sells amber-coloured lenses that filter artificial blue light from digital devices and modern energy efficient lighting. Company co-founder Tristan Swanwick attributes its success to a number of factors, including selling on US e-commerce giant, Amazon. … Read more