THE NEWS WRAP: Elance-oDesk relaunches as Upwork

5:31AM | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | StartupSmart

Freelance marketplace Elance-oDesk is relaunching as Upwork more than a year after the merger that saw the oDesk and Elance platforms come together under the one banner.


Uber launches more accessible service for seniors and Australians living with a disability

5:35PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Uber is looking to make it easier for Australians with accessibility needs to use its popular ridesharing platform.

 | Innovation

Airtasker sets its eye on China following $6.5 million raise

5:02PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Airtasker’s $6.5 million raise will be used to boost product development but more importantly plan for the company’s expansion into Asia, according to co-founder and chief executive Tim Fung.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

The winners and losers in Tesla's battery plan for the home

5:12PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Craig Froome

Tesla’s plans to use its new battery storage system to power homes will provide households with more opportunities to reduce bills. But it will also cause headaches for the electricity distribution companies.

 | Innovation

Act quickly on STEM jobs to solve the innovation drought

5:55PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Luke Sayers

Nearly half of current jobs are at risk from digital disruption, but shifting just 1% of workforce to STEM roles would add $57.4 billion to Australia’s GDP.

 | Innovation  | Government and Regulation

Take-away takeover: Menulog rumoured to whet rivals appetite for $500 million acquisition

5:26PM | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Australian takeaway delivery service Menulog is reportedly for sale with a price tag of $500 million.

 | Sell a business

Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid

5:43PM | Friday, 1 May 2015 | Michael McElfresh

Tesla Motors already makes batteries for its electric cars. On Thursday, it introduced battery systems for homes, businesses and electric utilities.

 | Growth

E-commerce sales up 22% as Aussie shoppers jump online after work to spend their hard-earned cash

5:29PM | Friday, 1 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia’s e-commerce sector continues to outpace bricks-and-mortar retail, according to research by online payments platform eWay.

 | Growth

How muru-D grad Pixc was accepted into 500 Startups without applying

5:44PM | Friday, 1 May 2015 | Kye White

Pixc, a startup that helps e-commerce stores create better product images, has been accepted into American accelerator program 500 Startups, without submitting an application.

 | Growth

Australia's first mining tech accelerator goes national

4:12PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

A Perth accelerator specialising in the resources sector is taking its annual hackathon across Australia this year in a bid to help mining companies embrace cloud, mobile and IoT technologies.

 | Growth

GlamCorner raises seed funding from AirTree Ventures hoping to emulate Rent the Runway’s success in the fashion rental market

4:22PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Kye White

GlamCorner, a Sydney-based online rental service for designer fashion, has raised seed funding from AirTree Ventures.

 | Growth

Education is key if Australia is to become a world leader in agtech

4:20PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

More needs to be done to shake off the stereotypes of old farmers unable to operate new technology in order to encourage more people to take up agtech as a career path, according to the founder of an app that allows users to track live farm data.

 | Growth

New research confirms what startups have long been agitating for: Australia needs more STEM graduates

4:04PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

There is a shortage of graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, according to the Australian government – confirming what local startups have long been saying.

 | Growth

My experience inside the Shark Tank: What got cut and the harsh reality of reality TV

4:34PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Robbie Adams

When I learnt that I would be pitching to the sharks on Shark Tank Australia, I saw it as a great opportunity to get some positive exposure for Mobilyser, but I also went into it with my eyes wide open.

 | Growth

Bitcoin continues to show equal measures of investor excitement and public apathy

4:24PM | Thursday, 30 April 2015 | David Glance

A worrying sign for those believing that Bitcoin could eventually be the default Internet currency driving all e-commerce, is the slump in take up of the currency more generally by the average consumer and business.

 | Growth

Equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd turns its attention to real estate

4:07PM | Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd has expanded into property investment.

 | Growth

Bigcommerce makes Austin-based payments startup Zing its first acquisition

4:04PM | Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | Kye White

E-commerce startup Bigcommerce has made its first acquisition, buying payments startup Zing for an undisclosed sum.

 | Growth

Monash University’s INCUBATE program demo day shows diversity of ideas from student entrepreneurs

4:01PM | Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | Kye White

A job platform for ICT employers, an app that helps create “the perfect date” and software that makes digital content more accessible for those with vision or hearing impairments were the three ideas on display at Monash University’s INCUBATE program demo day.

 | Growth

Here’s what your startup can learn from Indiegogo’s most successful crowdfunding campaign of all time

4:54PM | Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign is all about focusing on the “big picture” and not the money coming through, according to the co-founder of the most successful Indiegogo campaign to date.

 | Growth

Spying on your kid’s phone with Teensafe will only undermine trust

4:32AM | Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | Tonya Rooney

There is a growing market in software that can be used by parents to track their child’s mobile phone and internet activity.

 | Growth