THE NEWS WRAP: Uber hits back at Lyft with counterclaims of wrongdoing

8:29AM | Wednesday, 13 August 2014 | Kye White

Transportation network startup Lyft recently claimed Uber employees had requested and cancelled more than 5000 Lyft drivers, and now Uber has shot back.


Envato’s ThemeForest cracks the world’s top 100 sites

8:18PM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

ThemeForest, owned by Melbourne-based tech company Envato, is now among the top 100 websites in the world in terms of traffic, according to the latest Alexa rankings.

 | Growth

DesignCrowd seeks to differentiate itself from traditional graphics design studios as its international growth continues

8:44PM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australian crowdsourced marketplace DesignCrowd has set $100 million a year in gross revenues as its next major target, according to chief executive officer Alec Lynch.

 | Growth

New Queensland-based fund hopes to invest in 100 tech startups in the next five years

8:49PM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Queensland’s ilab, which operates as a division of the University of Queensland’s commercialisation arm UniQuest, and Artesian Capital Management have signed an agreement to create a $10 million investment fund targeted at highly scalable tech startups.

 | Growth

AFL club president backs startup with a realAs solution to dodgy real estate price ads

8:50PM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A new app might spell the end of real estate price baiting, a practice where agents advertise a lower-than-expected price ahead of an auction in a bid to lure buyers.

 | Growth

Agworld secures $6 million Series C funding with plans to expand to North America

8:59PM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Agriculture startups have been gaining momentum globally, and a new raise by one of Australia’s success stories in the space looks to solidify the impact the local industry can have on bringing technological innovations to farm production.

 | Growth

Telstra to acquire leading video platform company Ooyala

8:03AM | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Telstra has announced it will acquire Silicon Valley-based company Ooyala, a leader in video streaming and analytics.

 | Growth

Maths education startup becomes first Aussie recipient of US fellowship fund

8:32PM | Monday, 11 August 2014 | Kye White

The co-founders of Melbourne startup Maths Pathway are the first Australians to win Echoing Green Fellowships, a US-based social entrepreneurship fund offering seed funding and support to young entrepreneurs solving important social problems.

 | Growth

Online freelance market is like “eBay in 1997”, says Matt Barrie

8:05PM | Monday, 11 August 2014 | Kye White

Freelancer is dropping its minimum jobs price from $US30 ($A32.30) to $US10 ($A10.70) to make its platform more accessible to users in both developing and developed countries.

 | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Free to a good home: The startup turning trash into treasure

8:44PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

There is no shortage of people keen to give preloved goods a second lease on life. Now a startup called Ziilch is updating the concept by taking the old goods ‘on the nature strip’ online.

 | Growth

Upcoming event encourages the next generation of female tech leaders

8:19PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Go Girl Go for IT, a free upcoming event for high school girls from years 8 to 11 organised by the Victorian ICT for Women Network, aims to encourage girls to consider a career in the tech industry.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Business advice and education

How two mobile app developers’ love for AFL led to $400,000 in funding

8:12PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A Melbourne-based mobile games developer has secured $400,000 in funding from a group of prominent investors, after joining seed accelerator AngelCube’s 2013 program intake.

 | Growth  | Technology  | Websites

Pack your bags: booking a group holiday just got easier

8:26PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

A Sydney startup is aiming to make it easier for travel companies to generate and manage group bookings.

 | Growth

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, this Ant-o wants to save your life in an emergency

8:12PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

In an emergency, allowing paramedics to quickly identify someone, including their emergency contacts, key medical information or immediate contact information, can literally be a matter of life or death.

 | Growth  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Entrepreneur development vs startup incubation

8:00PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Joshua Flannery

It's not difficult to find a frustrated entrepreneur from our ecosystem whenever small businesses, lifestyle companies and startups get tarred with the same brush.

 | Growth

Grants aren’t helping Australian tech, but patent reform could

8:17PM | Friday, 8 August 2014 | Ian Maxwell

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has floated the idea that government grants be linked to the number of patents a university registers, rather than the papers it gets published.

 | Growth

Why the ASX is in a “perfect position” to reap the benefits of booming demand in south-east Asian markets

8:57PM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Kye White

MigMe managing director Steven Goh says the ASX has a real opportunity to attract a growing number of technology companies looking to list in the region.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

How the Mondelez Mobile Futures program is creating opportunities for startups and corporates

8:13PM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Kye White

A team from Cadbury Daily Milk had their first taste of startup life last week, when they worked closely with startup Snaploader, as part of the Mondelez Mobile Futures program.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Innovation

Menulog panned for $15 pizza voucher sweetener deal for bad review

8:52PM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Eloise Keating

Home delivery service Menulog has come under fire after one customer claimed he was offered a $15 food voucher to remove a negative review.

 | Growth  | Social media

New ride-sharing app to compete with Uber on donation-based system

8:55AM | Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Broede Carmody

A new ride-sharing app, which has taken a novel approach to getting around legal issues with passengers ‘donating’ money for rides, is set to compete with Uber in Sydney and looking to expand beyond NSW.

 | Growth Strategy