May 2015

Design marketplace Redbubble raises $15.5 million, with European expansion in its sights

5:09PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Kye White Design marketplace Redbubble has raised $15.5 million to fund its European expansion and further product development.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen blasts government for squandering “massive opportunity” due to delay in equity crowdfunding scheme

5:03PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Broede Carmody Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has accused the federal government of missing out on a “massive opportunity” by not already having an equity crowdfunding framework in place.

TripAdvisor acquire restaurant booking startup Dimmi: why it’s important to find “a bunch of guys that give a shit”

5:34PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Kye White Australian restaurant booking startup Dimmi agreed to be acquired by TripAdvisor because they believed they found “a bunch of guys that give a shit” about the Dimmi brand.

Wanted: UKTI on the hunt for nine Aussie fintech startups to take to London

5:25PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Kye White The UK Trade and Investment Department (UKTI) will take nine Australian fintech startups on a mission to London in September.

This Melbourne startup thinks men need help to become better boyfriends

5:08PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Broede Carmody A Melbourne startup is launching with the aim of encouraging men to become better boyfriends.

Meet the eight startups that landed a spot in Perth’s new tech accelerator

5:56PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Broede Carmody Perth’s startup ecosystem is set for a boost thanks to eight startups snapping up a place in the first Amcom Upstart program.

Patent applications are down in Australia thanks to tougher rules

5:39PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Tyrone Berger The latest figures released by IP Australia show there’s been a decline in the number of patent applications filed.

The seven books on Bill Gates’ reading list

5:25PM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Eloise Keating An explanation about how statistics can be manipulated and arguments about the sustainability of eating meat are just some of the topics on Bill Gates’ reading list.

Uber lashes out at ATO’s “flawed” GST ruling while competitors welcome level playing field

5:51AM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By Broede Carmody Uber has lashed out at the Australian Tax Office’s recent decision to apply the GST to its services regardless of how much drivers make, describing the ruling as “flawed” and announcing they will be challenging the determination.

THE NEWS WRAP: Automattic buys e-commerce platform WooCommerce for more than $US30 million

5:39AM | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | By StartupSmart Automattic, the parent company of, has acquired e-commerce platform WooCommerce for more than $US30 million.