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Peter Moriarty was just 15 years old when he started what is now known as IT Genius Australia, he loved computers and would spend his lunchtimes skipping school occasionally to assist his ‘customers’ with their PC issues – back then, a cloud was a white fluffy thing in the sky and not even Moriarty quite grasped where this IT gig he performed for pocket money would eventually lead to just over a decade later.
We’ve seen a number of startups emerge in our ecosystem that focus on coupons, discount deals, rewards and vouchers – examples include Aston Club, BigDeal, Buzzingaa, Coupay, OzSale, Rewardle and Swoop. Each has its unique point-of-differentiation, but not all have maintained strong momentum. The latest to enter this highly competitive space is Melbourne-based startup Liven.
Sydney-based venture technology investor and startup incubator, BlueChilli has today announced it has closed AUD$5 million in investment, which will help the firm continue in its path to grow and strengthen Australia’s startup sector. The latest round of funding was led by Australian business icon The Myer Family Investments, as well as Adelaide-based tech entrepreneur and founder of Internode Simon Hackett.
Today, Australia represents approximately 5 percent of total global gross ticket sales, and ticket volumes continue to reflect high, double-digit growth rates in the country. Over 25 percent of the total tickets processed in Australia have been processed in the first six months of this year; and among the 100,000 Australian events on Eventbrite’s platform is Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Next Wave Festival, TEDxMelbourne, Pause Festival and EQUITANA Melbourne.
SaaS platforms rely on subscriptions in order to maintain a steady cashflow for survival. How can these services drive subscription numbers? One solution is YouTube.
Last Monday, avid traveller and social entrepreneur, Chris Ball, embarked on a 2,000-kilometre bike ride from Seattle to San Francisco, carrying a meagre daily budget of $3 – the amount that half the population of the developing world is currently surviving on.
Mat Beeche sat down with Manutea Dupont, cofounder of Ridesurfing to get their perspective on what Mat has been calling the ‘Sydney Transport Wars’.
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Growing up in the UK in the late 70s and 80s when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and leading the country, I thought it was quite normal for a woman to be in a leadership role. By the time I was 8 years old, my tech career was already being mapped out for me – I just had no idea at the time.