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Earlier this week, I sat down with Liz Wald, VP of International for Indiegogo and she was extremely open and candid about my line of questioning around the so called “scam-paigning” issue that journalists from Pando and The Next Web in particular have had digs at the company for.
Sydney-founded security analytics innovator Packetloop was acquired by a global leader in the field of network security, Arbor Networks, in September 2013 – two years after the startup was founded by computer security consultants Scott Crane, Michael Baker and Tyson Garrett.
An Australian eyewear company is taking the philanthropic approach to marketing its latest sunglasses. Daybreak is the ambitious brand currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo to ensure that every pair they sell goes towards helping to restore sight to someone in need from Asia, Africa or South America, providing sight-saving surgery, medical treatment or prescription glasses.
Australian startups may be able to capture the gaze of government officials, but they’re certainly making their way onto the screen. Fun Project’s Startup Nation is one of many tech startup-focused ‘broadcast style’ ventures to be launched into the Australian media landscape. The six-part documentary series delves into Melbourne’s startup scene – 10 minutes at a time.
South Australian visual arts marketplace Bluethumb has taken out Best Shopping App in the Australian Mobile & App Design Awards 2014. Given the awards attracts entries from high profile businesses like domain.com.au, carsales.com.au, AFL, Coles and ANZ in a wide range of categories, it’s safe to say Bluethumb was in great company – not to mention, last year Ikea and Starbucks took out top honours in the categories for retail and shopping.
The ATO, after much anticipation, has provided guidance on the tax treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.
Instead of categorising Bitcoin as an Australian or foreign currency, the ATO has classified bitcoin and similar crypto-currencies as barter transactions, bearing similar tax implications.
Sydney-based startup Nexus Notes was built on the philosophy that students can learn a lot from each other’s notes, and of course, make money from simply sharing their notes.
Bluedot Innovation, an Australian technology company that specialises in advanced location services for smartphone applications, is making the Bluedot Point SDK available globally to inspire the next generation of location-based commerce and social innovation.