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New tech start-up lookfit has its eye on the $8.5 billion local health and...

It currently compares in excess of 10,000 products and services from more than 350 brands, including household names like Lorna Jane, Running Bare, Swisse, Adidas and Goodlife.

Taxi app goCatch raises $3 million more, eyes global expansion

Is it that time of the year when Aussie startups begin to feel restless and eye international markets? Last month, it was the taxi booking...

Read this in Morgan Freeman’s voice: When big data came, riding a cab was...

goCatch will soon start using big data technology to improve the taxi booking experience of its users across the country.

True to name, goCatch lands a deal to gain legitimacy and growth

goCatch hasn’t had a smooth ride since its launch a year ago. The app threatened taxi alliances, because its freed cabbies and allowed passengers the online equivalent of flagging a cab anytime. With cabbie councils hitting back, citing a lack of passenger safety, goCatch was pushed on the defensive, and never quite hit the high gears.

goCatch brings the ratings game to cabbies (and smiles to passengers?)

It’s not for nothing that goCatch last month won the $50,000 top prize at Tech23, a program sponsored in part by the New South Wales government and run by Slattery IT Consulting. Its iPhone app – which allows passengers to directly find and hire cabs in their vicinity – has been disruptive of the market. The app, launched in June, enables a cabbie to become a free agent, posing an evident threat to cabbie networks. The Taxi Council of Queensland has hit back, saying goCatch passengers could be compromising on their safety, and perhaps service as well, by hiring cabbies directly.

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