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Zip, zap, app! How ZAPPP is empowering the small guy

A strong focus of the app platform is the ability to engage and reward users. That has come from Al-Attas’ belief that “an app is useless if it doesn’t add value to the life of the user.” He also held the view that current apps “weren’t offering fans anything more than what they could find online.”

Crowdsourcing firm lets 5,000 take a bite of the Big Apple

More than 5,000 entrants have submitted designs to the latest DesignCrowd contest. Using the innovative Sydney-based DesignCrowd crowdsourcing service, TimesSquare.com, has offered up a $10,000 prize for anyone who can provide a new logo. Check out the current logo, it really needs to be changed!

New accelerator gives the keys to success to five Aussie startups

Ignition Labs, an ATP Innovations-backed clean technology accelerator, is giving a much-needed jumpstart to some of Australia’s newest, cleanest startups. The five teams chosen will join the 50 companies and over 300 staffers already in the ATP Innovations incubator. Each team accepted to the accelerator will be given three months to build a business plan, validate technology, and produce a working prototype. Did I mention that each startup accepted into the program is given $25,000 in seed capital?

James Cameron’s trek to Davy Jones’ locker nets Australian team top award

When James Cameron set about making a documentary film at Earth’s deepest point in the ocean, the Marianna Trench, rather than sending in an Avatar, the legendary Canadian filmmaker sent himself. The project was filmed for broadcast on the National Geographic channel in the form of a documentary called DeepSea Challenge. Now, the team has been awarded the top prize at the 2012 Australian International Design Awards.

How one new app helps you (or your business) get a ‘boost’ around Sydney

We’ve all been there. Out-and-about the city with no charge left on our mobile. It’s a sinking feeling, really. It's like living in 1996 all over again. A new company in Sydney called Chargebar is setting up their charging stations at locations across the city, and looking to expand nationally.

Incubator Blue Chilli gets in on (rich) mobile apps

“We recognised that Blue Chilli could take our value proposition, extend it to other vertical sectors and cement it as a loyalty and marketing platform through the team’s technology expertise,” said Vividways founder Paul Williams, who will continue to work with Blue Chilli. “We look forward to the journey ahead.”

Minister Brendan O’Connor calls on the ‘Future of Work’

Is coworking the 'future of work'? Brendan O'Connor, the Minister for Small Business believes it may be the case. Melbourne Hub, one of many coworking spaces, is one example of how these environments attract companies both large and small. Is coworking the next step in mobile, 'knowmadic' workforce?

Apps to help businesses plan, impress dates, annotate fridges and fill bars; all winners...

So, who won the big prizes at the Sydney Hackathon? Apps that help everything from planning a great date, to organising the internet were awarded. Plus, Eric Bae shares his five point success plan that helped him score the major award and a $10,000 investment.

Bringing coffee to a nation of tea drinkers, how Di Bella has taken on...

A Brisbane coffee mogul has beaten Starbucks at its own game. Launching into India, before the U.S. behemoth, Di Bella Coffee has had an overwhelming response from a nation of tea drinkers.

Tropfest releases iPhone app for 20th anniversary of short film festival

Tropfest, Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and iconic cultural event, has for the first time released an iPhone app on its 20th anniversary. The app has been produced by Captiv8, a Bondi Beach broadcast and digital studio that has produced motion graphics for Tropfest for the past three years.

Life sciences sector shines but policy gaps pose challenges to Australia’s continued innovation

Like many industries, private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) activity have suffered heavily from the global financial crisis, after peaking in 2007. PE...

Marketing mantra: Wake up and follow the mobile window shoppers!

A recent study by Nielsen found that 47% of smartphone owners used the mobile Internet to find out more about a product or service before making a purchase decision. In fact, the top five “pre-shopping” activities carried out on a smartphone included: comparing product prices before visiting the store and whilst in-store, checking store locations, taking photos of products and reading product recommendations and reviews.

Should we thank the GFC for making Australians more entrepreneurial? Ex-bankers say, ‘Yes!’

Is it possible to attribute Australia's next generation of successful entrepreneurs to the GFC? Look around and it's not too hard to discover a slew of entrepreneurial startups rising from the ashes of the hard-hit banking and finance sector. TopGuest, Greenstride Funds Management, SeeMedia Group, Kaggle and now Paws for Life – were all founded, indirectly, by way of our top banks.

ingogo wins over top investors as it plays catch-up with goCatch

The race to get the most compelling taxi app to your nearest smart-phone is revving up. Ingogo is playing catch-up with goCatch, the iPhone app that won the $50,000 top prize at Tech23 last month. But it may have stolen a march by attracting marquee investors.

Why own when you can share? Are we entering the era of collaborative consumption?

The concept of collaborative consumption takes a very, very old idea in economics and gives it a new shine in our era of electronic social networking. It's all about sharing, trading or renting products or services as opposed to owning them. Listen as consultant Rachel Botsman describes it.

DealFetch: Australia’s first location-based group buying aggregator?

Daily deals remain on a tear as innovation adds spice to the sector. First there were deal sites like Scoopon and Cudo. Then came the deal aggregators like AllTheDeals and BargainDesk. Now here is a deal aggregator with a local twist – a la BargainDesk meets Foursquare, if you will.

Tech23 winners 2011 revealed

Participants fought for 23 display spots and a total of $150,000 in cash prizes at Tech23 held at The Auditorium at Surry Hills in Sydney last month. Startup companies pitched their innovation ideas to 400 potential investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and more.

Neil Armstrong steps down in Australia

What’s the best way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of CPA Australia? Invite Neil Armstrong to the party! The CPA anniversary comes just after the July 21 anniversary of when Armstrong stepped foot on the moon in 1969.

Worship and the marketplace come together in Sydney for Cre8 Business Leaders Conference

Cre8 Business Leaders Conference partners with local churches to host two days of seminars and resources for creating successful business according to the purpose of one’s faith.

Is this startup a lifestyle club? Or Scoopon for the high life?

Do the crème de la crème crave for Scoopons? Not exactly. But Agenda, an innovative startup founded by Blake Hutchison, believes even the rich might drool at the sight of similar discounts, only it would be for high dining, exotic spas, luxury brands, business class travel and, perhaps, rare experiences.
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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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