The former head of Australia's corporate watchdog has identified smartphones and mobile applications as a way to boost competition in the taxi industry, and one cashed-up start-up has developed an Android-based device for drivers.
From boom to bust, from unconference to BarCamp and beyond, Mahesh Sharma tracks the fortunes of Australia's startup community.
Mahesh Sharma earned his pen licence in his homeland, where he covered the technology industry for ZDNet, SMH, Sky Business News, and The Australian--first as an FTE, and later as a freelancer. The latter fueled his passion for startups and empowered a unique perspective on entrepreneurs' passion to solve problems using technology. Armed with this knowledge, experience, and discipline, Mahesh has returned to his spiritual homeland India to document the mixed fortunes of one of the world's most exciting technology economies.
A high-stakes hackathon next month will attempt to answer what is arguably the biggest question of this generation's coding talent: are Android developers better than iOS developers?
A website that allows start-ups to "crowdsource" funding for the business has successfully overcome its first hurdle: crowdsourcing the funds necessary to build the website.
An American venture capital firm has invested US$15 million in Aussie company Mooter Media, which hopes to organise the world's biggest social photography contest.
PushStart has picked Melbourne as the first point in its national expansion, capping off a period of significant growth for the organisation that connects mentors with entrepreneurs.
AdventureCapital is on the verge of launching a venture capital fund with up to $40 million at its disposal to guide start-ups through the "valley of death", following the examples of Silicon Valley's Dave McClure's 500 Startups and "super-angel" Ron Conway.
Collaborative learning website WeTeachMe has only been in beta for a couple of weeks, but its founders are already eyeing international growth and riches.
The SydStart conference has moved closer towards its goal of being the biggest start-up gathering in the southern hemisphere, with last week's event attracting entrepreneurs from as far as Indonesia and Singapore.
One developer is hoping to put an end to the taxi booking app wars by producing a harmonious experience for cab companies, drivers and passengers, and he wants to do it by leveraging people power.
The imminent launch of taxi booking application Ingogo has received a massive financial boost having secured first round investment funding from a collection of high-profile technology, banking and angel investors, including a Google staffer and MYOB co-founder.
Local start-up OrionVM has taken capacity at the new Equinix S3 datacentre in Sydney, as the cloud infrastructure start-up continues its efforts to crack the $1 million revenue milestone.
A new Melbourne incubator called AngelCube will dish out a total of $80,000 seed funding to four start-ups, which were selected from a field of over 130 applicants.
Investment firm Adventure Capital is poised to cut the ribbon on its new incubator, a co-working space based in Melbourne, where the best and brightest entrepreneurs and start-ups will be cherry-picked to receive seed funding.
Start-ups that can't raise investment because of prohibitive legal costs now have an alternative, after local mentor-backed investment firm StartMate released the documentation that it used to invest in its first five start-ups.
Bubble Gum Interactive has just closed a capital raising round of over $1 million to fund the development of its children's game, Little Space Heroes, which will be launched later this year.