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First week at a startup: SafetyCulture

The following is an edited, first-hand account of Shirley Gwynn’s inaugural week as Head of Customer Experience at SafetyCulture. An earlier version can be found at the SafetyCulture Blog. Meet me – someone who has only worked in large organisations, with thousands of employees, ...

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Toowoomba’s star app-rentices

Imagine someone pitching their app idea to a crowd of startup professionals. The entrepreneurs describe a new system of car maintenance, and discuss user interfaces and safety mechanisms. Who do you think of? An early 30s male, possibly in a trim navy-suit? Think again. Amanda ...

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Events startup Gathrin spreads its wings

As part of the post-Airbnb surge in peer-to-peer platforms, Toowoomba startup Gathrin has cultivated a particular niche: renting unique items and services for events planning, up to and including exotic birds. Launched in July, Gathrin rents out everything from grass ...

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ilab Germinate encourages ‘Dynamic Conversations’

Cairns-based workplace trainer and business coach Carol Hautot has spent the last three months progressing her startup as part of ilab’s Germinate accelerator program, and for her it’s been a much-needed shot in the arm. Dynamic Conversations is a platform that facilitates online leadership coaching with a focus on fun.  The idea came from Hautot’s ...

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A look at River City Labs Accelerator’s first intake

Early last week, Brisbane co-working space River City Labs and Telstra-backed accelerator muru-D announced the first intake for their joint-funded “River City Labs Accelerator” program. As we discussed last time, the inaugural accelerator offers $20,000 seed capital in return for 3% equity, and ...

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Tipi targets software developers with Connect launch

Tipi HQ is all about data. Whether it’s the Brisbane startup’s flagship, tailored data analytics services, their new software development app Connect, or even, at a stretch, their video interview platform Instaview, the startup has a tangible passion for the extraction ...

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InstantContact targets eleven-year-old Gmail problem

Brisbane startup and ilab Germinate graduate InstantContact has launched a free version of their premier product, a “digital secretary” for Gmail. Currently operating as a Chrome extension, InstantContact finds and, in one click, updates Google Contact info such as names, phone ...

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Über Alles: On startups and the sharing economy

To borrow lyrics from Swedish supergroup ABBA, it is a Friday night, the lights are low and I am looking out for a place to go. In about 10 minutes Brett will let me, a complete stranger into his car ...

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Toowoomba startup sheds retail traditions

A Toowoomba startup looking to disrupt the relatively fixed state of shed retail has been accepted into ilab’s seventh Germinate round. Currently running in beta, ShedProject bucks retail traditions by providing buyers with the ability to post individual requirements such ...

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Creative³ Pitch spotlights creative startups

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) recently extended their deadline for the Creative³ Pitch (to today, so get applying now). As part of Australia’s premier conference for creative entrepreneurs, Creative³, the pitch presents a unique investment and networking opportunity for early stage ...

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