ClassPass, a fitness class booking company, can be found in 39 cities around the world. It has generated more than 30 million class reservations since Payal Kadakia founded the company in 2013. One year later, it raised a big round of financing at a $US350 million post-money valuation. ________________ @businessinsider
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Technology is rapidly evolving, causing a significant skills gap. The demand for skills is insatiable and is growing. There is a shortage of skilled digital talent with over 250,000 hybrid jobs unfilled in 2015. Traditional #education models are not able to support this growth. _______________ Listen to Big Time Startups @itunes @iheartradioau @stitcherradio _________________ I came across @academy_xi at an event last year, a STEAM pop-up at the @sparkfestivalau in #Sydney . I reached out and was directed to the co-founders, Charbel and Ben. What struck me immediately is that they are both intelligent guys. Then that they are genuinely doing something. Rather than all the ‘startup’ hype, bravado and talk. Academy Xi provides short, practical and skill specific courses for people or companies to upgrade their capabilities in design and innovation. We’ve delivered a number of custom team training packages, as well as inspiring, modular short courses for individuals. As I was preparing this to all go live, Charbel also told me that they are just heading into a Series A funding round. Very exciting! This comes as no surprise as the company did over $1,000,000 in its first year. They share their journey so far and this will be an interesting to keep following as it is all about to really ramp up for these guys The Problem – The technology gap in learning The Solution – User Experience Design, Startups, Service Design, Innovation, Team training, Events, Design thinking, and Lean startup training Take Aways from this Episode making a scaleable platform in education Form and develop alliances & partnerships Setting good foundations to the build Best Advice – Focus on One thing Biggest Success – validating the platform with customers What is Innovation? – tangible feelling of engagement for students
@fixit_app is a great startup story out of Sydney _________________ Listen to Big Time Startups @itunes @iheartradioau _________________ This is an app and a platform that allows users to report problems- like a broken light- which in turn is sent through and the problem gets fixed💡 That is the short version....
Apps Fam raises $1.8 million for its iMessage-based group video chat app The iMessage App Store may have its struggles, but one app aimed at bringing group video chat into the iMessage experience is reportedly taking off. Boston-based Smack, the company behind the video chat app called Fam, has raised $1.8 million in funding from a range of investors for its Top 25 Social Networking app on the App Store that allows groups to chat with one another via iMessage with just a few taps. The funding closed back in December, but Smack is only now announcing the details, ahead of a new app release aimed at improving Fam’s design and performance.
Fixit, @fixit_app - One solution for millions of problems. Manage problems and find a solution with just a few clicks. A platform where anyone can report a problem and it gets fixed. __________________ Listen on @itunes @stitcherradio @iheartradioau _________________________ I can only urge you to follow this startup journey. Matt & Sebastian are a perfect example of a startup story. Already they are now getting nationwide coverage. It is straight out of the startup playbook. You can learn a ton as Matt & Sebastian go through their launch with this great product.
Elon Musk has promised to solve ongoing power problems in the state of South Australia by committing to build a 100MW battery storage farm, and promising that if he couldn’t provide the system within 100 days, he would give it to the state for free. 👍👏🆘💡⚡️ The Tesla CEO made the promise on Twitter, replying to Atlassian CEO and Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. The conversation came after similar remarks from Lyndon Rive, Tesla’s vice president for energy products, who said earlier in the week that his company would commit to solving South Australia’s energy issues with 100 to 300 megawatt-hours of battery storage. Like Musk, Rive said Tesla could install the required batteries within 100 days. "We don't have 300MWh sitting there ready to go,” he said, “but I'll make sure there are.”
Melbourne energy tech startup teams up with federal government to launch “world first” digital marketplace _________________ #green #energy ☀️🌱💚🇦🇺 Founder Dr Phil Blythe #startupaus ____________________ Melbourne energy tech startup Greensync has teamed up with the federal government’s agency for renewable energy to launch a digital marketplace that will allow everyday solar energy consumers to connect and trade their assets in a power grid. The Decentralised Energy Exchange, nicknamed “deX”, is a co-funded $930,200 project, which came about through a workshop with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). With $450,000 in funding support from ARENA, GreenSync developed the marketplace using open-source software.
Startups generating jobs in regional Australia 🇦🇺 __________________ @startupmuster @365cupsdotcom @abcnews _____________________ Nearly a quarter of Australian start-up business are founded outside of capital cities, according to a new report from Universities Australia and Startup Muster. The report indicated that start-ups (typically a newly emerging, entrepreneurial venture) are projected to create more than half a million jobs across Australia over the coming decades, and that much of the burgeoning start up economy is already in regional Australia. More than 20 per cent of Australian founders work in regional Australia. "I think we were really surprised at those numbers," said Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson. "But what it does suggest is that regional economies … not only need, but are going to be quite well supported by, regionally-based start-up companies," she said. Startup Muster surveys the Australian start-up ecosystem annually, and founder Monica Wulff said growth was trending towards the regions.
Interactive, team-building musical instrument helps kids learn Musicon is a new music instrument that works like a barrel organ, allowing children to create endless variations of melody and rhythm, alone and in teams. 🇵🇱👍🎹🎼 _____________________ @musiconclub @springwiseinnovations _____________________ Already an award-winning design, Musicon was created specifically to help children’s psychosocial and cognitive development through the wonder of music. The first version was the company CEO’s graduate thesis project. Musicon is now on Kickstarter and recently received the accolade of becoming Montessori school approved. Shaped like a barrel organ, a Musicon contains three instruments (a xylophone, percussive mill and drums) at the top of the barrel that are played by pressing a variety of buttons on the body of the instrument. #music #education #edtech
Reposting @echostudioinsta: Creativity is intelligence having fun. - Albert Einstein Whenever you embark on any kind of creative project, remember to be as free and uncritical as possible. Most ideas get shutdown within minutes of their conception either by our own self-critics or because we shared them with people who "wish us well" or "want us to be safe". While generally well-intentioned, sharing your ideas at their most vulnerable stage of inception can do much more harm then good. @sarablakely , founder of Spanx, covers this well in her interview with @altucher . However I'd add: If you believe you're overly self-critical, find a friend or someone who would only push you to see your idea through: i.e. Provide solely positive input. On the other hand, if you already believe in your idea, don't share it with anyone until you've invested yourself enough that negative emotions or feedback from your loved ones wouldn't affect your trajectory to success: i.e. Prep yourself for negative input. Remember, creativity is intelligence having FUN! So let loose! 👨🎤🕺👩🎤 📷 @hellotoyko @popcultureinpictures #creativity #fun #knowledge #ideas #spanx #startupaus #entrepreneurship #grind #lifestyle #startuplife #life #hustle #advice #motivational #work #nextgen #startups #instadaily #startupdaily #podcast #tips #bigtime
Drone successfully delivers anti-venom to remote Amazon communities WeRobotics carried out successful tests to deliver snake bite anti-venom to remote Amazonian communities in 35 minutes compared to the the 6 hour boat ride usually required. 🇵🇪🇺🇸👍🐍🚁 ___________________ @werobotics @springwiseinnovations ___________________ Aerial drones (or UAVs) are capable of rapid deployment over terrain that’s challenging for conventional transport, and we’ve seen how they’re being used in diverse emergency situations such as natural disaster mapping and food aid delivery. Now WeRobotics are harnessing drones to deliver emergency snake bite anti-venom to remote Amzonian communities. In collaboration with their local offshoot, Peru Flying Labs and the Ministry of Health in Peru, WeRobotics modified a relatively inexpensive (USD 3000) terrain-mapping UAV to carry a cold pack containing anti-venom. The UAV successfully carried out two flights, following pre-programmed flights using GPS guidance, carrying the cargo between Contamana and Pampa Hermosa, a remote Amazonian village usually only accessible by boat requiring a 6-hour travel time. The UAV delivery took only 35 minutes to complete the journey, and successfully returned a blood sample back to base intact. WeRobotics are planning further tests looking at delivering across greater distances. What other services could UAVs deliver to hard-to-access communities? #peru #drone #uav
3D printed, smart, modular home is fully powered by solar ☀️☀️☀️🇺🇦🇺🇦 PassivDom is a Ukrainian startup that has designed a fully autonomous house, requiring no plumbing or pipes and that generates its own electricity and power. Thx @springwiseinnovations A completely passive building, requiring no external structures like foundations, plumbing and water tanks, the PassivDom zero carbon emission, autonomous home is 3D printed in modules. Using proprietary window technology that eliminates nearly all heat loss, the windows are almost as warm as walls, allowing the home to be flooded with light, whatever the weather or climate. Solar panels provide all energy needs, with extra capacity stored in a battery. The modular design allows the home to be built in a variety of sizes and shapes, and its carbon and fiber glass frame makes it strong yet lightweight. A PassivDom home can be set up in one day and comes equipped with all furnishings and appliances for immediate move-in. Every appliance in the home is connected to the Internet of Things and is controlled via the owner’s smartphone. This allows the home to not only run extremely efficiently, it learns the habits and preferences of residents as time goes by, allowing for increasingly smart functioning across the entire building. Modular design is helping citizens around the world make more of limited space, which is particularly useful as urban dwelling continues to increase. A mechatronic, dynamic furniture design doubles the live-work space in these homes. And another example of mobile living making beautiful, sustainable design more accessible are these smart, square homes that allow owners to sell excess power back to the grid. Are property laws now in need of an urgent update to better accommodate the variety of new mobile living options?