Menulog co-founder launches new startup FoodByUs with $2 million in funding to bring the sharing economy to home cooking - StartupSmart. The co-founder of Menulog and two experienced Australian entrepreneurs have teamed up to launch a new startup after receiving $2 million in funding to develop the idea.
FoodByUs is a sharing economy platform connecting home cooks with members of the community – think Foodora or Deliveroo but with your neighbour cooking the food instead of a restaurant. The FoodByUs platform allows vetted home cooks to list their food on a platform, with users then selected what they want and either collecting it or getting it delivered. The startup takes a 20% cut from every transaction made on the platform. Combining the sharing economy and home cooking The Sydney-based startup is the brainchild of Menulog co-founder Gary Munitz, former Menulog lead developer Tim Chandler and Flipsters co-founder Ben Lipschitz.
High-tech transport: Australia's travel and ride-sharing apps. Uber finally looks set to get the green light in more Australian cities, but it isn't the only transport app in town.
Australians are quick to jump behind the wheel when we need to go somewhere, but new technology has brought with it new ways to get around town. Untamed urban sprawl has made us very dependent on our cars – not helped by government policies which favour building roads over investing in public transport, as well as spiralling house prices pushing us further from the city. How a new business model helped this startup raise $1 million - StartupSmart. A Melbourne crowdfunding platform for socially conscious projects has raised more than $1 million in seed funding after incorporating a new legal structure into its business model.
Since launching in 2013, Chuffed has facilitated more than $7 million in donations for social projects on its platform, CEO Prashan Paramanathan says. “What we’re trying to do is transform how fundraising gets done, from being annoying people on the street to an engaging experience that people actually want to be part of,” Paramanathan tells StartupSmart. But this is where the charity model hit its limits, he says. “Philanthropic funds are helpful for getting you from zero to $5 million – people love funding new, innovative things,” he says. “But the funds start drying up in getting you from $5 million to $50 million, and they’re non-existent above that.”
After rolling out across Europe, US and UK last year, Paramanathan realised they needed equity to help them further accelerate global impact. Is the on-demand economy dying? Startup with $17 million in funding collapses: Four lessons for your business - StartupSmart. Earlier this week a US-based on-demand delivery service startup that had secured $US13.5 million in funding shut down suddenly.
SpoonRocket announced on its blog that due to an increasingly competitive market and an inability to raise the necessary funds to keep afloat, it would be closing operations immediately. “We continued to face intense competitors like Sprig and an ever tightening funding environment,” the blog post says. The rise of restaurant delivery platforms: Should your business get on board? - SmartCompany. The days of patrons walking down to their local restaurant to pick up a takeaway order could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the increasing popularity of on-demand food delivery services.
Late last year, global food delivery service Deliveroo muscled into the Australian market with millions of dollars in new funding to join the ranks of existing operators including Menulog and Suppertime. All these companies allow customers to purchase meals online and have them delivered to their door, all within a few clicks. Technology giant Uber is also eyeing off a slice of the market, with its food delivery service UberEATS launching in Melbourne in the next few weeks. It will be the first time UberEATS has operated outside the United States, proving Australians are literally hungry for a delicious meal delivered straight to their door. The local on-demand food delivery market is a lucrative one, if recent deals in the sector are anything to go by. Renaissance Florence Was a Better Model for Innovation than Silicon Valley Is.
Urban planners the world over yearn to replicate the success of Silicon Valley: witness Thames Valley (England) and Silicon Oasis (Dubai), to name just two of these attempts.
Invariably, these well-intentioned efforts fail for the simple reason that they’re trying to replicate the wrong model. Silicon Valley is too new, too now, to glean lessons from. Those hoping to launch the world’s next great innovation hub would be better off looking to an older, even more remarkable genius cluster: Renaissance Florence. The Italian city-state produced an explosion of great art and brilliant ideas, the likes of which the world has not seen before or since. This hothouse of innovation offers lessons as relevant and valuable today as they were 500 years ago. Talent needs patronage. Sharing economy lands at Sydney and Brisbane airports with DriveMyCar. In a move that will drive the sharing economy further into the mainstream, car rental industry disruptor DriveMyCar has today announced the expansion of its service to Sydney and Brisbane international airports.
Since 2010, DriveMyCar, the nation’s largest peer-to-peer car rental platform has allowed users to rent personal cars from other users. The new service will allow local and international travellers to pick up and drop off cars at a convenient location without having to pay the airport premium charged by traditional car rental companies such as Avis, Thrifty and Europcar, to name a few. Idea & Innovation Management Software. A future path for Foxtel. BY ON 4 November 2015 506 views 5 min read Samuel Tait discusses the state of the television industry and suggests a future path for disrupted pay TV giant Foxtel.
“When attractive profits disappear at one stage in the value chain because a product becomes modular and commoditized, the opportunity to earn attractive profits with proprietary products will usually emerge at an adjacent stage. That is, the location in the value chain where attractive profits can be earned shifts in a predictable way over time.”– ‘The law of conservation of attractive profits’, Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Solution We are seeing a breakdown of the traditional pay TV value chain due to evolving market dynamics. The current business model is unsustainable due to increased competition, disintermediation and changing viewing behaviours. Evolving market dynamics. Untitled. FST Media: What is your vision for The Garage, in terms of helping Westpac think and act like a startup?
Gray: Westpac is Australia’s first company and we are 200 years old in 2017. Our new CEO, Brian Hartzer, coined this mantra of how we need to start to think and act like a 200-year-old startup. My vision for The Garage is to foster that sense of entrepreneurialism within a 37,000 strong 200-year-old bank. FST Media: What are your key priorities in the next 12 to 18 months? Theconversation. Senior entrepreneurs are Australia’s fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs, despite facing significant barriers including ageism and a lack of financial support, according to new research from the Swinburne University of Technology and Queensland University of Technology.
The research, funded by National Seniors Australia, studied more than 400 seniors through interviews, focus groups and online surveys. Key findings include: 34% of all young firms in Australia are now led by seniorpreneursThe average age of seniorpreneurs is 57Seniorpreneurs work about five fewer hours than younger entrepreneurs each week and have almost double the industry experience. Hardware As A Service: Tile Finds A Way To Keep Making Money. Tile cofounder and CEO Mike Farley sat down with me Tuesday afternoon at our e2e Conference to talk about hardware innovation. Michael Rosenbaum explores the potential of space. Spacer, the latest venture from Deals Direct co-founder Michael Rosenbaum, has launched, with $1 million of funding from angel investors. Growth - Sharing economy only just getting going, says Airtasker’s Tim Fung.
Australia will soon see a much more diverse and expansive sharing economy as more people begin to embrace two-way marketplaces, Airtasker CEO Tim Fung says. The sharing economy, championed by the likes of startup giants Uber and Airbnb, will soon hit the mainstream, he says. Leadership - Implanted mobile phones and 3D printed cars: Report forecasts tech tipping points. In the very near future there will only be two types of companies: software companies, and those that don’t know they’re a software company yet, according to Sendle CEO James Moody.
Moody is the co-author of a new World Economic Forum report focusing on fast-approaching technological tipping points and how these will impact on society. Software is the “golden thread” that ties it all together, he says. “Don’t let the rich, famous bozos drag you down”: Guy Kawasaki’s 13 top tips for business success. As an investor and former “chief evangelist” for Apple, Guy Kawasaki knows a thing or two about what it takes to build a successful company. Speaking at the Wired for Wonder event in Melbourne last month, Kawasaki said entrepreneurs must focus on getting the nuts and bolts right before trying to build a multi-billion dollar company. Why major brands and startups are joining the ‘collaborative economy’: Q&A with Rachel Botsman. The 3 angles of disruption. Instead of giving in to fear and dread, writes Scott Thomson, leading companies embrace and sponsor disruption, whether it comes from above, below… or within.
Growth - What does the future hold for the “sharing economy”? The sharing economy could bring about the end of capitalism: that’s the provocative claim made by economic journalist Paul Mason, among others. But my ongoing research indicates that there are many possible futures for the sharing economy: it could transform the world of work as we know it – or it could gradually fade from the public eye. The exact nature and impacts of the sharing economy are still disputed. How to start a... - The SaaS Fundraising Death Zone. Infographic: The Circular Economy. 23 July 2015 4069 views 4 min read.
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