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Brigade raises $9m James Windon at SydStart 2014

A social network truly for the people by the people? Sean Parker is renown for being a cofounder of Facebook and being played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network movie about the world’s largest social network – Facebook – which Parker co-founded. But some of his less well known projects also have mega impact. So it…

Sydney Startup Cognea Acquired By IBM

Liesl Capper and John Zakos cofounders of Cognea (formerly MyCyberTwin) has sold their business for an undisclosed sum to IBM, specifically the IBM Watson group focused on cognitive intelligence and virtual assistants with synthetic speech amongst other capabilities. The founders both studied at Griffith University and have worked on their business in Sydney, Brisbane and San…

AngelList Ash Fontana at SydStart 2014

  We are pleased to announce Ash Fontana from AngelList  will speak at SydStart 2014. Angel list is one of the the largest early stage fund raising platform in the world in terms of coverage and liquidity. Their growth has been simply mind boggling and Angel List are literally revolutionising the industry. Background profile points…

StartupVitamins to sponsor SydStart

We are pleased to announce that ‘inspiration company’ Startup Vitamins of California is going to be a product sponsor SydStart 2014. Founded on the principle that startup founders are uniquely in need of motivation from their role models, Start Vitamins provides quotes from famous tech startup founders on posters and cups and t-shirts. Their founder Lauris Liberts…

Dan Friedman from NinjaBlocks Speaking At SydStart 2014

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Friedman CEO of NinjaBlocks will speak at SydStart 2014. NinjaBlocks has been one of Australia’s most successful technology startups to utilise Kickstarter as a means of raising pre-order funding for their growth and development of new products including Spheramid (Ninja Sphere) and the original Ninja Blocks and other…

NinjaBlocks raises $702K on Kickstarter for Spheramid

Sydney startup NinjaBlocks run by SydStart alumni Dan Friedman has raised 6 times their target on Kickstarter. A campaign run over the Christmas and New Year period raised $702,937 after setting out to raise $115,000 for their new home information and automation control device they call the Spheramid. ‘Control of your environment’ is their mission…

WattCost Wins International Awards

Sydney based startup WattCost has topped off an award winning streak with a prestigious international eco award for their smart home and business power optimisation system which targets time poor consumers looking for an easy to use and widely compatible service. The CleanTech Top 300 global and Top 10 Asia Pacific award adds significant credibility…

Freelancer Heads Towards $1b – New Role Model for Startups and Marketplaces

Regular SydStart supporter and people’s choice ‘Best Speaker’ Matt Barrie listed his company Freelancer.com on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday. With champagne flowing it was clear that this was not a typical IPO from a solo founder with just one other major shareholder. Firstly the sheer energy in the room was remarkable, young, smart,…

Zookal has now raised $2.1m

Friends of SydStart – education platform startup Zookal – have now raised a total of $2.1m over three rounds. Zookal has moved into the booming tech startup zone nick named Silicon St in Sydney’s Ultimo/Pyrmont area not far from where we met them in the very very early stages of their idea just a few short years…

SydStart Finalist RecruitLoop Raises $500K

RecruitLoop the recruitment marketplace was amongst the top firms to pitch at the second last SydStart (Sept 2012) event. They recently raised $500K from angel investors and VCs. They also rocked the USA during a recent tour including opening an office, hiring a bunch of people in San Francisco, getting love from Jason that led to global…

Video: Ash Fontana of Angel List speaks at SydStart

We are finally getting around to posting all the videos from our massive recent live event SydStart  (which is now part of the GreatStart Co. series). Angel list is the largest early stage fund raising platform in the world. Their growth has been simply mind boggling and Angel List are literally revolutionising the industry. Ash…