10 Australian Jobs that Will Not Exist by 2030

The dynamics of the volatile job market are going through continuous changes. The advent of technology could replace a significant percentage of current manpower requirements – turning today’s highly skilled individuals into unnecessary surplus. If a report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is to be believed, then almost 40% of Australian jobs may not exist in another 10 years. That’s an alarming prospect, which could have a huge repercussion on the country’s workforce.

Another recent study by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) revealed that almost 60% of the country’s young generation is pursuing career courses in areas that are likely to undergo complete automation in next 10 to 15 years.

Let’s take a look at 10 Australian jobs that are unlikely to exist beyond 2025. If you are looking to build a career in one of those fields, then it’s time to think again.

  • Postal Couriers

    delivery, mail, people and shipment concept – man in red uniform with parcel boxes in corridor at customer door

While the boom in the online retail industry will continue to support the need for parcel delivery, traditional postman or postwoman delivering letters to your doorstep is hard to imagine in 2025.

People are increasingly communicating through various technology modes like mobile phones, video calls and emails. Reputed companies have already ditched paper statements in favour of email/SMS services. With the trend of writing letters turning out to be a dying art, there would be no need for people to use postal services anymore. Continue reading “10 Australian Jobs that Will Not Exist by 2030”

Outsourcing App Development to Overseas – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Outsourcing app development to overseas companies is getting a lot of attention these days. Because of the easy access, the availability of free communication methods such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, sometimes you may think outsourcing software projects to overseas companies is a good approach. But let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly sides of outsourcing app development to offshore companies.

The Good

The main benefit that you get from outsourcing a project to an overseas company is the apparent initial cost savings. Outsourcing development to an offshore company could be a good solution if you already have an in-depth technical understanding of the project and its underlying architecture. If you have already managed technical Projects successfully in the past, worked remotely across multiple time zones, have an existing relationship with a genuine overseas company, understands the cultural, communication and timezone barriers, you may be able to get these cost savings.

However, does this benefit actually overshadow the risks if this is your first project? Continue reading “Outsourcing App Development to Overseas – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

17 Australian Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Crushing It

Entrepreneurship was once considered the domain of men. But as in other fields, women have broken the glass ceiling in this area as well and have climbed the corporate ladder to beat the men at their own game.

Although even today the total percentage of women entrepreneurs is still less than 35% as compared to the men, there has been a rise in women leaders worldwide. In Australia itself, there are many female entrepreneurs who are inspiring young women world over with their dedication towards work and knowledge of the industry as they hold influential positions in the corporate world.

  • Katie Page

With a long 17 year career as Chief Executive of Harvey Norman Holdings, Katie Page has also been referred to as the mastermind behind the success of her company’s empire. She manages a network of 200 stores while also acting as the director of the Retail Council.

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Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors

In the world of start-ups and mobile applications, Shark Tank has been a bright and positive spot for the potential entrepreneurs. Here are some of the most famous Shark Tank apps and Shark Tank success stories to keep you inspired!

How often do we enjoy the selfies clicked on our smartphones? But don’t we all wish to store our pictures in conventional albums?

With the help of Groovebook, people could click pictures on their smartphones and upload them on the app to be printed into an album and delivered at their doorstep. The founders, Julie and Brian Whiteman, got quite the deal with this app idea on Shark Tank. Continue reading “Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors”

Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups

For anyone who has ever worked on a startup business knows the value of getting appropriate funding. This is possibly one of the hardest tasks in this process.

But all thanks to the Australian government, the startups in the land down under are well-funded by a number of Australian government grants. This starts right from the idea development and research aspects to the ideal development and marketing.

  1. Research and Development Tax Initiative

This grant, as the name suggests, caters to the research end of the startup. This can provide you tax relief for up to 45%. The main aim of this grant is to promote the thinking and innovative mind into coming up with well-researched startup ideas. Continue reading “Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups”

GDPR Australia – How Does GDPR Affect Australian Apps, Software and Services?

The scope of the (General Data Protection Regulation) GDPR is broad and Australian businesses can be caught by surprise. Here’s what it means for the Australian businesses how you can prepare for it.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation introduced in the European Union (EU) and has become enforceable since 25 May 2018. GDPR mainly addresses how companies should capture, process and store user information, and gives more rights to users to safeguard the use of their personal data. Though this is an EU law, it does have a global impact.

This new law is a replacement for a set of guidelines previously set in 1995. That was the Data Protection Directive. Unlike the previous directive, which was a set of guidelines, which companies may or may not follow – the new regulation is a law, which companies must follow. Failure to abide by the new law can enforce significant fines for the companies.

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The Rise of The Everything App – Apps that Do Everything

With the recent buzz about ASX listed companies building “everything apps”, we thought of giving some insight into how the emerging platform economy works. If you’re thinking of building an app that does everything, you don’t need an ASX listed company, but you need a strong partner who understands technology and systems integration.

Do you want to be able to book a taxi using your social media accounts? Or else what about navigating yourself inside a shopping mall you are not familiar while using a retail app? Or what about being able to book your air tickets while using the Airbnb app?

This is what everyone is searching for in an age of multitasking and tight deadlines and schedules. Users have less spare time to switch between several apps to find the information they need. Have you ever imaged how easy life would be if multiple apps can communicate with each-other seamlessly?

This post will discuss the importance of having such a platform and the methods you could use to develop one.

Let us look at probably the best example: WeChat. WeChat is one of the most popular App in Asia, specifically in China. There are five (5) main features on WeChat which if taken separately, could be equal to five separate Apps altogether.

  • The ‘WeChat Shake’ feature is similar to a social media or dating site where you could chat with a random person who also is looking for someone to chat.
  • ‘Moment’ is another feature where you capture and post images of certain important events in your life. It is a mix of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Thirdly, there is the ‘WeChat Payments’ feature which allows its users to pay bills, transfer money etc.
  • ‘Gaming’ is another major feature which is available for its users. It consists of 2D and 3D experiences.
  • Finally, the ‘Go Dutch’ feature enables its users to calculate the math in case the restaurant bill needs to be split among several people. There is no need to use the old calculator or do it manually, WeChat will do it for you.

The above example was used to highlight the fact that it is definitely possible to integrate a variety of services into one single platform. Let us look at some hypothetical scenarios.

Imagine you have developed an App where you could search for a variety of retail shops so that you could select the shop which is closest to you and offers the best price for the shirt, dress or shoes you want to purchase. However, imagine how much more value you could offer through your platform if you could integrate the below services and functions:

  • Add Friends, Post Photos and Comments – These features are similar to what is found on Facebook or Twitter but it will be limited to a smaller group of people which is a good thing since Facebook and Twitter are open to larger audiences. You would only want your closest family and friends in this group and by you posting a photo of the shirt, dress or shoes you are planning on purchasing, you could get their recommendation. You could even go to the relevant shop, fit it on and then post an image to obtain your closest friends’ feedback and comments prior to making a decision.
  • GPS Navigation – If you travel to an unknown Suburb or State and want to do some shopping, how would you navigate yourself (outdoors and indoors: within a shopping center)? However, if you have GPS navigation in-built or integrated with Google, it will make your life easier. You do not have to use another app to navigate yourself to the relevant shop. You could select the shop you want to visit and use the directions it provides as well.
  • Book a Taxi or Order Food – The existing platform could be integrated with Taxi companies so that you could easily book yourselves a taxi to get to the relevant shop which takes away the hassle of browsing through many websites to find a contact number of a Taxi company. Further, if you want to get some take away food on your way home, you could order it from the restaurants that are registered within the App.

There can be many more features that could be added or integrated into a simple platform thus, paving the way for a great concept. Initially, Facebook only had limited features such as uploading photos, uploading videos, ability to comment etc but over a period of time, they added features such as messenger which is now mainly used to send private messages. They also added in the ‘calling’ feature where users could call each other. Another important feature included was the ‘payment’ feature where users could transfer money within the platform itself.

The next most important question is, ‘How can we integrate and develop all these features at once and what will be the cost involved?’

For the above question, the answer depends on your time, budget and the available skills of your team.

Yes, it is possible to develop any feature in an App and integrate the services to one particular platform such as ‘WeChat’. Unless they’re an ASX listed company, or have a lot of venture funding to back them, we often consult to develop one feature at a time.

The agile methods which we use to develop our Apps enable us as the developer to add any new feature enhancements that are needed for the App. Therefore, we could initially launch the App to the market with the basic features as the first version and then any new feature could be added later on. This involves integrating with third party service providers as well. For example, if you require your app to be integrated with the API of a taxi company so that users are able to enjoy the services of the Taxi company alongside those offered by your app, we could help facilitate this.

Still thinking of building your own “everything app”, that integrates with many fast-growing services like Uber and Airbnb? Contact us for a free strategy consultation to see how we can position your idea for success.

7 Essential Productivity Hacks for Startup Founders

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

Productivity is a key ingredient startup founders need to have both in their organization’s processes and employees. Productivity is measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input. Let us look at 7 Productivity Hacks startup founders can utilize in order for their businesses to be successful.

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8 Apps Surprisingly Valued Over $10 Million

The amount of revenue one could earn from an App is unlimited. It is similar to managing a Company, with the correct strategy in place whether it be Operational or Marketing, the revenue is limitless.

Just think of the net worth of Apps such as WhatsApp (USD 9.7 billion), Facebook (USD 71.5 billion), Instagram (USD 1.48 billion) and Twitter (USD 10 billion). All the above-mentioned Apps, did not possess the net worth overnight. It involved strategic planning which differentiated from its competitors and positioned itself with a competitive edge to capture the market share. It is important that focus is given not only to planning but also to the execution of the plan and it is of utmost importance that reviews are done periodically in order to understand the current position and determine the way forward.

There are many Apps which are developed on a daily basis addressing the needs in the market but this article will highlight a few Apps which have made headlines by being valued over USD 10 million while having the strangest of ideas.

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