Schwab and Same were featured in last month’s BRW Young Rich list and are estimated to have a combined wealth of $49 million.
They have an impressive track record of investing in successful disrupter online marketplaces including Seek, Carsales and Menulog, the latter selling in June for $855 million. “Online marketplaces are the ideal disrupter,” Schwab said. “They bring together a huge number of diverse of buyers and sellers, nationally and globally, in an efficient manner. Seek, Menulog and Carsales are perfect examples.” “Turning an inefficient, expensive off-line marketplace, often a lazy monopoly, into an environment that makes it easy for people to transact.” The approximate $500,000 investment will be used to expand the artists on the site and invest in technology and a marketing campaign. Bluethumb already features an impressive array of artists including 2015 Archibald Prize finalist Kim Leutwyler, Waterhouse Prize finalist John Graham and 2014 National University Prize Winner Michael Carney. Bluethumb sell original art directly from Australian artists’ studios (there are over 1000) to buyers around the country. Unlike other online galleries, it’s an open platform so any artist can set up a gallery page and sell on their website and app. “We make it easier to be an artist,” co-founder and managing director Edward Hartley said. “Along with the exposure that comes with the hundreds of thousands of hits we get a month, we remove distractions by marketing our artists and arranging deliveries, leaving our artists to do what they do best.” Last week, Bluethumb launched a new website with improved user experience ahead of competing against 63 countries at the world championships for creative entrepreneurs, the Creative Business Cup. They will represent Australia from 17th to 19th November in Copenhagen after winning QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Creative3 Pitch, Australia’s only event dedicated to connecting creative industries’ ventures with investors.
Just over half (51 per cent) of professionals who have been working remotely do not yet feel safe and happy to return to their co-located workplace, according to a survey of more than 3,000 working professionals by recruiting experts Hays. Of these, Western Australians are the most confident, with 73 per cent of those who […]
Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute have launched their latest advertising campaign titled, Our Heroes, which is a celebration of the role their students play in the community. “Within a few short years, our students are building our houses, nursing our sick, fixing our cars, caring for our children and pets, designing our clothes – all […]
Following a period of sustained growth and client wins, B2B technology marketing consultancy, Splendid Suggestions, has laid some solid foundations to support the business through the next phase of growth. Off the back of a number of organic referrals from Australian–based clients sharing success with global counterparts, Splendid has recently appointed London-based Jess Littlewood (right, pictured), to lead the UK business and grow the new regional team. Of the appointment, Tim Sands, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Splendid says “Jess […]
VMG Digital, which creates bespoke, mobile-first video creative, optimised for social media platforms, today announces it has been appointed as a global Creative Marketing Partner for the TikTok Marketing Partner Program. Since launch in August 2020, the TikTok Marketing Partner Program gives brand marketers access to tools to create, measure and optimise ad campaigns on […]
Independent media agency MediaSmiths today announced the appointment of senior media executive and former insights lead for independent agencies and direct clients at Nova Entertainment, Natalie Murray, as a new Senior Account Planner/Buyer. Murray will be responsible for end-to-end management, planning and buying for several of the agency’s key clients, ensuring outcomes are delivered. She […]
IAB Australia today announced Playground xyz and Are Media (formerly Bauer Media) as the winners of its inaugural IAB Australia MeasureUp Awards. Selected by the members of the MFA Interactive Committee, the winners will present their research during the 4th Annual MeasureUp conference which begins today. Playground xyz was awarded Best Advertising Effectiveness for its […]
Stockland has partnered with Sydney-based presenter, stylist and author Jules Sebastian on a six-part Instagram TV recipe series – with episodes released monthly – in an effort to inspire customers to create healthy, easy-to-make meals from their kitchens at home. The series kicked off this month with an online demonstration from Jules on making the […]