Ninefold Helps Travel Start-Up Find Its Way

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How Ninefold’s Cloud Booster Program is helping innovative companies start-out

so the fact that we get a break on our cloud hosting costs has really helped us out!

Ninefold®, the Australian public cloud computing company has helped many startups establish themselves this year. Many of these startups will challenge the established players in their respective markets. Travel company Arribaa is one such example.

Arribaa is a community marketplace that connects independent travellers to passionate locals, who are keen to show the unique trevel experiences of their home town. Founder Colette Grgic says it’s another example of how peer to peer communities are challenging the familiar unidirectional distribution channels of traditional retailing. The idea has taken off, with 160 percent growth for each of the last four months and 150 local experiences listed on the site, in more than 10 countries.

To get the business off the ground, Grgic sought mentoring from the PushStart community. She credits the PushStart mentors with helping her overcome the obstacles she would face launching a double-sided marketplace in the crowded vertical of travel. As a sponsor of PushStart, Ninefold offers startups like Arribaa free cloud through the Ninefold Cloud Booster Program.

“It’s expensive to acquire customers on both the supply and demand sides of the equation,” says Grgic, “so the fact that we get a break on our cloud hosting costs has really helped us out!”
Arribaa is not unique. Ninefold has helped over 55 startups through its Cloud Booster Program this year, across sectors as diverse as ecommerce, geo based marketing, education, hospitality, healthcare and social media.

Ninefold will extend its partnership with PushStart in 2013 enabling more startups to develop their businesses without having to worry about the costs associated with computing. “It’s an exciting program to be part of,” says Ninefold’s Peter James, Co-founder and Chairman. “One thing is clear. Aussies are never short of ideas and, with the help of the Ninefold’s Cloud Booster Program, next year will see many more of these concepts launched onto the world stage.”

Kim Heras, a co-founder of PushStart, agrees that 2013 will bring new opportunities. “Start-up’s are full of energy and promise. The only thing they lack is cash and experience. By teaming up with Ninefold we have been able to help businesses along with advice, whilst reducing the major expense of cloud hosting.”

Australian startups will be able to spread their wings further, too, next year, as Ninefold extends it’s cloud presence to the United States.

About PushStart
PushStart is a set of community-focused, mentor-driven activities to help Australian tech startups excel.Combining experienced startup mentors, seed funding and community events, we give local tech entrepreneurs help to start, grow & succeed.

The PushStart community is now over 2000 founders strong and has been a conduit for many of Australia's most exciting early stage ventures as they've moved from idea through to traction and beyond.

About Ninefold
Ninefold is Australian cloud computing and storage providing Australian and U.S. Availability Zones, free Australian support, self service flexibility and low latency. This allows you to provision virtual dedicated servers and cloud storage quickly - scaling up and down when needed – and only paying for the resources you use.

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Ninefold is a registered trademark.

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Dana Dobbie
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