The list of Uber’s enemies is a long one. It includes everyone from politicians to taxi lobbyists and the general public to its own drivers. I have been saying on quite a regular basis in the last couple of months that a war is brewing in the transport market.
The Government’s announcement this week of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda gives me little comfort that a thriving tech / startup scene in Australia is a genuine national imperative. This is deeply concerning because Australia is missing out on a prime opportunity to diversify its economy from mining and primary industry to a more knowledge based economy rooted in tech.
The stringent tax rules relating to employee share programmes is finally meeting its timely demise, a win for the Australian startup community. The Abbott government has today confirmed that it will introduce a $200 million tax break for employee share schemes, invest $188.5 million into innovation centres, and amend the 457 visa programme, as part of a $400 million industry plan.
Crowd Sourced Equity Funding (CSEF) provides opportunity, it stimulates growth and most importantly it democratises finances.
Unsafe working environments, precarious employment and lack of respect for worker’s rights are some of reasons Australian workers are participating in today’s global protests against mining giant Rio Tinto. It’s understandable that Rio Tinto wants to keep its operations lean and maximise profits, but it is doing so at the cost of their employees’ livelihood and health.
Last nights episode of Q and A was focused on the topic of mental health.
All was going quite smoothly until a question was asked to Bob Katter about mental health and the LGBTQI community.
Even with at least half the crowd being elated and excited, it couldn’t save Australia’s top public official from being on the receiving end of the very obvious, very unanimous, boo’s from the crowd
The teams that were accepted into the GRIFFIN accelerator presented to investors in Sydney’s ATP Innovations on Tuesday, as well as Canberra’s Capital Angels on Wednesday, and is said to have generated “substantial investor interest”. Across the two venues, teams received 46 expressions of interest, excluding the additional contacts made during post-pitch networking.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy recently published the following infographic that explains exactly how the IS funds its criminal activities. As an organisation, IS is estimated to be worth over $2 billion after acquiring (/robbing) the central bank of Mosul in Iraq and is estimated to generate $2 million a day selling crude oil on the black market.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recently released a report called Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, setting out recommendations to strengthen people’s privacy in the digital environment, including to give victims of serious invasions of digital privacy the right to sue.
Like many other Australians, Tony Simpson, a NSW Southern Highlands-based entrepreneur, is frustrated that our government pay such little attention to what we articulate online, let alone act upon our suggestions. This is why he created LobbyCrowd – an online platform that combines traditional political lobbying with modern crowdsourcing.
The timing of the current Senate Inquiry into the Australian Innovation System highlights some glaring shortcomings in Australia’s approach to and understanding of innovation. The reporting date, by July 2015, could well mean that any recommendations miss the next Australian budget.
If Ai Weiwei is right in calling surveillance a threat to ‘civilised society’, technology developers have not only an economic, but a moral incentive to innovate.
Last week, Ian MacFarlane, the Minister for Industry, launched the 2014 Global Innovation Index (GII) report. This report ranks 143 states on 81 indices, which are broken into five ‘innovation inputs’ and two ‘innovation outputs’ categories. Overall, Australia ranked 17th, up two places from last year.