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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- May 11, 2021 2 MIN READ
Screenshot from Gravity Industries of a Royal Marine wearing the tech startup's jet suit in navy exercises.

Welcome to Budget Day!

Here’s what we’ve spotted in tech from around the world.

Pedalling backwards

Covid craze bike business Peloton dropped its Q3 earnings late last week, and the numbers are impressive, with Q3 total revenue up 141% to US$1.2 billion, digital subscriptions rising 404% to around 891,000 for the quarter and total members grew topping 5.4 million.

There’s just one problem. The shares hit a record high of US$170 to start the year and have been on the slide since, dropping as low as $82 last week, to wipe more than $25 billion from the company’s market cap.

Afterpay shareholders must know how that feels too. The stock (ASX: APT) peaked at a new record of A$160 in early February, then headed south since. Today $APT is off more than 6% to $92.27.

The BNPL’s not alone on that front, with Australian tech stocks hitting a 2-month low today, following the Nasdaq down. The S&P/ASX 200 IT sub-index (AXIJ) has now fallen around 12% this year a larger plunge than the ASX 200 (AXJO) drop of 8.9%.

Babel’s $40m series A

Hong Kong-based crypto financial services firm Babel Finance has raised US$40 million in a series A. The round was led by Zoo Capital, Sequoia Capital China, Dragonfly Capital, BAI Capital and Bertelsmann, and Tiger Global Management – the NY hedge fund’s first Asian crypto investment – with follow-on participation from existing investors.

The 3-year-old fintech is one of the world’s largest crypto derivative players with a monthly trading volume of US$8 billion.

Co-founder Del Wang said the company was investing heavily in global compliance, including applying for licenses in North America, Europe and Asia, with channel partnerships and selected M&As all part of the growth plans.

 

Turnbull’s cyber bet

Former PM and Hunter Valley farmer Malcolm Turnbull has chipped into another cybersecurity startup, as part of a US$10 million in Series A.

London-based Cado Security, co-founded by a former Australian Signals Directorate officer, allows IT security teams to see threats in cloud environments and investigate and respond to breaches.

Turnbull has also joined the company’s board of advisers.

 

Iron man soldiers

UK-based Gravity Industries, which produces jet packs to make people fly, recently released a video of British Royal Marines using the tech to launch from high-speed RIBs and land aboard a Royal Navy patrol ship as an advance party.

The clips show three “pilots” flying over the water to land aboard the ship, then dropping a ladder down for an exercise in boarding the vessel, which the company said were part of three days of trials

The experimental jet suit has the propulsion of the arms, so the need to do a bit more work on the shoulder-mounted rocket launchers to return fire on whomever they’re boarding, but the clip shows one marine pulling out his gun once he lands.

Watch below

 

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