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Startup Muster reveals AI, greentech, a 2nd job, home offices, older founders and impact are central to the Australian ecosystem

- October 31, 2023 5 MIN READ

The 2023 Startup Muster report reveals how central artificial intelligence (AI) and impact principles are important to founders and central to the Australian ecosystem. The startup “census”, last released in 2018, saw more than 1100 people, including nearly 600 founders, answer a range of questions – delivering 165,000 responses – about the state of play… Read more »


The NSW budget is bad news for startups – and a ‘blueprint’ is not what the sector needs right now

- September 25, 2023 8 MIN READ

Startups, technology, innovation, investment and modern manufacturing are no longer on the priority list in NSW. Technology, startups and the arts are esoteric areas of investment for the new NSW Labor government and will bear the brunt of cost cutting and budget savings in the years ahead as part of a drive to surplus. Among… Read more »

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How conservative corporate culture is holding back Australia’s startup sector

- May 5, 2023 4 MIN READ

The conservatism of Australian business profoundly shapes its startup industry from the way it supports young startups to the way it tears them down. Big business and the technology industry are focussed on boosting investment and talent to achieve growth and productivity. Our more elusive business culture should also be up for discussion.   This… Read more »

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Italy is going to ban lab-grown meat – here’s why that’s a bad move for sustainability

- April 18, 2023 4 MIN READ

Scientists recently created a meatball with the flesh of the long-extinct woolly mammoth. The meatball was the product of one of this century’s most promising technological advancements – cellular agriculture. Sometimes called “lab-grown meat,” the process involves growing animal products from animal cells in a controlled laboratory environment. The process eliminates many of the environmental,… Read more »

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Mammoth dreams: Why the future of lab-grown meat will more boring than exotic and wildly problematic

- April 11, 2023 3 MIN READ

Last week, an Australian “cultured meat” company called Vow made headlines with a meatball made from the flesh of a woolly mammoth – or something very much like it. Combining the technologies of lab-based cell culture and “de-extinction,” Vow scientists grew muscle proteins based on DNA sequences from the long-dead proboscideans. The meatball was not… Read more »

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Six months ago Dexter Cousins warned Australia’s tech talent bubble was about to burst too – his advice then is just as important now

- January 23, 2023 6 MIN READ

Editor’s note: This column was first published in July 2022. We republish it now amid widespread job cuts in tech because Dexter’s advice then is just as relevant now. Ask any founder their top three challenges, and talent is likely to feature amongst them. Record low unemployment, closed international borders, the great resignation, remote workers,… Read more »


Ignition Lane’s Great Big Annual Wrap

- December 20, 2022 4 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Tech Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world.  Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel every… Read more »