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- November 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Hello and happy Monday! Only one more sleep until the Reserve Bank decision that stops the nation.   1.  Jodie Fox talks about the Shoes of Prey collapse Jodie Fox has written a book about her experience in the wake of the failure of her high profile startup, Shoes of Prey. Reboot: Probably More Than You… Read more »

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This co-working space for women is seeking $2.5 million from crowdfunding

- November 1, 2019 2 MIN READ

Emma Startup, Dee Behan and Oonagh Geoghegan hope crowdfunding will back a women’s co-working space.  A co-working space for women, especially working mums, that will offer an onsite creche; women-focused amenities; and corporate packages designed to help businesses attract female talent is seeking $2.5 million in equity crowdfunding to try and launch in Sydney. Frankly… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- October 31, 2019 2 MIN READ

Startup founders at CEBIT   Happy Halloween! If you’re looking to scare investors, apparently an Adam Neumann costume is Silicon Valley’s go to for 2019.   1. A social media watershed moment?  https://twitter.com/jack/status/1189634360472829952 Twitter’s boss, Jack Dorsey, just errr, trumped Mark Zuckerberg.  More on that here.   2.  North Korean hackers put malware on a PC… Read more »

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Martech Rokt gives early investors some exit with a $70 million raise

- October 31, 2019 2 MIN READ

Tom Cowan and Bruce Buchanan Rokt, the seven-year-old e-commerce marketing startup has raised US$48 million (AU$70m) in series C, led by local investment firm TDM Growth Partners. The funds will used to accelerate R&D, as well as giving early investors the chance to realise some of their investment without co-founder and CEO Bruce Buchanan heading to… Read more »

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Twitter is banning political advertising

- October 31, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Twitter will ban political advertising globally from next month, with founder and CEO Jack Dorsey arguing that the current regime has “significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle”. We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- October 30, 2019 3 MIN READ

Sydney’s Central railway station as Atlassianstan. Artist’s impression: Urban Growth NSW.   Happy Wednesday everybody. Hello from the startup pitch fest at CEBIT Australia in Sydney. We’ll bring you the results tomorrow   1. Who wants to spend $17 a month on Apple AirPods? To paraphrase Robin Williams, Apple products are god’s way of saying… Read more »

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One of the most famous names in Australian music just backed live gig app Muso in a $1.5 million seed round

- October 29, 2019 3 MIN READ

Muso co-founders Alan-Jin, Brandon Crimmins and Jeremiah Siemianow. Photo: supplied Muso, an online marketplace app for emerging musicians find live gigs, and help venues recruit new talent has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The support came from Investible a new impact investment fund Alberts Impact Capital, created by the legendary music publishing business Alberts (who… Read more »

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Australians spent up to $1 billion on Netflix last year, but it cost the streaming startup very little in tax

- October 28, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

A Netflix subscription costs between $120 and $240 a year. But when you buy one in Australia, paid in Australian dollars, for the Netflix Australia service, the seller is actually a Dutch-based subsidiary of the US-listed global streaming giant. The money goes straight to the Netherlands, which may partly explain why the company paid just… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- October 28, 2019 2 MIN READ

Hello and welcome to Monday. Here’s how the week starts.   1. Behind the Faraday Grid implosion Faraday Grid, a Scottish energy tech startup led by former ACCI board member and Australian economist Andrew Scobie, blew up in August, just months after WeWork’s ousted founder, Adam Neumann, put US$30 million (AU$44m) into it, valuing the… Read more »

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Founders respond to the Senate’s fintech and regtech issues paper

- October 25, 2019 5 MIN READ

Liven co-founder Grace Wong The Australian Senate’s Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology released an issues paper  this week ahead of its inquiry into the sector. The committee will look at the size and scope of the opportunity for Australian consumers and business arising from financial technology (fintech) and regulatory technology (regtech); barriers… Read more »

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Australian Computer Society members just voted to make their association a company

- October 25, 2019 2 MIN READ

ACS members have voted to become a company in major overhaul of the organisation’s governance. The association for Australia’s technology profession held a Special General Meeting to vote on the changes today with 75.1% of eligible voting members backing the plan to move to change the governance  and the organisation’s name to the ‘Australian Computer… Read more »

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This Australian movie startup wants to join the streaming ‘arms race’ with low budget films

- October 25, 2019 2 MIN READ

Geoff Moore, Tony Nikolakopoulos and Jay Grant from Reel House Productions. Movies sell a certain magic – a champagne for the eyes, yet for the most part the industry is more 4-litre cask wine. An Australian film production company Reel House Productions believes there’s still a fortune to be made making films as streaming services invest… Read more »