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The startup sector responds to a scathing report into the fraught R&D Tax Incentive

- December 13, 2019 4 MIN READ

  Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has recommended a suite of reforms to how the beleaguered Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) in a report released yesterday. The program has caused alarm in the startup sector since the government announced changes to it in the 2018 Budget, looking to save $2.9… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- December 12, 2019 3 MIN READ

It’s Thursday. And Redbubble’s probably looking forward to the weekend more than most.   1.  Bubble bursts Just seven weeks ago, ASX-listed online marketplace Redbubble (ASX: RBL), which sells t-shirts, mugs and art by independent artists, was on a high, announcing a 37% revenue jump  for Q1 FY20, and massive turnaround in its profitability on 12… Read more »

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The Australian government is cracking down on Facebook and Google

- December 12, 2019 4 MIN READ

Image: Jurassic World, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment The Morrison government’s response to the ACCC’s concerns about the market power of Google and Facebook include $27m to the competition watchdog to boost monitoring and enforcement against the tech giants A voluntary code of practice, overseen by the ACCC, to address bargaining power imbalances between the tech companies… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- December 11, 2019 4 MIN READ

Hello Wednesday. 1. Cloud concern Surveys, for the most part, are how a company’s marketing department finds something to say when they have nothing to say, but when this analysis from British commercial property experts Savoystewart.co.uk landed, looking at how business thinks about cloud computing, it did have us going woah… It surveyed 6,000 professionals… Read more »

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Xero adds NAB to its platform to help businesses pay their bills

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Accountancy software venture Xero has integrated accounts payable functions on its platform with Australia’s largest business bank in move the company is calling a game-changer. Australian businesses using Xero that have NAB internet banking will be able to instruct multiple bill payments at a time through Xero and approve their bill payments anytime, anywhere, directly… Read more »

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A former Goldman Sachs banker is crowdfunding his agtech startup to help the world’s poorest farmers

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

A former Goldman Sachs banker is hoping to could change the lives of two billion of the world’s poorest people, subsistence farmers and fishers, with an app. Brisbane entrepreneur David Davies created the app as part of his philanthropic impact startup, AgUnity. He calls it a “last mile” solution for poverty-stricken communities, involving an affordable… Read more »

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Heston Blumenthal and Mike Cannon-Brookes back a mushroom ‘meat’ startup by Shoes of Prey co-founder Michael Fox

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Entrepreneur Michael Fox, co-founder of Shoes of Prey, is back with a new venture producing vegetarian “pulled pork” and “beef brisket” made from shiitake mushrooms that’s captured the imagination of one of the world’s best chefs, Heston Blumenthal.  Blumenthal, whose UK restaurant, The Fat Duck, was declared the world’s best, also has Dinner by Heston… Read more »

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Chinese investors back $45 million fund for South Australian biotech

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Emerging South Australian biotechnologies will be accelerated through a Chinese-backed AU$45 million investment fund aimed at commercialising health research for the global market. The Adelaide China Biotech Investment Fund is backed by a group of private investors based in Nanjing, China. The group is led by Mr An LuFan, Executive Director of D&R Pharmaceuticals, one… Read more »

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Goldman Sachs backs $70 million series B for Sydney cybersecurity startup Secure Code Warrior

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Global cybersecurity startup Secure Code Warrior has raised US$48 million (AU$70m) in Series B funding in a round led by US investment bank Goldman Sachs. A number of US investors, including the investment arm of IT multinational Cisco and ForgePoint Capital also joined the round alongside existing backers AirTree Ventures and Paladin Capital Group, who… Read more »

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Tyro is offering term deposits to business

- December 10, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

SME business lender Tyro, has decided to build the other side of its ledger following its successful float on the ASX last Friday, announcing a pilot offering term deposits for Australian businesses.  The fintech became the country’s newest unicorn when it listed (ASX: TYR) at $2.75 a share, giving it a market cap of more than… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- December 10, 2019 3 MIN READ

“Babe, do you think they had Pelotons in Gilead?” Source: Peloton   Hello Tuesday. At least we think it’s you. Hard to tell through the smoke haze.   1.  Hit the road, Jack Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is off to live in Africa for six months next year, impressed by the region’s burgeoning startup community.… Read more »

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Billionaires backed a brand new healthtech startup using AI to predict IVF pregnancies in a $29 million debut raise

- December 9, 2019 3 MIN READ

Brothers Dr Aengus Tran, and Dimitry Tran (pictured), who only launched Harrison.ai, their artificial intelligence healthcare startup, last year, have landed $29 million on debut in one of 2019’s most impressive capital raises. The round was led by Blackbird Ventures, with Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s VC firm Horizons Ventures joining in alongside Skip Capital,… Read more »

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ASX-listed health data analytics startup ShareRoot rebrands as Opyl

- December 9, 2019 2 MIN READ

A new code for an old SaaS brand hits the ASX today when the ShareRoot (ASX:SRO) brand retires, replaced by Opyl Ltd (ASX:OPL). Melbourne-based Opyl uses AI-assisted tech to help biopharma and health organisations collect and analyse clinical health data and user-generated content, including from wearables, apps and social media, to better understand and improve healthcare… Read more »