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Financial advisers are backing a crowdfunding campaign for an $11 million independent ratings startup

- July 5, 2019 3 MIN READ

Adviser Ratings CEO Mark Hoven and MD and co-founder Angus Woods. Source: supplied Sydney-based independent financial advice rating and data startup Adviser Ratings has turned to crowdfunding as it seeks to respond the banking royal commission’s findings into conflicts of interest in the sector. The Series A raise through equity crowdfunding platform Birchal launched publicly… Read more »

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PHOTOS: Hub Australia’s new co-working space in Melbourne’s first skyscraper

- July 3, 2019 2 MIN READ

Privately-owned co-working provider Hub Australia has opened its third Melbourne CBD space, Hub Parliament Station in Orica (formerly ICI) House on Nicholson Street. The 19-storey 1958 office tower was Australia’s first skyscraper. The Hub space is spread across three levels (16, 17 and 18) covering 2,757 square metres. Hub Parliament Station can fit more than… Read more »

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A data analytics startup using social media to find security threats just raised $4 million from the CSIRO

- July 3, 2019 2 MIN READ

Who’s who at Fivecast: Ross Buglak, VP Product Development; CEO Dr Brenton Cooper; Duane Rivett, VP Commercial; Dave Blockow, VP Engineering. Photo: Ben Searcy.  South Australian data analytics company  Fivecast has raised $4 million from the CSIRO’s Innovation Fund, Main Sequence Ventures, and the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, to expand globally. The Adelaide startup… Read more »

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How property data analysts CoreLogic use AI to keep their staff happy

- July 1, 2019 1 MIN READ

The robots are not coming for your job, according to Sarah Edwards, client operations head at property data company CoreLogic. Instead, they’re freeing up workers to do more interesting things. CoreLogic has been introducing robotics to automate simple and repetitive tasks and Edwards says it’s delivered efficiencies for both customers and staff. “Our goal has… Read more »

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A uni-backed startup with a hydration booster for professional athletes just raised $1 million

- June 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

A new range of hydration-boosting drinks developed at an Adelaide university startup, already popular with professional cyclists, has just raised more than $950,000 in a pre-Series A round. Preserve Health Pty Ltd, Flinders University spin-out company, raised the funds for PREPD, a two-step hydration-enhancer designed to boost the absorption of sports drinks and water to… Read more »

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CSIRO scientists have developed a ‘vaccine’ against attacks on AI

- June 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Researchers from Data61, the CSIRO’s data and digital specialist arm, have developed techniques they claim will effectively ‘vaccinate’ algorithms against adversarial attack, meaning it will prevent malevolent actors from hijacking  machine learning. Dr Richard Nock, Data61 machine learning group leader, explained that algorithms ‘learn’ from the data they are trained on to create a… Read more »

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The 10 skills most in demand in Australia right now according to LinkedIn

- June 26, 2019 3 MIN READ

Workplace networking site LinkedIn has released its take on workplace education and training today claiming nearly a third (29%) of Australian employees quit a job due to insufficient access to learning and development to upskill. The Future of Skills 2019 Report, says there is a critical gap between the learning and development (L&D) opportunities employees… Read more »

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Fintech hub Stone & Chalk is opening in Adelaide

- June 25, 2019 2 MIN READ

Stone & Chalk CEO Alex Scandurra  Fintech innovation hub Stone & Chalk is setting up shop in Adelaide in partnership with the South Australian Government Stone & Chalk will be the anchor tenant and startup hub operator at Lot Fourteen, the massive and ambitious innovation precinct on the seven-hectare former Royal Adelaide Hospital site. With… Read more »

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Paul Little’s seed round fund, Skalata Ventures, has made its first investments, including F1 engineers using driving simulators to make roads safer

- June 24, 2019 3 MIN READ

Skalata Ventures chairman Paul Little with the fund’s COO Maxine Lee and CEO Rohan Workman Melbourne billionaire Paul Little’s new seed investment firm, Skalata Ventures, has revealed the first 10 of the 60 startups it plans to invest in over the next three years. The former Toll Holdings boss set up the fund this year… Read more »