Amanda Fay
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Startup advice marketplace The Pitch Portal has 1000 experts to turn to for advice

- January 7, 2022 4 MIN READ

Thousands of startup experts and consultants have signed up to offer flexibility on the billing or meet entrepreneurs ‘halfway’ in fee negotiations as part of a new online service investment marketplace, The Pitch Portal. Founder Amanda Fay launched the platform in the thick of last year’s Covid lockdowns, explaining that The Pitch Portal is both… Read more »

Jack Dorsey
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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey quits CEO role

- November 30, 2021 2 MIN READ

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has resigned as chief executive of the microblogging site after 16 years. The resignation was effective immediately. He was replaced by the company’s chief technology officer Parag Agrawal, who has been with the company for a decade and CTO since 2017. Dorsey will also leave the board when his term expires… Read more »

Chris Ridd
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Tech investor Chris Ridd signs on for BoardPro board urging startup founders to focus on governance

- November 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Former Xero executive and serial tech investor, Chris Ridd has joined the BoardPro board. The New Zealand software startup, founded in 2015 by Brett Herkt, helps companies improve their boardroom productivity and create better functioning boards with improved processes, workflows and guidance. Herkt, the startups’ CEO, developed BoardPro in partnership with leading independent directors and… Read more »

NIck Tate
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ACS has a new leader, with cybersecurity guru Nick Tate returning to the President role

- November 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

Members of ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, have chosen the Chair of the Council of ICT Associations, Nick Tate to replace Dr Ian Oppermann as National President when his two-year term ends next month. His election by the ACS Congress this week is the return of a prodigal son, with Tate previously… Read more »

Annie Parker
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Annie Parker is the new boss of Sydney’s Tech Central

- November 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Annie Parker, the former global head of Microsoft’s startup program, has been appointed executive director of Tech Central, the new innovation hub at Sydney’s Central railway station. Parker was selected for the role following an international search by the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC). The Commission also appointed Liza Noonan, leader of the CSIRO’s ON Accelerator… Read more »

Rob Hale
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Regional Australia Bank’s Rob Hale signs on as head of banking at TrueLayer

- November 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

Former Regional Australia Bank (RAB) chief digital officer Rob Hale has joined TrueLayer as the fintech’s Head of Banking. Hale, a banking technology expert, championed the Consumer Data Right (CDR) at RAB, helping make it the first Australian bank to be both a Data Holder and unrestricted Accredited Data Recipient. “It’s been great to be involved… Read more »

Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Atlassian boss Mike Cannon-Brookes takes a 25% stake in NRL team the South Sydney Rabbitohs

- November 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has joined actor Russell Crowe and fellow billionaire James Packer as an owner of the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. Cannon-Brookes has taken a one-third stake in Blackcourt League Investments, alongside Crowe and Packer. The business has owned 75% of the Rabbitohs, for the last five year. The club’s members… Read more »

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Former Westpac boss Brian Hartzer signs on as chair job skills analysis startup Reejig

- November 4, 2021 2 MIN READ

Former Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer has joined the board of AI-based workforce intelligence platform Reejig as chairman Hartzer is carving out a post-banking career in the startup sector. He’s also the chair of Sydney fintech Beforepay, and acts as a se senior advisor to Quantium and Sayers Group. The appointment comes less than a month… Read more »

Vicki Lyon
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Sophisticated Cocktail Co, the startup that keeps the drinks flowing in top shelf goon bags, turns one

- October 1, 2021 3 MIN READ

On this day 12 months ago, having survived Sydney’s initial lockdowns, cocktail lover Vicki Lyon launched her startup dream in a glass, except it came in her own upmarket version of the “goon bag”.  Her idea, Sophisticated Cocktail Co, produces a range of ready-to-drink cocktails, which has expanded in the past year to include a… Read more »

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Catalysr founder Usman Iftikhar honoured as Western Sydney’s Champion, with Atlassian’s co-founders named the city’s best in global business

- September 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

Catalyser founder Usman Iftikhar has been honoured as the Committee for Sydney’s inaugural Western Sydney Champion. The awards have been created to recognise people who make Sydney the greatest city in the world across six categories: Global Sydney Culture and Business, Western Sydney Champion, City Visionary, Emerging Leader, and Unsung Hero. Atlassian co-founders Scott Farquhar &… Read more »

Parent, baby
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Fintech Australia says the sector should set a minimum benchmark for paid parental leave of 12 weeks

- September 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

FinTech Australia has released an industry policy featuring guidance after consulting with the sector, setting out best practice for parental leave entitlements. The policy says employers should offer 12-week paid parental leave at full pay, including superannuation, with partners entitled to two weeks parental leave at full pay. Under the Fair Work Act, employees (including… Read more »

Damon Pezaro
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Finder gets its first CPO as it looks to ramp up its headcount by 50%

- September 8, 2021 2 MIN READ

Comparison website Finder has appointed its first Chief Product Officer, with product executive Damon Pezaro signing on from online lender, Prospa. Pezaro has been tasked with scaling Finder’s product vision and strategy internationally. His more than 20 years of experience includes being CPO at Domain Group. Finder co-founder and chief operating officer, Jeremy Cabral, said… Read more »

Hichame Assi
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Envato is building out its New Zealand presence

- September 4, 2021 2 MIN READ

Melbourne tech company Envato’s global ambitions are continuing under new CEO Hichame Assi with a New Zealand base being established. The online marketplace business now has 17 staff working remotely across Aotearoa, amid plans to up Envato’s global headcount to more than 100 staff over the next 12 months. Hichame Assi said the company expects… Read more »

Rebekah Campbell

Serial entrepreneur Rebekah Campbell reveals what it’s like talking to potential Silicon Valley VC investors

- September 3, 2021 9 MIN READ

Serial entrepreneur Rebekah Campbell seemed to be living her best life. She founded But the one project she hadn’t built to minimum viable product was a life partner and family. In fact, she hadn’t been on a date for 10 years.  So she decided to apply her experience in building startups to finding Mr… Read more »