Opinion

Is a 4-day working week possible in a tech-driven world?

- January 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

  It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of a four-day work week, but the reality is most Australians are not likely to experience this anytime soon.  It’s been nearly 40 years since the 38-hour working week was first legislated in Australia, however it is estimated that only 36% of Australians work a traditional… Read more »

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How virtual reality can lead the way in remote health care

- January 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy involves conducting “face-to-face” sessions in a virtual environment. This mode of treatment could make counselling more accessible to those living and… Read more »

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ETHICAL INVESTING: Now more than just ‘nice to have’ for startups

- January 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

Warby Parker co-CEOs Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa. Founders get their startup inspiration from all kinds of places.  You may be trying to solve a problem you’ve faced in your corporate life, tackle an environmental or social problem facing our world, spied a gap in the market as a consumer or have a passion that you want to leave the corporate hamster wheel to pursue.  Solving one of your own pain points is an extremely common source… Read more »

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How Australia can lead the electric vehicle revolution

- January 9, 2020 3 MIN READ

2020 will be year of electric car according to automotive analysts and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has, this week, confirmed that with the launch of numerous electric vehicles from Ford, Nissan, Ariya and Fiat and Mercedes-Benz to name a few.  While the rest of the world seems to be surging ahead with its embrace… Read more »

Opinion

3 ways to robot-proof your career

- January 8, 2020 5 MIN READ

“Machines will be capable, within twenty years, of doing any work a man can do” – Herbert Simon (1965). As a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI), people ask me about the ‘robot revolution’, often with serious misgivings about how the future could look for themselves or their children. Considering the hype surrounding AI, automation and… Read more »

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Xinja boss Eric Wilson looks back on this year’s highs and lows in building a new bank

- December 19, 2019 5 MIN READ

It’s been a massive year for Xinja, the Sydney-based independent, 100% digital neobank. In September, Xinja received its full banking license and opened to customers. In this guest post from Chief Executive and Founder, Eric Wilson, he looks back on the year, candidly shares where things went wrong and outlines what’s to come.  The 3 best… Read more »

Opinion

VENTURE DEBT: Friend or foe for startup founders?

- December 13, 2019 3 MIN READ

  A growing number of start-ups are accessing venture debt to fund the growth of their business. With the primary appeal of limiting equity dilution, it’s easy to see why founders might jump on board the venture debt train. But venture debt has been linked to a number of collapsing startups both here and in… Read more »

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Why the government response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is less than ‘world-leading’

- December 13, 2019 4 MIN READ

On Thursday the federal government responded to the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) “world-leading” Digital Platforms Inquiry. The response, however, is a less-than world-leading roadmap for reform. Few dispute the ACCC’s inquiry was ground breaking, as it held to account tech giants including Google and Facebook, and the power they wield… Read more »

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Shebah’s CEO declares safety the key battleground for rideshare startups

- December 12, 2019 3 MIN READ

The next battleground in the disruption of transport will be arguably its most important – safety. Uber has recently been refused a new licence to operate in London by UK capital’s transport authorities which cited breaches placing “passengers and their safety at risk”. This comes after it controversially released a new safety measure allowing riders… Read more »