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Millennial investing platform INDX.GURU acquires US social investing platform ClosingBell

- December 6, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Sydney investing fintech INDX.GURU is acquiring US crowd-sourced markets insights platform ClosingBell to bridge the gap between American and Australian trades. The deal adds 50,000 users to the INDX.GURU platform. The cost of the deal was not disclosed. ClosingBell offers users quick insights into the financial markets by crowdsourcing stock recommendations from thousands of traders. It… Read more »

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Accounting client engagement software platform raises $69 million series C

- November 18, 2021 2 MIN READ

A Sydney client engagement platform for professional services companies has raised $US50 million ($A69m) in a Series C round. The raise for Practice Ignition was led by US-based JMI Equity, making its first Australian investment. Existing investors Tiger Global and EVP also backed the raise along with several strategic angel investors and family office groups.… Read more »

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That Startup Show is back to explore the metaverse and reboot the world

- November 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

 That Startup Show, the Melbourne-based webseries and podcast, returns for a new six-part season this Thursday, November 18. Series 3 is exploring the metaverse with the theme “reboot the world” from a virtual spaceship vibe for hosts tech journalist Rae Johnston and cultural commentator Benjamin Law. They’ll be talking to US businesswoman Randi Zuckerberg; UN Global… Read more »

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Bright Sparks: 5 events to light your spark this week

- October 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Spark Festival – Australia’s biggest event for founders, business owners and anyone looking to hustle their way out of Covid, hits its third and final week this week. The full program is massive, so to help you out we asked Spark Festival director Maxine Sherrin to pick out 5 things worth putting in the diary for the week ahead.… Read more »

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Australia’s competition boss is rallying global regulators to take on Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- August 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Rod Sims, chair of competition watchdog the ACCC, has told his colleagues around the world that the dominance of Apple and Google in app marketplaces may need to be tackled globally with new rules and regulations. In a speech to the Global Competition Review webinar outlining how Australia has been tackling the issue through the… Read more »

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Social media marketing startup Vamp names Gabriele Famous as its new CEO

- August 12, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Global influencer and content platform Vamp has put leading marketing exec Gabriele Famous into the CEO role. Former CEO Gill Findlay has moved to the startup’s boardroom alongside co-founders Ben McGrath and Aaron Brooks. The duo said they were thrilled with their new chief exec. “Her experience in high-growth companies is exactly what’s needed to… Read more »

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Cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee is dead

- June 24, 2021 3 MIN READ

Controversial antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has died. He was 75. McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Spain earlier today just hours after the nation’s high court approved his extradition to the US to face criminal tax evasion charges. Spanish police say there were attempts to revive the prisoner and they are… Read more »

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THE GIG’S UP: Fair Work Commission’s finds Deliveroo driver was unfairly dismissed because he was an employee, not a contractor

- May 19, 2021 4 MIN READ

The ruling by Australia’s Fair Work Commission that online food delivery platform Deliveroo unfairly dismissed driver Diego Franco marks a major shift in the Australian “gig” economy. What’s most significant is the commission has ruled Franco was, in fact, an employee of Deliveroo, not an independent contractor – the legal strategy platform companies use to… Read more »

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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- May 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

It’s Thursday and who knew buying an Xbox was a bargain? Here’s the news from around the world.   Trump’s Facebook comeback? While Facebook’s independent oversight board may have decided to back the company’s January suspension of former President Donald Trump from both Facebook and Instagram, they added that an indefinite suspension “was not appropriate”… Read more »