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5 things you should know about tech today

- May 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Wednesday, team. Here are some things we’ve noticed to share with you   1. Google reboots offices Some Googlers will be getting out their best t-shirts to return to the office on July 6. CEO Sundar Pichai said returning to work will remain optional for the rest of 2020 in a blog post to… Read more »

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BRIGHT SPOT: How Simul tackles the Microsoft finalV79546.doc problem of teams working remotely

- May 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

As companies were suddenly forced into remote working, there was a massive surge in demand for collaboration software to help employees collaborate when not physically together. There was plenty of emphasis on video conferencing tools like Zoom, which recently revealed it now has 300 million daily meeting participants, but what about when you actually need… Read more »

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8 life skills you need to succeed in business

- May 26, 2020 4 MIN READ

One of the good things about being in business is that no one expects you to say sorry. The default mantra when delivering disappointing news is practised recital of that catch all phrase, business is business. This mantra is a window into other characteristics of successful people. Below are 8 traits, whilst needed to succeed… Read more »

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Afterpay’s share price just topped $50

- May 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

The astonishing resurrection of Afterpay’s share price after falling below $10 just two months ago continued today with the buy-now-pay-later fintech’s share price briefly topping $50 in morning trade today. Afterpay (ASX: APT) closed at a new record high on Monday of $49, having announced that interim chair Elana Rubin will step into the role,… Read more »

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Investment group Sydney Angels just gave 3 startups a $2.4 million boost

- May 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

Sydney Angels, the 100-plus member investment group backing early stage startups, has sent a strong signal to founders with good ideas, announcing $2.4 million in total investment across three tech startups. The three ventures are: Trendspek, a Sydney software ventures that converts drone footage of critical infrastructure that’s difficult to inspect for maintenance, such as… Read more »

Opinion

How paying for a ‘gap year’ for young people to work in startups is a better bang for taxpayer bucks after Jobkeeper

- May 25, 2020 4 MIN READ

If we want the best bang for our economic stimulus buck, we need young workers in startups  As we crawl towards our new definition of ‘normal’, one thing that’s become clear is that ‘recovery’ from COVID-19 isn’t a single goal; it’s a thousand small wins we will need to reach at different speeds.  Despite the… Read more »

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CHARTS: Global startup funding in the post-coronavirus era fell hard, but is already showing regrowth

- May 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Venture capital (VC) funding for startups has fallen by around 20% since December 2019 as the covid-19 pandemic smashed the global economy, but the impact is unevenly distributed according to new research from Startup Genome. The California-based analytics firm’s latest report into global startup funding, the first in a series its planning looking at the… Read more »

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QUANTUM LEAP: CSIRO predicts a new tech sector will generate $4 billion annually within 20 years

- May 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

The quantum technology sector could be worth more than $4 billion annually and create 16,000 jobs by 2040, according to a report by CSIRO. The Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry report sees potential in everything from national security to mineral exploration, drug and materials development, and communications from spin offs resulting from quantum physics developments.… Read more »

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5 things you should know about tech today

- May 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

G’day team, it’s Friday and just as you’re allowed out, it starts to rain.. And here’s what’s going on.   1.  Apple comes to CovidSafe’s rescue Remember the problems for iPhone users with the Australian government’s contact tracing app, CovidSafe? It was all about the Bluetooth – the detection device in the app – not working… Read more »

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An Adelaide startup has found a way to mimic tropical timbers using wood waste

- May 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

An Australian company that has developed technology to turn wood waste into timber that looks and performs like 100-year-old tropical hardwood has entered an agreement with Bosch to globalise the product. Based in Adelaide and Melbourne, 3RT has spent six years developing its world-first technology in collaboration with Flinders University in South Australia, launching its… Read more »

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Expenses startup Expense Mate is helping companies cut costs by sharing the savings with employees

- May 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

One of the biggest issues companies face when on a cost cutting drive is getting employees on board with the plan, but a recently launched Sydney startup, Expense Mate is hoping to change that by rewarding staff for helping make savings. Founder Cemlyn Jones said the software platform, which launched in early February, was initially… Read more »

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The Australian government’s ‘tech investment roadmap’ is out and it’s all about energy

- May 21, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Morrison Government released the eagerly anticipated discussion paper for the Technology Investment Roadmap overnight, with the 74-page paper, prepared by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, focused on climate change, emissions reduction and energy sources. The paper’s name is somewhat misleading for the broader startups sector, with the goal of the plan… Read more »

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Adelaide’s new genomics centre it taking the R&D medtech battle to cancer and wine

- May 20, 2020 3 MIN READ

Scientists will focus on genes to improve cancer treatments and make better wine at a new $7 million research centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Interim scientific director Professor David Lynn said the state-of-the-art South Australian Genomics Centre would open in July to advance the state’s increasingly important work studying the genes that make up animals,… Read more »

Opinion

When 70% of Australians said they’d download the CovidSafe app, why did only 44% of them do it?

- May 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour. But a more recent survey, following the release of COVIDSafe, revealed only 44% of respondents had downloaded it. The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app aims… Read more »