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Business strategy

Helen Tozer’s resignation from the OpenAI board is a warning to startup directors about the dangers of capital colliding with good intentions

- December 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Australian tech has lost its director on the board of OpenAI after Helen Toner resigned from her position at the Artificial Intelligence juggernaut. While she cited fulfilling her role requirements as the reason for her departure, specific details or reasons for her resignation were not disclosed, leaving the decision somewhat unclear. The whole episode has… Read more »


Here are the winners of the Pause Awards

- December 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

The sixth annual Pause Awards were held in Melbourne, recognising Australia’s most ambitious and innovative startups and tech companies for their innovation and financial success. There were 63 finalists across five category tracks – Growth, Excellence, Operators, Good, and Culture – and 32 winners, predominantly from Victoria and NSW in sectors ranging from health, to financial… Read more »

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Here are the 12 deep tech startups CSIRO chose for its latest ON Accelerate program

- December 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Science agency CSIRO has announced the 12 planned deep-tech startups selected for its ON Accelerate program in 2024. The ideas span everything from global health challenges to sustainability through circularity, and advanced manufacturing. The ON program gives university researchers access to a network of industry experts and investors, to help them refine and validate their… Read more »


Blackbird backs generative AI startup Leonardo.Ai in $47 million raise

- December 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

A generative AI content production platform that has created more than 700 million images, and trained more than 470,000 custom generative AI models, since launching a year ago has raised $47 million, The next level version of OpenAi’s DALL-E, Leonardo.Ai was backed by Blackbird, Side Stage Ventures, Smash Capital, TIRTA Ventures, Gaorong Capital and Samsung… Read more »

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Business strategy

A fractional solution: how tech companies are engaging the talent they need in new, smarter ways

- December 6, 2023 4 MIN READ

Australia’s startup ecosystem is maturing. We’re nearing the milestones of home grown VC funds like Blackbird reaching a decade of investing and AirTree investing in 100 companies. As a result, we’ve built a healthy roster of founders and operators with more than a few notches in their belts.  Ready to expand into leadership roles but… Read more »

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Venture Capital

Is there a bit of nark and envy creeping into Australian venture when it comes to Blackbird?

- December 5, 2023 3 MIN READ

It seems all is not rainbows and unicorns in Australian venture capital. A bit of the green-eyed monster is emerging against market leader Blackbird Ventures, according to today’s AFR. The business paper has been talking to “industry sources”, anonymous founders and VC figures who won’t go on the record because they “need to eat”, painting… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

AI-powered content creation startup TalkingBrands is offering its MVP to test for free

- December 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

An artificial intelligence-powered startup that helps business leaders turn their ideas into content has launched with users able to test the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of for free. Cofounder Tom Finnigan, who previously managed PR at AusCyber and Stone & Chalk, developed to take away the fear people have when it comes to… Read more »

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Chris Vein, CEO of ACS, is stepping down

- December 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

Chris Vein, the self-confessed American “Australophile” and former White House, and World Bank executive who became CEO of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) following its most turbulent period, is stepping down after 18 months in the role. ACS announced it “regrets” that Vein will retire at the end of the year for personal/health reasons.  “As… Read more »

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AI/Machine Learning

The fight at OpenAI is a reminder that we need to take a closer look at whether AI developers can regulate themselves

- December 5, 2023 3 MIN READ

OpenAI, developer of ChatGPT and a leading innovator in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), was recently thrown into turmoil when its chief-executive and figurehead, Sam Altman, was fired. As it was revealed that he would be joining Microsoft’s advanced AI research team, more than 730 OpenAI employees threatened to quit. Finally, it was announced… Read more »

Tanck cofounders Neil Pharaoh and Angus Crowther. Photo: Rory Parker
Other tech

This startup is the ‘secret weapon’ community organisations need to deal with governments

- December 4, 2023 2 MIN READ

Tanck is a startup described as a ‘secret weapon’ for NFPs and social sector organisations when it comes to government relations and engagement. Founded in 2020 by Angus Crowther and Neil Pharaoh, Tanck is a small team of political gurus who share their political knowledge and experience with organisations who want to change the world… Read more »