News & Analysis

‘Don’t @#$% the Planet’: Atlassian co-opts its famed motto for climate change

- September 3, 2019 2 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founders and co-CEOs Mike Cannon-Brooke and Scott Farquhar. Australian software giant Atlassian will give staff a day’s paid leave later this month if they want to take part in a global climate strike being organised by student activists. Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Nasdaq-listed startup’s co-founder and co-CEO has also enlisted the company’s famed motto: “Don’t… Read more »

Opinion

Marketing is not magic: the real secret to the global growth of fintech unicorn TransferWise

- September 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

TransferWise Vice President of Growth Nilan Peiris had one major not-so-secret to the $3.5 billion company’s growth to reveal at the recent launch of Intersekt in Melbourne. Customer evangelism drives growth. In real terms: over 80% of their customers use TransferWise’s service after hearing about it from a friend. TransferWise now has over 5 million… Read more »

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Parking app Parkable raises NZ$4.6 million 

- September 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

Parkable CEO, Toby Littin, and Spark Future of Connectivity Lead, Renee Mataparae Auckland-based parking app Parkable has raised NZ$4.6 million in a Series A round, valuing the business at NZ$36 million. The raise was led by Kiwi telco Spark, with some prominent local investors joining for the first time, including Trade Me co-founder Rowan Simpson,… Read more »

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Fishburners is now a big banana in Coffs Harbour

- August 30, 2019 1 MIN READ

The country’s largest startup coworking nextwork, Fishburners, has begun its regional rollout, launching in Coffs Harbour – home of the Big Banana – on the NSW mid-north coast. The Fishburners presence is virtual in a partnership with the local council entity 6 Degrees. The Coffs Harbour hub gives local founders the same benefits as physical… Read more »

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A Navy veteran has won the ACS’s $5000 indigenous scholarship

- August 30, 2019 1 MIN READ

  The 2020 Australian Computer Society’s indigenous IT student scholarship has been awarded to Warren Faulkner from the Northern Territory. The $5,000 ACS scholarship supports and showcases Indigenous achievement in information technology studies. Faulkner began a Bachelor of Information Technology course at Charles Darwin University in 2017 after 24 years in the tech industry, including… Read more »

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Canberra-based tech veteran Intelledox sells after posting 50% growth

- August 29, 2019 2 MIN READ

Intelledox co-founders Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne. Photo: supplied If you’ve ever completed an online application form, chances are you’re already familiar with Intelledox. The Canberra-based venture was a pioneer in business process automation and has remained a market leader entrepreneur, Michelle Melbourne, and her husband Phillip Williamson, founded the tech startup in 1991.  Their… Read more »

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3 things Australia’s most active angel investor does to succeed

- August 28, 2019 2 MIN READ

Bill Grierson is the best-known startup investor you’ve never heard of, although last year he was recognised as the country’s most active angel investor in Techboard’s Australian Angel Awards. Grierson earned the accolade with 22 investments in 16 companies in 2018. Four were new deal investments, with the remainder follow-ons. Over the past five years,… Read more »

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The region’s biggest agrifood tech event is looking for startups to pitch at it

- August 27, 2019 2 MIN READ

  The Asia Pacific’s largest agrifood tech event, evokeAG, is coming to Melbourne next February and lifting its startups game with four agrifood tech startups being given the chance to will pitch directly to an invitation-only investor dinner, alongside room for 40 startups to showcase their wares. evokeAG, 18-19 February, 2020, at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition… Read more »