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- December 3, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Welcome to Tuesday. It’s now 3 weeks to Christmas. Here’s what’s happening in tech.   1.  Paul Bassat’s Square Peg backs offshore fintech Melbourne VC firm Square Peg Capital has made its first big international bet in a Singapore fintech, less than a year after raising a record AU$340 million fund with global ambitions.… Read more »

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- November 29, 2019 4 MIN READ

  1.  Stirring, not shaken Massive congrats to Yarra Valley gin distillery Four Pillars (that’s the team pictured above), which has just been named International Gin Producer of the Year at the 50th Annual International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Startups come in many shapes and forms. This one launched in 2013, co-founded by three… Read more »

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- November 28, 2019 5 MIN READ

Well hello, you big Belmont boy. Photo: CSIRO.   Hello Thursday. How’s your world?   1.  Prospa boss says sorry Prospa chair Gail Pemberton has apologised to shareholders at the fintech’s first AGM as an ASX-listed company this week. Last week, the SME business lender, which listed on June 11 at $3.78 a share, announced… Read more »

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- November 26, 2019 3 MIN READ

Happy Tuesday Here’s what’s been happening 1. Ali G reckons Facebook et al can out-propaganda Goebbels  Satirist actor Sacha Baron Cohen, of Ali G fame, let rip at Facebook, and other internet giants, including Google, Twitter and YouTube, accusing them of being “the greatest propaganda machine in history” and allowing the spread of hate and violence,… Read more »

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- November 22, 2019 4 MIN READ

    Good morning from StartCon, where former PM Malcolm Turnbull’s about to deliver the keynote on getting our innovation mojo back.  Let’s get cracking for Friday. Hope to see you here.   1.  Westpac bugged We’re confess to feeling queasy about today’s column, with two stories featuring links to paedophilia. How did we get… Read more »

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- November 21, 2019 3 MIN READ

The Dexus Brainwaves art installation in North Sydney.   Hello Thursday. One more sleep to StartCon. Let’s do this.   1. Meet your neighbours on Nextdoor This week’s episode of our new podcast, The Problem Solved, is up. We spoke to Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor, the social media network that connects local neighbourhoods. Friar has… Read more »

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- November 15, 2019 3 MIN READ

Just remember Sylvia and Gerry Anderson had a woman based on the moon by 1999 back in the mid-70s. Image: Space 1999. Got that Friday feeling? Remember it’s just 39 sleeps to Christmas. 1.  WeWork’s death predicted  WeWork’s rapid expansion included how much money it’s losing, with The New York Times reporting the company’s losses were… Read more »

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- November 13, 2019 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Wednesday. Hope you’re feeling well. If not, try shouting “Hey Google, what’s wrong with me” and if they know. 1. Google is collecting US health data  The search giant is using the data of up to 50 million Americans from US non-profit health company Ascension as part of what it calls “Project Nightingale.” The… Read more »

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- November 12, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Hello Tuesday. Thoughts and fingers crossed.   1.  The climate change startup accelerator Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes is among those who’ve thrown their support behind a new Startmate accelerator for startups tackling climate change. They’re looking for 10 ventures and offering up to $75,000 for a 7.5% stake in each one. A bunch of VC… Read more »

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- November 8, 2019 3 MIN READ

  It’s Friday and major stuff’s happening. Like. 1. Airbnb will audit houses after Vice exposed a massive scam After 11 years in business, a US$35 valuation and hopes for an IPO, the normally aloof house sharing platform Airbnb is actually going to take more than a casual glance at what’s going on with the… Read more »

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- November 7, 2019 3 MIN READ

An artist’s impression of the good ship Zuckerburg right now. It’s only Thursday and we’ve just read NBC and with one more sleep to TGIF, right now we’re OMFG. But not surprised.   1. Facebook leaks and it’s not pretty Mark Zuckerberg tied to leverage Facebook user data as a bargaining chip leaked company documents… Read more »

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- November 6, 2019 3 MIN READ

The HealthMatch team.   Welcome to Wednesday. Here are the latest tech tales.   1.  Blockchain buff John McAfee is heading to StartCon The fecund US entrepreneur, who founded the cybersecurity software company that still bears his name (he parted ways with it 25 years ago) is heading to Sydney for StartCon, Nov 22-23, to talk… Read more »

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- November 5, 2019 3 MIN READ

Hello and happy Tuesday. Behave if you’re at Flemington.   1.  The race that stops the nation’s conversation Startup Daily has been to the Melbourne Cup. It should be on everyone’s bucket list, like the Boxing Day test, feeding the fish on Lord Howe Island, spending $100 a week on Sydney toll roads and not… Read more »

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- November 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Hello and happy Monday! Only one more sleep until the Reserve Bank decision that stops the nation.   1.  Jodie Fox talks about the Shoes of Prey collapse Jodie Fox has written a book about her experience in the wake of the failure of her high profile startup, Shoes of Prey. Reboot: Probably More Than You… Read more »