Robin Levison
ASX

Materials tech startup Xefco launches joint venture to produce Covid-killing face masks

- September 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based materials technology company Xefco is launching a joint venture company to produce revolutionary face masks with the ability to kill the Covid-19 virus within minutes. Xefco developed masks coated in an ultra-thin layer of copper in a collaboration with Deakin University. Studies by the Doherty Institute found that the patent-pending technology has the ability… Read more »

Notiv
Mergers & Acquisitions

Dubber is ramping up its AI capabilities after acquiring Brisbane startup Notiv for $6.6 million

- September 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed voice data company Dubber (ASX: DUB) has acquired Brisbane tech startup Notiv in a deal worth $6.6 million. The M&A deal will see Dubber accelerate its artificial intelligence program and capabilities. Notiv was founded by tech industry veterans Chris Raethke, a BugCrowd co-founder, and Dr Iain McCowan in 2018 to improve meeting note taking.… Read more »

real estate
News & Analysis

ASX-listed PropTech Group is plotting a real estate joint venture with fintechs for BNPL options

- September 3, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed PropTech Group (ASX: PTG) has enlisted the support of fintech startups to build a buy now pay later (BNPL) real estate play. The joint venture project, called PropPay, is a payments platform that will allow real estate agents and third-party platforms to offer payments and solutions to their customers for property-related services in Australia… Read more »

Funding

Seek’s VC backs disability services venture Hireup in $40 million series A

- August 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Andrew Bassat’s Seek Investments has led a $40 million series A for online disability services platform, Hireup. Hireup helps people with disabilities find, hire and manage their own support workers. The strategic backing by Seek Investments for a minority stake, along with support from existing shareholders, will help the six-year-old business scale nationally.  The Myer… Read more »

Xero, Steve Vamos
News & Analysis

Accounting platform Xero is now in the app business

- August 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed business accounting platform Xero is taking on Google and Apple at their own game, launching an app store selling Xero-connected apps. The Xero App Store lets small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers purchase apps to help run their companies, and went live last week. Xero app partners in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand now… Read more »

Afterpay
Mergers & Acquisitions

Why Jack Dorsey’s Square wants to pay record $39 billion for Afterpay

- August 4, 2021 3 MIN READ

The A$39 billion (US$29 billion) that Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s digital payments company Square is paying to acquire Australian upstart payments outfit Afterpay is the biggest takeover deal in Australian corporate history. It surpasses the A$32 billion European commercial real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco agreed to pay for Frank Lowy’s Westfield Corporation in 2017. The deal… Read more »

Afterpay, Nick Molnar, Anthony Eisen
Mergers & Acquisitions

Square is buying Afterpay for $39 billion

- August 2, 2021 3 MIN READ

Jack Dorsey’s payments platform Square is buying ASX-listed Australian fintech Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) in a deal worth US$29 billion (A$39bn). Anthony Eisen and Mick Molnar, co-founders of the buy now, pay later (BNPL) platform will join Square when the deal goes through early in 2022. They will help lead Afterpay’s respective merchant and consumer… Read more »

Afterpay
ASX

Afterpay sales doubled to $21 billion in FY21

- August 2, 2021 2 MIN READ

Sales at ASX-listed buy now pay later (BNPL) fintech Afterpay passed $20 billion a year ahead of schedule. The company’s (ASX: APT) continued astonishing growth, revealed in the 2021 financial year figures today, comes as the fintech announced a proposed sale and merger with US-listed payments company Square for A$39 billion. Afterpay posted FY21 underlying… Read more »