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Ignition Lane’s Wrap: M&A deals rise, EV SPACs crash, honey-free bees

- June 27, 2022 5 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Tech Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world.  Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel… Read more »

Social Media

How toys like a ‘vlogger set’ prepare kids for the digital world

- June 27, 2022 3 MIN READ

Recent outrage surrounding a young children’s toy “vlogger” set echoes moral panics of the past, particularly when words such as children, play and digital come together. Aldi recently released a new range of wooden toys, including the Vlogger set for children aged 3 and older. This set has sparked discussion on Twitter, including criticism. Spotted… Read more »

People

Here’s what it would be like if Elon Musk bought a burrito like his Twitter acquisition

- June 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

• Elon Musk spies a burrito cart -> Elon Musk wants a burrito. • He doesn’t want to pay for it. • Suggests via tweet that the burrito cart guy, sixty-eight-year-old Miguel Chumacero, should just let him have the burrito. Specifically, the ‘Giga-Chad’ Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Breakfast Burrito. • Burrito cart guy unimpressed with early… Read more »

Advice

Giant Leap’s Small Steps: The power of maps, games, and sci-fi in adapting to a changing world

- June 23, 2022 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startups landscape. We share an edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight. Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and broaden… Read more »

AI/Machine Learning

A Google software engineer believes an AI has become sentient, but if so, how would we know?

- June 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

Google’s LaMDA software (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) is a sophisticated AI chatbot that produces text in response to user input. According to software engineer Blake Lemoine, LaMDA has achieved a long-held dream of AI developers: it has become sentient. Lemoine’s bosses at Google disagree, and have suspended him from work after he published his… Read more »

People

Tesla chair Robyn Denholm says Western Sydney is a ‘technology powerhouse’

- June 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

Western Sydney is poised to produce Australia’s next generation of IT workers and high value tech companies, according to Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm. In her acceptance speech for the inaugural Florence Mary Taylor Innovation Medal, Denholm described her upbringing in Milperra, a suburb just past Bankstown in Southwestern Sydney. “My parents owned a service station in the… Read more »

Advice

A VC partner reveals how to avoid a down round for your startup – and what to do next if it happens

- June 14, 2022 4 MIN READ

Last month, I mentioned a recent trip to North America where after meeting with many investors and founders across different stages and sectors, I counselled startup founders to brace for turbulence. Since the beginning of the year, major share market indices are down, with some tech company indices down even more. Inflation across developed countries… Read more »

Data

There’s a big, dirty data secret in edtech that we need to talk about if we’re going to protect our kids and their futures

- June 13, 2022 4 MIN READ

Schools’ use of educational technologies (edtech) grew exponentially at the height of COVID lockdowns. A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has exposed children’s rights violations by providers of edtech endorsed by governments in Australia and overseas. The lockdowns have ended but edtech remains embedded in education. Children will have to navigate issues of data… Read more »

People

Techfugees is back to celebrate how refugees make Australia a smarter, tech-based nation

- June 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Techfugees Australia is coming back with a meetup on World Refugee Day on June 20. We’re a group of committed tech people collaborating with NGO partners like Settlement Services International (SSI)… Read more »

Advice

The data says employing tech workers is costing startups a lot more – and it looks set to continue

- June 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

The pandemic has fundamentally changed altered the dynamics in the local tech jobs market, creating unprecedented demand for tech talent in Australia. According to data from Aon Insights, several forces are coalescing to create a talent squeeze — a burgeoning local startup scene, the growth in digital transformation projects in many organisations, and the growing… Read more »