Brains Trust

Airwallex co-founder Lucy Liu explains how the fintech dealt with COVID-19 in China

- March 27, 2020 4 MIN READ

These are strange times we live in. The global COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new reality for all of us, with businesses reeling most from the impact and introducing significant changes. Many workforces across the world have turned to remote working, as travel restrictions and work-from-home directives are now widespread and mandated. Airwallex’s China office… Read more »

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The 3 golden rules of remote working

- March 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

For those lucky enough or able to, many Australians are now working remotely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For some, this involves a shift in the way we work. Slack itself is functioning as a temporary all-remote company, with more than 2,000 people from 18 offices across 10 countries working from home due… Read more »

News & Analysis

Queensland tips $4 billion into health and economic stimulus

- March 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $4 billion economic stimulus package as the state prepares to close its borders to non-residents from midnight Wednesday. Queensland reported a further 78 cases of COVID-19 today, the majority in the state’s south-east corner. Included in the Premier’s stimulus package is $1.2 billion to ramp up the state’s… Read more »

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Hivery raised $8m in Series A: Here are 19 things the founders learnt from the process

- March 24, 2020 5 MIN READ

I recently supported Hivery in raising A$8mm Series A capital from Blackbird and AS1 Growth Partners Hivery’s suite of products aim to maximise return on retail space (RoRS) using AI and machine learning Below I have summarised our journey from a high level, with lessons from the Hivery Founders (Jason, Franki, Matt, Menkes) included where chronologically relevant.… Read more »

Opinion

‘Gourmet Farmer’ and small business owner Matthew Evans on resilience and hope in the time of coronavirus

- March 23, 2020 5 MIN READ

Matthew Evans runs his family small business, Fat Pig Farm, near the Huon River in Southern Tasmania with his partner, Sadie Chrestman.  The farm has a market garden, pigs and dairy cows. They’ve been building the business for nine years, and in 2016 launched a cookery school, produce store and restaurant serving their home-grown produce.… Read more »

Opinion

The coronavirus plan you need to make now

- March 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

It’s looking increasingly likely that some childcare centres and schools will shut down over the next few weeks following incidents like this where staff tested positive for Coronavirus at Banksia Cottage at Macquarie University. Some workplaces have already enforced a ‘work from home’ policy for employees who have travelled overseas in the past month, and the next… Read more »

News & Analysis

CABIN FEVER: How to prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

- March 13, 2020 4 MIN READ

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re seeing mass isolation in virus epicentres, with about 500 million people in China “under varying degrees of quarantine”, and all of Italy in lockdown. In Australia, self-isolation is being advised for those who have been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, or have travelled from a country… Read more »