Opinion

Why the Australian government’s tech visa startup scheme won’t work  

- September 18, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Government recently announced it will continue its fast track visa scheme for technology workers despite only five startups taking up the offer in the past 13 months. Known as the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program (GTES), organisations can apply for five year visas for highly skilled foreign workers. Whilst this scheme might help… Read more »

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5 ways to help ensure your staff are happier at work

- September 12, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Today’s R U OK? Day are an important reminder to be kind to yourself and to those around you. You never know who could be silently suffering from life’s ups and downs. This is especially important to be aware of at work. Conservative estimates on the effects of absenteeism suggest it is costing Australian… Read more »

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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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How to attract and retain top talent in Australian startups

- August 14, 2019 4 MIN READ

    Australian educational institutions have long succeeded in attracting ever-increasing numbers of international students. Armed with enthusiasm and drive, they relish the opportunity to take advantage of our first-rate tertiary education. The challenge we face as a nation is finding better ways to keep the most entrepreneurial of them here after graduation. Fostering skills… Read more »

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How an Australian female startup founder’s funding search led to Silicon Valley’s ‘casting couch’

- July 31, 2019 4 MIN READ

Charlie Thompson (left), with her Clean Collective co-founders Charli Ferrand and Georgia Lawson. Photo: supplied.   It’s no secret that raising funds as a female founder is tough. A Boston Consulting Group survey concluded that just 2% of venture capital funding reaches female-led companies – a statistic made louder last week by Kim Jackson passionately… Read more »