News & Analysis

BRIGHT SPOTS: Coronavirus has made financial advisors an essential service once again

- May 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

  As hundreds of thousands of Australians grapple with entering unemployment, many are turning to their accountants and financial advisors to figure out how to stay afloat, understand what benefits they can access, and how they can protect their assets. With record household debt, reduced incomes from wages and investments and the ability to access… Read more »

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Innovation Bay and KPMG are looking for startup founders to help track covid-19’s impact on the sector

- May 5, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

KPMG Australia and Innovation Bay are seeking startup founders and investors to take part in Startup Navigate, a research initiative aimed at identifying and tracking the issues Australia’s startup ecosystem through the coronavirus era.  The two organisations plan to conduct fortnightly surveys with startup founders and VCs from May to July 2020. To join the… Read more »

News & Analysis

Recruitment startup Weploy launched a free job app to help displaced workers find jobs

- May 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Recruitment tech venture Weploy is the latest startup to step into the breach to help people who’ve lost their jobs find work during covid-19, launching a new platform called WeployConnect to help companies place laid-off workers in new roles and match workers with new employers. Vietnamese street food chain Roll’d joined WeployConnect as a launch… Read more »

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A South Australian tech startup built a virtual assistant for FAQs on covid-19

- April 30, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

  Adelaide-based tech startup Clevertar has built a virtual agent called Zoe for South Australia Health in just day to answer commonly asked covid-19 questions.  Clevertar CEO Tanya Newhouse said demand for health related information had increased exponentially and help South Australians follow official health guidelines. “We are proud to be assisting SA Health to… Read more »

Opinion

The CovidSafe tracking app reviewed by tech experts: security’s good, but Bluetooth’s a problem for iPhone users

- April 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

More than two million people had downloaded the federal government’s COVIDSafe app in the 24 hours after its release on Sunday night. The government is hoping at least 40% of the population will make use of the app, designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease. Previously dubbed TraceTogether – in line with… Read more »

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Mike Cannon-Brookes and Paul Bassat are backing the CovidSafe app as the tech sector takes on suspicious minds

- April 27, 2020 4 MIN READ

  Atlassian boss Mike Cannon-Brookes and Square Peg Capital’s Paul Bassat are among the tech sector’s high-profile supporters of the federal government’s contact-tracing smartphone app, CovidSafe, released on Sunday, but many remain wary of letting politicians anywhere near their data amid ongoing suspicion of their motives. Cannon-Brookes came out in favour of the app, which… Read more »

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BRIGHT SPOTS: How Compass Education scaled its school platform when demand soared by 600% in 30 minutes

- April 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

While many businesses have been forced to close as part of social distancing measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus, one entrepreneur’s poison is another’s meat and alongside covering how to get through the next six months, and detailing what’s happening in small business land in our series “From The Frontline“, as well as recognising… Read more »

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This healthtech founder says being worried about the government’s coronavirus app tracing you is ‘absurd’ in the Google & Facebook era

- April 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

The founder of a health data analytics startup says it’s “absurd” for people to worry about the government tracking people on its new coronavirus app, when so many already give away their location data to international tech giants such as Facebook and Google. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt released the voluntary… Read more »

Opinion

Coronavirus contact-tracing apps: their biggest weakness is we’re all waiting to see what each other will do

- April 23, 2020 4 MIN READ

As governments look to ease general social-distancing measures and instead use more targeted strategies to stop coronavirus transmission, we face a social dilemma about the limits of cooperative behaviour. Consider the controversy over contact-tracing phone apps, which can help authorities identify people with whom someone diagnosed with COVID-19 has recently come into close contact. Oxford… Read more »

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FROM THE FRONTLINE: How fintech Assembly Payments is supporting those hit harder by the covid-19 downturn

- April 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

The economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 is unlike anything the startup sector and broader business community experienced before. While governments and central banks worldwide attempt to come to grips with the macro challenges, we want to talk to people on the frontline of business to see how they’re faring and share their advice on… Read more »