A new approach to investing in early-stage startups has been developed by former Stone & Chalk national head of community Cheryl Mack. Aussie Angels is an investment platform that lets sophisticated investors join experienced startup investors in syndicates backing the next wave of Australian startups. Investors can find and join angel syndicates to get access… Read more »
Australia’s ’20/12 rule’ is stifling angel investment and any chance of younger generations backing startups
When the topic of regulations that need to change to increase angel investment in Australia, an excuse that often comes up is: “Retail investors aren’t prevented from investing in startups, there’s the 20/12 rule!” Well let me tell you why that’s largely unhelpful. I recently spoke with someone who told me they were looking to… Read more »
While there are commonalities among their criteria, startup investors don’t take a cookie cutter approach. The key to unlocking investment is understanding the stage of your startup. “In the race of life, always back self-interest; at least you know it’s trying,” the late former premier of NSW, Jack Lang, once said. Self-interest is defined as… Read more »
Big news dropped this week – Brisbane based video editing platform, Clipchamp, was acquired by Microsoft. The following is part of a lovely note sent out to all shareholders by one of the founders, Alex Dreiling, when trying to use my own words as an intro – I failed to find better words, so I am using… Read more »
When deciding what startups to back, investors would be smart to consider female-led companies. Research shows that startups with female founders consistently outperform those led solely by men, generating higher profits and higher returns on investment. A study by BCG and MassChallenge found that female-led businesses generated 12% higher revenues annually, using an average of… Read more »
Antler will pilot a new, exclusive investor platform in June Australian investors are the first to trial it It hopes to improve the Demo Day outcomes Antler is hoping to take venture capital investment to the next level, trialing a new investor platform from next month as part of the early-stage venture capital firm’s revamped… Read more »
Robo-advisor Unhedged has raised $500,000 in a pre-seed round ahead of the release of the fintech’s investor app. The round was backed by Canadian venture capital firm Loyal VC, plus 18 individual investors, predominantly through founder Peter Bakker’s MBA network. The raise is being used to build the headcount, as well as enabling the team… Read more »
Atlassian says it will invest US$50 million in early-stage startups, but the funds come with a catch – the ventures must all be working on projects that help build out the US-listed tech giant (Nasdaq: TEAM). The company’s US-based head of corporate development, Chris Height, said in a blog post on the company site that… Read more »
The incredible story behind creating Buildkite, the $200 million ‘best-kept secret in DevOps’, by an investor there from the start
This week’s announcement that Buildkite has completed a raise at a valuation of $200 million was excellent to wake up to. It’s very exciting for me personally, because not only did I have a small role at the very beginning, but I’ve been able to witness the choices and events they’ve navigated over the past… Read more »
Two out of three millennials are already using or considering using fintech services, research reveals
Millennials are already driving rapid change in the financial services industry and the role those services play in how they digitally deliver products.
As Madeleine Albright once said and Taylor Swift once quoted, there’s a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women. The startup world has taken this on board perhaps better than any other space over the last few years, with movement after movement launching to help women get their start.
FirstStep wants to get millennials investing their virtual loose change but faces competition from Acorns
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, a small leak will sink a big ship. The 20c change from the $4 we hand over for a coffee every morning can add up over time but, thinking them useless and wanting to get rid of heavy coins, most of us routinely waste our change.
Tendr may be the ‘Tinder for equity crowdfunding’, but we shouldn’t overlook its potential to become a major data player
Most media outlets were focused on the Tendr’s unusual, yet strategic, move to incorporate the swipe-to-like motion popularised by dating app Tinder. Perhaps what’s more interesting is the startup’s potential to become a major data player in the world of equity crowdfunding.
The newly launched AWI (Australian Wealth Investments Limited) today announced they will be investing $1 million dollars into Australian financial services startups, through the newly established AWI Ventures Accelerator Program.