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AI/Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence is already making some people so worried they have AI-nxiety – here’s how to cope

- June 30, 2023 3 MIN READ

Even tech experts have been astonished by the recent, rapid growth of AI technology, able to hold human-like conversations in multiple languages, create music and pass medical exams. While the potential benefits of AI in fields such as healthcare are indeed inspiring, the pace of change is rapid, and there is still lots of uncertainty… Read more »

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Funding

Mental health app idea that’s ‘like Marie Kondo for your mind’ kicks off with $800,000

- April 6, 2023 2 MIN READ

A Melbourne startup that’s hoping to build a mental health app to help people clear their minds has raised $800,000 despite being at least 9 months away from releasing a product. Called Modo, the startup has been backed by Archangel Ventures, Black Sheep Capital, Co Ventures, Giant Leap Fund, the female founder-focused Alice Anderson Fund,… Read more »

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Life hacks

Science says doomscrolling is bad for your health, so here are 4 tips to help you stop it

- September 9, 2022 3 MIN READ

Doomscrolling can be a normal reaction to living through uncertain times. It’s natural to want to understand dramatic events unfolding around you and to seek out information when you’re afraid. But becoming absorbed in bad news for too long can be detrimental. A newly published study has found that people with high levels of problematic… Read more »

Funding

US VC giant a16z backs female-led game studio Lumi Interactive in record $9.76 million Seed round

- June 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Andreessen Horowitz’s legendary US VC fund a16z, has led a US$6.75 million (A$9.76m) Seed raise into Australian women-led game studio Lumi Interactive. The oversubscribed round was also backed by 1Up Ventures, Galileo Ventures, Heracles and Double Loop Games founder Emily Greer. Lumi sees its mission as making the world a kinder place, and plans to… Read more »

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Future of work

Why gig economy workers need more support and better ways to cope with job uncertainty

- March 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

This weekend, you might hit “place order” for a meal delivery. Or jump in a ride share to meet friends. In both cases, you’ll be engaging a gig worker. “Gig worker” is a term that generally refers to people who get work through smartphone apps – think Uber, Ola, AirTasker, Snappr, and others. Approximately 250,000… Read more »

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Funding

Athlete mental health startup championed by Grand Slam winning tennis coach Darren Cahill bags $2.5 million seed round

- January 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

A female-founded wellness management platform for youth athletes has closed a $2.5 million seed round as it looks to help athletes with their mental health. Brisbane-based iNSPIRETEK was founded by former competitive gymnast Annie Flamsteed to provide athletes with mental health support and the tools they need when they need them most. The round was led by… Read more »

Advice

The death of a young New Zealand startup founder makes me wonder if it’s really safe for entrepreneurs to fail

- December 8, 2021 3 MIN READ

The untimely passing of a young entrepreneur raises an important question for startups and the people who support them. Dan Bradley explains.   In late November, New Zealand entrepreneur Jacob Millar was tragically found dead at the age of 26. In his short life, he’d founded and launched two startups including Oompher, which he sold… Read more »

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Advice

If you’re feeling anxious about returning to ‘normal’ after lockdown, here’s how to cope

- October 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

As lockdown eases today in New South Wales, and will do so in Victoria later this month, many people will begin readjusting to “normal” life. Exiting lockdown after several months can lead to a range of feelings, from excitement and relief to stress and worry. While it may seem counter-intuitive to feel anxious about returning… Read more »

Tia Cummins
Antler Australia

This neuroscientist and ex-soldier’s startup uses virtual reality to treat PTSD and other mental health conditions

- August 18, 2021 3 MIN READ

One of the most popular new innovations we’ve seen in recent years has been virtual reality (VR) technology. While many might associate virtual reality with games or leisure activities, a growing field of research suggests it can be an incredibly valuable tool in dealing with a range of mental health issues. After completing a PhD… Read more »

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Advice

‘We just don’t have time for that’: why prioritising mental health is a cornerstone to startup success

- July 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

A compelling mission, values, fast paced operations, inherent risks when things don’t go to plan – startup life and special operations have a lot of similarities and a dark side people like to avoid: mental health issues. Coming from the background of having dedicated time to train my skill set, improve fitness and structured training… Read more »