A Kiwi startup Blackbird backed with $7 million in its Seed round just pivoted to WTF

- January 19, 2024 6 MIN READ

Last year Blackbird Ventures made a massive bet on a New Zealand rental accommodation app, just six months after it had turned down a $200,000 pitch for cash. In August 2023, Blackbird instead tipped $7 million into a A$9.5 million Seed round for Kiki. The startup’s cofounder Toby Thomas-Smith, said Blackbird’s New Zealand partner, Samantha… Read more »


How innovation and creativity helps startups rebound

- September 1, 2020 3 MIN READ

2020 has been the year of the unexpected; the year of the ‘pivot’. We’ve seen world-class chefs provide home deliveries, gin distilleries making hand sanitiser and high fashion brands creating life-saving PPE. Businesses may have been forced to adapt quickly, but it was the innovative and creative responses that delivered new ways to meet the… Read more »


Sports app Lumin pivots into wellbeing for companies with people working from home

- April 17, 2020 2 MIN READ

Software that supports the world’s best athletes is undergoing a makeover to support staff working from home. First created to help elite athletes manage their training, the software is now finding its way into home offices as its South Australian creator launches a new platform for corporations dealing with COVID-19 distancing. Lumin Wellbeing is a… Read more »


How a high-end hi-fi startup began producing face shields for the coronavirus fight

- April 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

Two South Australian companies that have previously worked together to produce luxury speakers are collaborating to manufacture face shields to fill local shortages. Kyron Audio is world-renowned for producing extreme high-fidelity dipole loudspeaker systems for the luxury market and was due to exhibit its wares at Sydney’s 2020 Hi-Fi Show last weekend. But the cancellation… Read more »