Edward Craven and Bijan Tehrani

Crypto gaming billionaire Ed Craven dangles $100,000 sign-on carrots to lure engineers away from Canva, Atlassian and Australia’s top tech companies

- June 20, 2024 2 MIN READ

The overheated tech salary days of 2022 may be set to return, in engineering at least, if crypto gaming billionaire Ed Craven has his way. Craven, 28, and his cofounder Bijan Tehrani at online casino Stake.com and live-streaming platform Kick, are offering sign-on bonuses for senior and principal software engineers and engineering managers of between… Read more »

The Nudge Group founder Steve Grace and Tank Stream Labs CEO Bradley Delamere

Tank Stream Labs teams up with Nudge Group to tackle startup talent recruitment

- January 31, 2024 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based startup hub Tank Stream Labs has teamed up with recruitment firm The Nudge Group to make it easier for startups to find talent. The joint venture is hoping to create more affordable, tech-based solutions to finding the talent startups and scale-ups need. Tank Stream Labs CEO Bradley Delamare said that alongside an understanding, developed… Read more »

Waave COO Belinda Jonovska

Open banking fintech Waave nabs former Qantas and eBay exec Belinda Jonovska as COO

- June 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Waave has recruited former Qantas exec and eBay Australia chair Belinda Jonovska as payments fintech’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) to oversee risk, governance and commercialisation. Jonovska joins the startup after the open banking payments fintech raised $4.7 million in a Seed round in April. Cofounders Ben Zyl, Mark Connolly and Peter Traianou launched Waaveearier this… Read more »

Sam McNamara, Getahead

Queensland job matching startup Getahead raises $1.38m pre-Seed round

- February 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

Brisbane recruitment tech startup, Getahead, which pitches itself as “Tinder for jobs”, has raised $1.38 million in pre-Seed funding The round was led by Ezidebit founder Michael Dempsey’s investment fund, Pipeline Capital, supported by Di Bella Coffee founder Phil Di Bella. Founder Sam McNamara launched Getahead in December last year with the goal of reducing… Read more »

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Six months ago Dexter Cousins warned Australia’s tech talent bubble was about to burst too – his advice then is just as important now

- January 23, 2023 6 MIN READ

Editor’s note: This column was first published in July 2022. We republish it now amid widespread job cuts in tech because Dexter’s advice then is just as relevant now. Ask any founder their top three challenges, and talent is likely to feature amongst them. Record low unemployment, closed international borders, the great resignation, remote workers,… Read more »


AI-based recruitment startup Sapia raises $17 million in Series A

- November 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Recruitment and talent analysis startup Sapia.ai, formerly known as PredictiveHire, has raised $17 million in Series A. The round was led by Macquarie Capital and W23, the venture capital arm of Woolworths Group. The capital is earmarked for continued overseas expansion, including making the platform available in multiple languages. Sapia’s artificial intelligence-powered automation platform is… Read more »

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How to recruit the best talent for your startup

- October 10, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Albanese government promisingly used the recent Jobs and Skills Summit to commit to tackling the job and talent crisis head on. One aspect of this included offering 6,800 extra permanent migration places for tech sector workers as a part of a promised 20% increase to this year’s permanent migration intake overall. This is excellent… Read more »

Old unemployment queue

Australia’s tech talent bubble could be about to burst too – here’s what happens next

- July 5, 2022 5 MIN READ

Ask any founder their top three challenges, and talent is likely to feature amongst them. Record low unemployment, closed international borders, the great resignation, remote workers, soaring salaries and a global skills shortage have created the most complex talent crisis in the modern era. Business leaders plead with government and the education sector to solve… Read more »


PredictiveHire, which can tell if you’re the right person for a job in 5 text messages, raises $7 million in pre-Series A

- March 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

Recruitment automation startup PredictiveHire, which uses an AI bot to tell immediately if a candidate is right for a job using just five questions answered via phone text, has raised $7 million in a pre-Series A round. Sydney talent recruiting firm Hudson is one of the startup’s key backers, along with several individuals including Yarra Capital… Read more »


5 ways to attract top tech talent when you’re a startup without big salaries

- January 7, 2022 3 MIN READ

One of the biggest challenges for any startup is finding the right talent. In big cities, they must compete with large, well known or global organisations that are appealing to job seekers due to their competitive salaries and bonuses. This can be intimidating and present challenges in the recruitment process. However, there are distinguishable career… Read more »