News & Analysis

Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Tuesday. Fingers crossed for good news for Victorians to emerge from lockdown some time today. Here’s today’s news, and don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-3pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus.   Zucktime Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch – not to be confused with Facebook Watch,… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Former VC manager Elaine Stead wins $280,000 defamation payout after ‘slow death’ by journalist

- January 27, 2021 4 MIN READ

Dr Elaine Stead, the former head of venture capital at the now defunct Blue Sky Alternative Investments fund, has been awarded $280,000 in damages a defamation case against the Australian Financial Review and its Rear Window columnist Joe Aston. Stead, who was described as a “feminist cretin” and “venture capital pyromaniac” in a series of… Read more »

Capital Raising

Australian VCs raised more than $1bn in capital for startups, but the median funding for Indigenous ventures sits at $0

- December 16, 2020 2 MIN READ

The push for diversity in venture capital is long overdue but like a lot of diversity campaigns, First Nations people are being overlooked by investors in Australia. As founder of the world’s first Indigenous Accelerator, I reached out to venture capital firms operating in Australia to conduct research into how much or more accurately, “how… Read more »

Venture Capital

Impact Investment Group launches $70 million ‘alternatives’ fund 

- September 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Impact Investment Group (IIG) is on the hunt for $70 million from wholesale investors for a new fund targeting sustainable and socially conscious startup investments.  IIG CEO and co-fund manager Daniel Madhavan said the Impact Alternatives Fund will be a mix of investments, including renewable energy infrastructure such as solar farms, impact private equity, venture… Read more »

News & Analysis

CHARTS: Global startup funding in the post-coronavirus era fell hard, but is already showing regrowth

- May 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Venture capital (VC) funding for startups has fallen by around 20% since December 2019 as the covid-19 pandemic smashed the global economy, but the impact is unevenly distributed according to new research from Startup Genome. The California-based analytics firm’s latest report into global startup funding, the first in a series its planning looking at the… Read more »

News & Analysis

Overseas investors are increasingly important to Australia’s venture capital market

- March 2, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Overseas investors are playing an increasingly important role in Australia’s venture capital support for startups according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). While the latest figures, which date to the end of the 2019 financial year, show a 1% fall in the value of commitments – the capital pledged by investors… Read more »

Opinion

The VC Checklist: What you need to do to get your startup noticed

- September 9, 2019 3 MIN READ

Securing the right venture capital can completely transform your startup. Getting the right partnership in place can prove to be invaluable – particularly in your early stages of development. This could make all the difference in adding influential contacts, building your networks, providing useful mentoring and education as well as giving you a firmer footing… Read more »

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Blue Sky, the $2.8 billion fund manager backing Australian startups, is in receivership

- May 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed investment fund Blue Sky (BLA) has been placed in receivership over a $50 million loan to US financier Oaktree Capital Management. In a statement to the ASX today, KordaMentha said it had been appointed receivers and managers to Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd as the business was in breach of a financial covenant relating… Read more »

Opinion

5 ways to make sure your investment pitch is perfect

- May 15, 2019 4 MIN READ

  Pitches are difficult to get right. Despite all the blogs and material about how to perfect startup pitches, presenting to investors is still a challenging task. Founders often obsess over their pitch: from fine-tuning the value proposition to religiously following Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 model, cramming as much as possible in their 20-minute pitch to… Read more »