Business strategy

Bright Sparks: 3 things you need to see this week

- September 14, 2021 2 MIN READ
Zip co-founder and CEO Larry Diamond

Welcome to our weekly column on the important things to see and do for the ANZ startup community, brought to you by the director of the Spark Festival, Maxine Sherrin.

Every Tuesday she picks out 3 things worth putting in the diary for the week ahead. If you’d like to know more, sign up to the Weekly Sparks, Maxine’s roundup of all that’s on in Australian tech and startups. 

Here’s what’s hot this week:


Fireside chat with Larry Diamond of Zip Co

Wed, Sep 15, 12:30pm AEST

Wondering what it’s really like to start and grow a unicorn? Hear how the co-founder of Zip Co, Larry Diamond, got started and scaled globally to a market cap of US $5.83 billion at this UTS Startups Festival online event.

Before deciding to disrupt the payments industry, Larry had spent 12 years working in retail, technology and investment banking, where he first saw the opportunity to digitise financial services with innovative products that bring customers and merchants together.

Find out how he went from idea to execution at a global scale.


EnergyLab Scaleup Program Showcase

Wed, Sep 15, 3pm AEST

After many years of false starts, it seems our net zero emissions future is finally emerging.

Built specifically to help accelerate high-impact clean energy startups in Australia and overseas, EnergyLab’s Scaleup Program facilitates collaboration between fast-growing cleantech companies, energy utilities, investors and other partner organisations.

This showcase of their latest cohort will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the startups modernising and reshaping our energy system.


Startup Metrics and Dashboards

Thu, Sep 16, 12noon AEST

You’re a startup, which means traditional finance metrics won’t cut it. By the time something shows up in your balance sheet or P&L, it’s usually too late (that’s if it shows up at all). You need startup metrics to measure and drive your business.

You need nimble metrics that lead the way instead of lagging behind so you can see what’s working, what’s not and adjust accordingly. Tune into this free interactive workshop and see what that looks like.