Dan Baird

Customer relationship startup Wandora is reclaiming bookings data control for tourism operators

- March 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

It’s been a tough couple of years for tourism businesses; if a global pandemic and closed borders weren’t enough, the continual rise of third-party booking platforms and their grip on customers have made life even more difficult for operators. Wandora, a Melbourne-based startup recently invested in by Antler, is working to even the playing field… Read more »


Twitter is one of the Russia government’s favourite places to spread disinformation thanks to a crucial loophole on the platform

- March 16, 2022 4 MIN READ

In February this year, reports surfaced on Twitter and Facebook that the Ukrainian government was undertaking a mass genocide of civilians. Around the same time, conspiracy theorists began saying Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was an agent of the “New World Order”. These claims have been thoroughly debunked, but not before attracting millions of views and… Read more »

Bored Ape

Everything you need to know about NFTs and tax liabilities in Australia

- March 15, 2022 3 MIN READ

With the acceleration of blockchain, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have gained significant popularity over the last few years. Like other novel technology, NFTs present their own set of tax issues and complexities to navigate. This article is intended to provide a high-level overview of some of the tax considerations to be aware of when transacting with… Read more »


4 numbers to keep an eye on if you’re trying to predict when the Omicron Covid wave will end

- January 18, 2022 4 MIN READ

Before Australia’s recent changes to COVID testing, working out when we reached the peak of cases was, in principal, straightforward. We looked at the numbers of new daily cases, diagnosed via PCR. From there, we worked out a range of other key indicators related to COVID spread, testing and hospitalisation – each dependent on those… Read more »


TikTok was the world’s most popular domain in 2021

- December 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Short-form video content platform TikTok has overtaken Google as the world’s most visited domain of 2021, according to internet infrastructure company Cloudflare. It has been a meteoric rise to the top of the charts for TikTok which was among the top 10 most popular domains in late 2020. But by the middle of 2021 TikTok.com… Read more »

Maria Ressa

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa warns social media is killing our shared reality

- November 24, 2021 3 MIN READ

Unchecked technological advancement is destroying our shared reality and sewing severe discord in social democracies, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa has warned. Speaking at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Sydney Dialogue event last week, Ressa – founder of Filipino news site Rappler and the country’s first Nobel Laureate – described what she called… Read more »

Toby Norton-Smith, Helen Hey

CBA’s x15ventures launches a cheesy idea for Millennials to personalise their online shopping with cashback rewards

- November 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank venture-scaling entity, x15ventures, has launched a new venture targeting Gen Z and Millennials with a brand and deal discovery shopping app that offers cashback rewards Cheddar uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help customers discover personalised brands, authentic content and deals, alongside a rewards program, serving up bite-sized content in the style of… Read more »

Bare Cremation

Funeral startup Bare Cremation falls foul of the consumer watchdog over ‘misleading’ claims

- November 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Prepaid funerals startup Bare Cremation has fallen foul of consumer watchdog the ACCC just two years after it launched. The venture has been handed a $13,320 infringement notice for allegedly making a false and misleading representation about the price of its cremation services. Friends Cale Donovan and Sam McConkey, co-founded of Bare in 2019, pledging… Read more »

New Zealand, Hobbit

If New Zealand entrepreneurs are going to have any chance of survival, the government needs to reopen the borders now

- November 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

In the 2012 book Why Nations Fail, James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu look at why some great nations are destined to fail and some to succeed. One major theme amongst failures is leaders that aren’t prepared to share the success of a nation, and keep all the glory for themselves, eventually leading to revolt.… Read more »


Sex and drugs and TikTok rolls: How to keep kids safe from adult content on social media

- October 31, 2021 4 MIN READ

You may have read recently that TikTok allegedly “serves up” sex and drug videos to minors. Media reports have described the video-sharing platform, which is designed predominantly for young people, as an “addiction machine” that promotes harmful content. In an investigation, reporters at the Wall Street Journal created 31 bot accounts on TikTok, each programmed… Read more »