Mic Black and Darryl Lyons
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Holy shiitake! Meet Rainstick, the Indigenous startup growing mushrooms with lightning

- November 24, 2023 6 MIN READ

Take a third-generation farmer with three startups under his belt and a serial innovator who’s turned algae into medicine and developed an AI mental health app for an A-league football team, and what you get is a recipe for magic. ‍ Combining ancient knowledge with future tech, Rainstick is developing a breakthrough innovation that mimicks the… Read more »

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Meet Refilled, the eco-friendly Sydney startup transforming soft drink vending machines

- October 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

While vending machines offer convenience and ease for anyone with a few dollars and thirsty, the supply-chain logistics around them are staggering when you drill down into the environmental impact. Putting aside the transport emissions, less than 20% of the 891 billion-plus single-use plastic bottles are produced annually worldwide are ever recycled. A 2020 report… Read more »

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How silicon are our valleys? New CSIRO mapping identifies Australia’s tech clusters

- August 1, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia has nearly 100 Antipodean ‘Silicon Valley’ sites creating nearly two-thirds of the country’s tech jobs, according to a new report mapping digital technology clusters nationally for the first time. The report, ‘The geography of Australia’s digital industries’, was produced by CSIRO, and the Tech Council of Australia. It found there are 96 digital clusters… Read more »

Canva cofounders Cliff Obrecht, Melanie Perkins and Cameron Adams. Photo: supplied
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Canva is throwing $74 million at app developers for the design platform

- June 15, 2023 2 MIN READ

Canva is setting up a US$50 million (A$74) innovation fund to back app developers to create new experiences for the design platform. The Canva Developers Innovation Fund was announced at the company’s first developer conference, Canva Extend, in San Francisco today. The 10-years software giant also released the Canva Apps SDK (Software Development Kit) for… Read more »

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US authorities have approved human trials of Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip – but the current lessons from AI need to apply here too

- May 31, 2023 4 MIN READ

Since its founding in 2016, Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink has had the ambitious mission to build a next-generation brain implant with at least 100 times more brain connections than devices currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has now reached a significant milestone, having received FDA approval to begin… Read more »

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Australian sportstech is now a $4.25 billion industry

- May 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

Local sportstech is now worth as much as the fintech startup sector, with more than 750 companies involved, according to new analysis from the Australian Sports Technologies  Network (ASTN). Releasing its second annual Sports Innovation Report for 2023, ASTN put the value of sportstech at $4.25 billion as the sector begins to ramp up for the… Read more »

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Goodness gracious, great balls of mammoth: an Australian startup created cultured meat from an extinct animal’s DNA

- March 28, 2023 3 MIN READ

Sydney cultured meat startup Vow Foods has created the world’s first edible protein developed from the DNA of an extinct animal – the woolly mammoth. Pitching their technology as a solution to climate change – and using the mammoth as “a monumental symbol of what we stand to lose now” – Vow unveiled its latest… Read more »

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Australian electric car-sharing platform evee charges ahead with crowdfunding campaign on Birchal

- March 27, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Electric car-sharing startup evee is raising capital via crowdfunding, as it looks to expand into the UK and EU markets.  Evee launched in 2016 and is now hoping to raise $1.6 million in an equity crowdfunding campaign on Birchal.  The company hit three million kilometres of electric vehicle (EV) sharing just days before kicking off… Read more »

Hichame Assi
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Envato makes the cut for a 4th time as the only Australian tech company in US VC a16z’s annual Marketplace 100 rankings

- March 24, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Melbourne scale-up Envato is flying the flag for Australian tech once again in the annual list of the world’s best marketplaces released by a16z, the fund of legendary Californian venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.  It’s the 4th edition of a16z Marketplace 100, and Envato, which remains privately owned, after it was founded in a Bondi… Read more »

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Delivery marketplace Zoom2u launches DoorDash and UberEats rival for business

- March 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australian delivery platform, Zoom2u has launched a new SaaS marketplace, Drivers2u, to help businesses tackle deliveries.  The delivery service by the ASX-listed software company aims to bridge the gap between customers and drivers. Local businesses and restaurants can match with delivery provider for free through Drivers2u. The platform allows businesses and customers to post a… Read more »