Dr Michele Allan

Charles Sturt Uni chancellor Dr Michele Allan takes over as SmartSat CRC chair

- January 31, 2023 2 MIN READ

Agribusiness expert and serial board member Dr Michele Allan has stepped up as chair of Australia’s leading space research centre, SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), following the sudden passing of inaugural chair Dr Peter Woodgate on Christmas eve. Dr Allan, chancellor and board chair of Charles Sturt University, also chairs the Food and Agribusiness Growth… Read more »

Livewire, Brad Manuel, Indy Khabra

Gametech startup Livewire bolsters leadership team with ex Snap, Zip execs

- January 19, 2023 2 MIN READ

Sydney startup Livewire, which brings gaming marketing to company promotions, has made several key hires in the wake of raising $4.7 million late last year. The 20-month-old gaming marketing company develops integrated gaming marketing solutions for advertising agencies and brands. Its clients include Uber Eats, streaming site Binge, Amazon Music UK, NBL League, and Warner… Read more »


Blockchain Australia’s new CEO, Laura Mercurio, has left after just 3 months

- December 14, 2022 2 MIN READ

Blockchain Australia’s new CEO, Laura Mercurio, has left the member organisation after just three months after taking on the role An experienced investment banker whose CV includes global investment banks, including BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank), fintech’s and various government and regulatory bodies, took over from Steve Vallas in mid September. Blockchain Australia is the… Read more »

Wavemaker Impact Monique Conheady

Climate tech venture firm Wavemaker Impact nabs Monique Conheady for ANZ expansion

- December 9, 2022 2 MIN READ

Southeast Asian climate tech venture firm Wavemaker Impact has named Monique Conheady as its new Venture Partner for Australia and New Zealand ahead of rolling out locally in 2023. The VC’s mission is to back build and back climate tech startups with the combined potential to reduce global carbon by 10% by 2035. Wavemaker Impact dubs them ‘100×100’… Read more »

Fred Schebesta

Finder’s crypto evangelist, Fred Schebesta, walks away from co-CEO role to focus on the VC side

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Fred Schebesta, the cofounder of comparison website Finder, and one of the country’s leading cryptocurrency advocates, is stepping down from his role as co-CEO and will no longer be the company’s colourful public face. SmartCompany’s Tegan Jones reports that Schebesta will leave his cofounder Frank Restuccia to run the global business on his own, as… Read more »

Fintech Australia's head of strategic partnerships Rachel Hopping

Fintech Australia adds strategic partnerships head as Monoova founder joins board

- December 5, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

FinTech Australia has appointed Rachel Hopping as its first head of strategic partnerships. The new role will primarily engage with FinTech Australia’s 400 corporate partners, which include Visa, Mastercard and AWS. Hopping joins FinTech Australia after a two-year tenure at Superhero, joining as Marketing Manager in 2020 before being promoted to Head of Strategic Partnerships. FinTech… Read more »


Regional Queensland startup founder Julia Spicer named the state’s new Chief Entrepreneur

- November 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Goondiwindi-based businesswoman Julia Spicer has been appointed Queensland’s new Chief Entrepreneur. She will step into the year-long voluntary role, taking over from Wayne Gerard, next month. The appointment by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk comes as the state turns its attention to hosting the Olympic Games in 2032 and the opportunities it provides for innovation and business.… Read more »


Cicada Innovations boss Sally-Ann Williams to lead government review into improving STEM diversity

- November 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

The federal government has asked an independent review panel to find ways to improve diversity and increase the participation of women in Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors. The Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review will be chaired by Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams. Industry and Science minister Ed Husic said the panel… Read more »

Employment, interview, job

 FinTech Australia partners with talent platform Upplft to help companies and workers find the perfect match

- November 23, 2022 2 MIN READ

FinTech Australia and talent platform Upplft have launched a new tool to help fintechs find and retain talent. Called “The Big Match” it aims to connect fintech industry jobseekers with new roles, which the companies involved can use it to help fill roles faster with candidates who have prior experience working in an early stage… Read more »

Steve Vallas

Former Blockchain Australia boss Steve Vallas signs on as advisor to new impact startup ecosystem

- October 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

New innovation and investment firm, Skafold signed on former Blockchain Australia CEO Steve Vallas as its new senior technology advisor. The role is responsible for exploring and advising all Skafold activities related to blockchain, digital currencies, digital regulation and technology more broadly. Skafold’s diverse innovation and investment ecosystem works closely with innovators and entrepreneurs to… Read more »


Bondi GP and angel investor Dr Amandeep Hansra joins Main Sequence as principal

- October 20, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney doctor, founder and angel investor Dr Amandeep Hansra has joined the CSIRO’s deep tech investment fund Main Sequence as a principal. Dr Hansra, a Bondi GP, has been in general practice for nearly two decades and co-founded the investment syndicate Australian Medical Angels, as well as founing Creative Careers in Medicine, which provides consulting services… Read more »

The IT Crowd

The Census reveals there’s been a boom in IT-qualified Australians over 5 years, but there’s still a massive skills gap

- October 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

Australians have embraced cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI) qualifications over the past five years, but the industry needs to turbo-charge recruitment to fill its skills gap, according to newly released 2021 Census figures that confirm the number of IT qualified workers in Australia has grown by 36% since 2016. The latest tranche of data… Read more »