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To Dark Emu & beyond: 5 Indigenous uni students land NASA internships

- August 14, 2023 2 MIN READ

Five Indigenous Australian university students will head to the United States next week for internships with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The students are part of the inaugural cohort of Monash University’s National Indigenous Space Academy (NISA), selected from universities across Australia and supported by the Australian Space Agency. The students will be partnered with a… Read more »

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AirTree founding partner Daniel Petre appointed to the $15bn National Reconstruction Fund board

- August 10, 2023 2 MIN READ

The Albanese government has appointed venture capitalist and philanthropist Airtree cofounder Daniel Petre to the board of its $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to be chaired by climate investor Martijn Wilder, founder and CEO of Pollination. The eight-member board for the government’s signature investment project also includes Invest Victoria chair Ahmed Fahour, MD of Latitude… Read more »

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Atlassian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie are separating

- July 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founder and father of four Mike Cannon-Brookes has separated from his US-born wife, Annie, after 13 years of marriage. News of the demerger emerged over the weekend in Nine newspapers, citing “sources close to the family”. An Atlassian spokesperson declined to comment. An unauthorised source told the media: “They’re both focussed on their children… Read more »

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Open banking fintech Waave nabs former Qantas and eBay exec Belinda Jonovska as COO

- June 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Waave has recruited former Qantas exec and eBay Australia chair Belinda Jonovska as payments fintech’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) to oversee risk, governance and commercialisation. Jonovska joins the startup after the open banking payments fintech raised $4.7 million in a Seed round in April. Cofounders Ben Zyl, Mark Connolly and Peter Traianou launched Waaveearier this… Read more »

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Regrow Ag’s Anastasia Volkova and Canva founders named in Time’s 100 Most Influential Companies

- June 22, 2023 2 MIN READ

What do Regrow Ag CEO and cofounder Anastasia Volkova and Skims founder Kim Kardashian have in common? Well, they’re both among the 20 industry leaders chosen by Time magazine for its list of the world’s 100 most influential companies. Regrow began life in 2016, as part of Sydney University’s “Inventing the Future” innovation program. Its… Read more »

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Veteran tech director Cass O’Connor to chair Airtasker as investor James Spenceley steps down to focus on humanitarian work

- June 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed jobs marketplace Airtasker will have its first female board leader with Cass O’Connor stepping into the chair role next month as James Spenceley departs after eight years. Spenceley, the founder of telco Vocus, is a prolific VC investor and North Sydney councillor and more recently founded humanitarian organisation Aus Ukraine Aid, was a seed… Read more »

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Mr Yum named Victoria’s startup of the year

- May 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

Hospitality ordering app Mr Yum has been named startup of the year in the annual Governor of Victoria Startup Awards. The fintech, currently in talks with rival Me&u over a possible merger, was recognised for its role in helping the state’s restaurant sector continuing to operate during pandemic restrictions and now helping the hospitality sector… Read more »

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Former NSW minister Victor Dominello has a new university gig running tackling ethics and trust in digital life

- May 1, 2023 3 MIN READ

Former NSW digital government minister Victor Dominello has a new job after leaving politics at the March state election, signing on as the director of the university-based UNSW-UTS Trustworthy Digital Society Hub. The announcement comes on the same day Jihad Dib, the new Labor minister in charge of digital government marked Privacy Week, announcing the… Read more »

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Square Peg names James Tynan as partner

- April 17, 2023 2 MIN READ

Former Startmate boss James Tynan has been named a partner at Square Peg, three years after signing on at the VC. Tynan joined Square Peg in 2020 from the Startmate accelerator program, which also makes pre-seed investments in the startups involved. Since then he’s led investments for Square Peg in companies including culture meat venture… Read more »

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It’s been a tough year to be a tech billionaire, according to The Australian’s list of the rich

- March 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

Spare a thought for the country’s tech billionaires when you read at The Australian’s annual list of the nation’s 250 richest people tomorrow. 2022 wiped billions from their wealth, while the old-school titans continued to make a motza digging up stuff, building apartment blocks and turning trees into boxes. Twelve months after the tech billionaires… Read more »