Siteminder looking for $100m boost

Hotel booking platform SiteMinder is said to be looking for $100 million plus in venture capital from new and current investors to facilitate its next wave of development.

Innovate or die. Former PM Malcolm Turnbull’s advice for Australia

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told Startcon conference that Australia can’t deny the crucial significance of the innovation sector, in the same way, we as we can’t deny climate change.

Pool-sharing app diving in the deep end in Australia

The greatest opportunity to incorporate Australia’s passion for having fun in the water into a successful business has been lost – again.

Canva and Hubspot design a way to do business together

Australia’s massively successful on-line design platform Canva is expanding its international profile by linking with American marketing software company HubSpot.

Judo Bank gets arm lock on place in Fintech 100 list

Australia’s established banking quartet, Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac and National are under increasing pressure to either charge their way of doing business or be overtaken by the increasingly powerful new disruptive on-line banks headed by Judo Bank.

Female founder funding opportunity announced by SheEO

SheEO the global women’s organisation that provides funding to female founders has called for Australia’s female entrepreneurs to apply for its 2020 Venture Funding program.

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StartCon 2019: Wrap Up

On Friday 22nd November and Saturday 23rd November, Australia’s best and brightest gathered for StartCon, the nation’s largest startup and growth convention.

StartCon 2019: Fred Schebesta interview

Fred Schebesta, CEO and Co-Founder of shares his ambitious plans for to move into the Open Banking space and discusses what the future holds for cash currency in Australia.

StartCon 2019: Dr Christyl Johnson interview

NASA Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, Dr Christyl Johnson reveals NASA’s exciting plans for a 2024 space mission, where Perth mining technology is key.

StartCon 2019: Lucy Lin interview

Lucy Lin, CMO and Founder of Forestlyn is passionate about ethical AI.

StartCon 2019: Craig Rees

Airwallex Head Engineer, Craig Rees feels that the future of Fintech in Australia is global.

StartCon 2019: Dan Lok interview

Renowned entrepreneur Dan Lok, founder of shares his top tips for those looking to enter the digital marketing space and reveals how businesses can be innovative among a cluttered marketing environment. 

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Susan Anderson – Anderson on her Uber rating, the future of mobility, and road pricing

Adrian and Ilya talk with the General Manger of Uber Australia and New Zealand, Susan Anderson about her Uber rating, how the rider sharing platform has stayed ahead in the Australian market, and her reflections on the future of mobility and road pricing.

What Happens When a Billion Indians Finally Get Online?

The spread of internet-connected smartphones in India is upending everything from jobs and marriage to politics and education.

The Future of Financial Services

In this episode with the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission, Maureen Jensen and ASIC Executive Director (Markets) Greg Yanco explore digitisation, changing consumer expectations,…

How to survive digital disruption

MIT Three big points

While digital disruption may seem like a technology problem, it’s really a people problem.

David Jones – Lessons from an Australian Unicorn Exit

Today’s guest is David Jones, founder of Threatmetrix the Unicorn Australian company that many of you probably have never heard of, that very quietly sold last year to UK based Relx for $850 million USD (>$1b AUD).

The Asian Century has arrived

The Future of Asia is not only a China story anymore.

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Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar keynote speaker at seminar

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, one of the most sought-after entrepreneurs in Australia, will be a featured speaker at this year’s Spark Festival.

The backroads of artificial intelligence and its challenge

Artificial Intelligence is seen as both a solution to intractable problems and a major challenge to social, political and economic life.

Building a brand just as important as building a business

Join Principals strategy director, Moensie Rossier as she shares her thoughts on how to build a brand, not just a business. 

The next seat: Bringing women into the start-up boardroom

Recruiting the wide-ranging list of diversely talented women for advisory or boardroom roles will be the theme when three promising start-ups publicly reveal their potential during the Spark Festival.

Incubate demo day: a launch pad to reach the stars

INCUBATE is the award-winning university startup accelerator founded by the University of Sydney Union.

Venture capital in an innovation economy

Long-time venture capital investor Dr Bill Janeway will headline the United States Studies Centre’s presentation of “Venture capital in the innovation economy.”