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US tech unicorn Podium targets Australia after ‘organic groundswell’

US tech unicorn Podium targets Australia after ‘organic groundswell’

United States tech unicorn Podium is making a push into the Australian market with its customer messaging platform aimed at small businesses after opening a local office and hiring 65 staff. 

  • by Cara Waters

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Aussie startup guides equestrian competitors in Tokyo

Aussie startup guides equestrian competitors in Tokyo

Horses and riders in the eventing competition at the Tokyo Olympics are relying on a small Australian startup CrossCountry app to navigate their way around the course.

  • by Cara Waters
Move over, Macquarie: Afterpay the new millionaires factory after blockbuster Square deal

Move over, Macquarie: Afterpay the new millionaires factory after blockbuster Square deal

The biggest corporate takeover deal in Australian history will turn a host of key staff members and early investors in Melbourne headquartered Afterpay into instant multi-millionaires.

  • by Cara Waters
‘Inflection point’: Afterpay’s Molnar says $39b deal to ramp up growth

‘Inflection point’: Afterpay’s Molnar says $39b deal to ramp up growth

Afterpay co-founder Nick Molnar says he will be hanging onto his stake in the merged business as it attempts to take on credit cards.

  • by Clancy Yeates and Cara Waters
Micro-businesses fall through cracks of COVID-19 support

Micro-businesses fall through cracks of COVID-19 support

Small business rails against “arbitrary, inequitable, unfair” treatment of micro-businesses and start-ups in state’s $1 billion relief effort.

  • by Noel Towell
‘A really ugly playing field’: How tech is tackling online trolling of athletes

‘A really ugly playing field’: How tech is tackling online trolling of athletes

When Simone Biles withdrew from the gymnastics teams event at the Olympics this week she was both praised and pilloried on social media for prioritising her mental health.

  • by Cara Waters
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‘Become digital or perish’: Atlassian reports ‘ripper’ quarter in tech boom

‘Become digital or perish’: Atlassian reports ‘ripper’ quarter in tech boom

Co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar saw their wealth increase by $2.35 billion each overnight after Atlassian posted a 29 per cent rise in annual sales, with more growth to come.

  • by Cara Waters
Culture Amp hits $2 billion valuation as remote work shift pays off

Culture Amp hits $2 billion valuation as remote work shift pays off

Employee engagement startup Culture Amp soared to a $2 billion valuation, further cementing its position as a homegrown technology unicorn. 

  • by Cara Waters
CSIRO ‘brews’ milk for animal-free dairy startup

CSIRO ‘brews’ milk for animal-free dairy startup

The CSIRO has set its sights on helping animal-free dairy get to supermarket shelves, backing a startup that’s using fermentation technology to create an alternative.

  • by Cara Waters
Cannon-Brookes backed Spaceship hits $1b in funds under management

Cannon-Brookes backed Spaceship hits $1b in funds under management

The superannuation startup, backed by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, is growing its base as the market for Millennial-focused finance products booms.

  • by Cara Waters
TikTok for truckies: Billionaire who missed out on TikTok now tries to beat it

TikTok for truckies: Billionaire who missed out on TikTok now tries to beat it

While TikTok tends to be stocked with photogenic, dancing teenagers, Su Hua bets on a daggier version of the internet sensation whose stars include a binge-drinking farmer and a long-haul truck driver.

  • by Zheping Huang