Blinq, a fast-growing startup based in Melbourne, has raised AUD$5m from Blackbird and Square Peg Capital to revolutionise how experts share details and manage relationships. Blinq lets you share a snapshot of your professional identity, make great first impressions. Blinq replaces business cards and static contact apps with a live profile that can be shared with anyone via QR code, NFC card, short link, email signature or even video call background.
Telstra has announced that nominations for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards are now open. The Awards program celebrates the innovation and creativity of Australian SMEs, and their role as a key driver of Australia’s economic success and social prosperity. Stemming from the success of the inaugural 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards which saw over 24,000 businesses nominated, the program demonstrates Telstra’s long -standing commitment to recognising the meaningful contributions of firms and business leaders.
Global tour operator Intrepid Travel announced key leadership changes to its ANZ team, representing Intrepid’s first all-female regional leadership team. This includes Sarah Clark returning as ANZ Managing Director, and Yvette Thompson promoted to General Manager – Sales & Partnerships to lead all partner relationships and commercial agreements.
Australian car subscription company Loopit Group has announced the hire of David McClatchey as National Sales Director, and Richard Sands as Head of Engineering. The hires come just weeks after Loopit officially launched in the UK. Based in Sydney, both positions will lead national teams and support the business’s plans for further growth this year.
Australia is on the cusp of a very volatile economic period. As the world tries to pick up the pieces after two years of global lockdowns and constant setbacks, we continue to face the aftermath of COVID on many levels. In the current economic climate, businesses should be weary of being caught up in a long-term lease for an expensive office that’s hard to break.
It’s no surprise the pandemic completely changed everyone’s lives, with a good majority of employees leaving their jobs because they are not only wanting more from their careers, but needed more support from their workplace. Much has been made of “The Great Resignation," with work itself evolving, it reflects a reprioritisation of personal choices on a global scale — creating a discontinuity that should be of great concern to every leader.
Voice AI communication platform, Curious Thing, has announced that it has closed a AUD$7 million pre-series A funding round led by private investment firm Hawkstone with participation from Blacksheep Capital, January Capital and return investors Reinventure and Qualgro. The injection represents a tactical investment to expedite business and consumer comfort and adoption of voice AI assistants, as the scepticism surrounding this advanced technology continues to subside and the normalisation of the human-AI relationship grows. Prior to this funding round, Curious Thing raised AUD$1.5 million from Reinventure and Qualgro in 2019.
As Australia emerges from the pandemic, a new report by ING Australia reveals 78% feel positive, and some even extremely positive (19%), about the year ahead. The ING Sense of Us Report shows 20% say positivity is the theme of the year and although some 18% are looking for a more calm year, in contrast, one in six 16% are looking to shake things up, describing the year as ‘new’ (4%), ‘energetic’ (4%), ‘fun’ (3%) and ‘yolo’ (2%).
BlackBerry Limited announced the release of the QNX® Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety, the latest edition of the firm’s safety-certified, real-time embedded hypervisor product, designed to enable the healthcare industry to deliver secure medical devices and apps to market faster. In addition to being certified to the latest ISO 26262 ASIL D standard for automotive and IEC 61508 SIL3 for electronic systems, the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety is recognised with the highest functional safety standard for medical device software – IEC 62304 Class C compliance – from the auditors at TÜV Rheinland. The release comes at a time of increased scrutiny and gov't investment in medical device manufacturing and cybersecurity in Australia.
Xero, the global SMB platform, revealed the biggest concerns for Australia’s small business owners in the lead up to the 2022 Australian Federal Election, with technology, supply chain pressure and staff challenges top of mind in the lead up to casting their vote on 21 May. Research of more than 500 small businesses across Australia, commissioned by Xero, uncovered small business owners are highly engaged with issues that affect their industry and broader community. It found over forty percent of respondents say policies that support small businesses are their top factor in considering what political party to vote for.