Our update of what we’ve seen in tech across Australia and New Zealand this month. And a few things we find interesting…
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The big news 🔊
With it’s global user base of 15 million monthly active users in 190 countries, Canva is empowering the world to design. Since launching in 2013, over 1 billion designs have been created on their platform… and it feels like they’re just getting started! Congratulations to the team on securing a further $100m in funding to further cement Canva as the default tool in every workplace 🚀It’s an honour to be able to continue to support them on their incredible journey. Read more here.
Prospa is set to IPO on the ASX on 11 June
The new Minister for Industry, Science & Technology, Karen Andrews, has pledged to adopt an open-door policy with tech sector leaders. We look forward to working with her to ensure the startup ecosystem is well supported by Government policy in Australia
With UK Government backing, British fintechs are starting to focus on Australia for their next market
Brandon Capital has closed the first tranche of funding for its new $250m biotech fund
Some of Wise Tech’s early investors have started a $50m VC fund — Shearwater Growth Equity
SEEK has invested in two global online education businesses — FutureLearn (50% for $90m) and Coursera (minority interest for $50m). Wisetech Global acquired Xware, a Sweden based messaging integration solutions provider, for $23m in order to cement the quality and scalability of their messaging technology
Main Sequence has entered into a partnership with Hungry Jack’s to establish v2Food, a manufacturer of “sustainable meat alternative” food products
Asia’s fastest growing coworking space (JustCo) is set to open spaces in Sydney and Melbourne
We get a lot of questions asking how our fundraising process works at AirTree, so Jackie has shared a short overview of how we operate. Hopefully this means we can use the first meeting to really get to know each other!
Topics that caught our eye 👀
Seed is the new A, and A is the new B. This gels with our own experience that seed is a phase, not a funding round.
The emotional rollercoaster of scaling startups
An interesting read about AI in the medical space
How to keep employee engagement and retention high
Machine learning just got faster. Try out a TPU today!
“Yet even with scale effects, our observation is that data is rarely a strong enough moat”
Today there are about 30m active crypto users. Facebook has about 2.4bn active users…
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mouse — scientists find a volume knob for emotional memories
Major funding rounds 💰
What’s on? 📅
7 June (Sydney): Elicia is joining the investor panel at B2BRocks alongside Carthona Capital, Follow the Seed, and OneVentures
5 June (Sydney): Craig is joining a panel to discuss “VC Trends & Outlook” at the inaugural Morgan Stanley Summit
11 June (Sydney): Adam will be talking to students at UNSW’s StartupLink VC night
20 June (Sydney): Craig is looking forward to judging SBE Australia’s Dolphin Tank
20 June (Sydney): Adam is joining a panel at LegalVision to discuss the “Art of Capital Raising”
26 June (Melbourne): John is at the Innovate Health Conference to discuss how digital health companies can access capital in Australia
Love for the AirTree Fam ❤️
The founding teams we partner with have a vision to change the world as we know it. Craig shares his views on some of the commonalities across our most successful companies
For tech leaders, getting the right balance for how to spend your engineering resources is one of the hardest problems to solve. We were lucky enough to have Hugh Williams work through some of these challenges with the AirTree portfolio
Flurosat is reducing input and boosting yield for farmers. Their new partnership with Brazilian based group TerrAvion means they’re well on their way to providing timely stress detection and plant nutrition management recommendations for agronomists and growers
Renting rather than buying clothes from fashion rental companies like GlamCorner is fast becoming Millennial’s best-kept fashion secret 👗♻️
Canva recently acquired Pexels and Pixabay in a move to become the Netflix of stock photography
Jackie loves businesses with community at their core, so has always been attracted to the indie hacker/maker community. Now that new no-code tools are enabling that community to thrive, she decided to write a love letter to the movement
The boom in the business of pets is great news for PetCircle
Maryam from MetaOptima spoke on the podcast Talking HealthTech about innovation and AI in healthcare
Bridget from Expert360 talks to The Australian about how future workplaces could be dominated by an entirely new category of staff
Pieter from Secure Code Warrior tells us about the major security issues within Huawei’s software engineering processes
High profile roles in #startupaus 🇦🇺
Different is looking for a Chief of Staff in Sydney
Brighte is looking for a Head of People and Culture in Sydney
Flurosat is looking for a Data Scientist in Sydney
Secure Code Warrior is looking for a Talent Acquisition Lead in Sydney
What we’ve been reading and listening to 📘🎧
Deep Medicine: We’re fascinated by the application of AI to medicine and actively looking for investments in this area. Eric Topol’s book is on point.
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