Je ne sais quoi: Craig Blair of AirTree Ventures on what the Australian startup scene could learn from Europe

Having spent 10 years living in Europe in the 90s, Craig Blair, co-founder and managing partner of AirTree Ventures, has recently been back to check out the developments in the startup scene. London and Paris undoubtedly have older, more mature startup communities — so what can Australians, whether they’re in the VC space, the government or starting … Read more

Superforecasting : the art and science of prediction (book)

Authors: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week’s meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts’ predictions are only slightly better than … Read more

QBL keeps it in the family with hemp & health foods merger

Queensland Bauxite Limited (ASX: QBL), the company behind one of the country’s fastest growing medicinal marijuana businesses (Medical Cannabis Limited (MCL)), has once again consolidated its ever growing suite of marijuana-related operations. The Queensland-based company acquired Hemp Hulling Co (HHC) on Thursday, bringing the family-run business further into the fold of MCL. Sebastian & Samuel … Read more

“I’m not here to back lemonade stands”: Steve Baxter on the best age to become an entrepreneur

When is the best time in your life to start a business or become an entrepreneur? It’s a long-running debate, with some thinking you should be as young and hungry and others thinking you should be older and more experienced. While the correct answer is probably ‘whenever works best for you’, Queensland’s chief entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Steve … Read more

Co-create : how your business will profit from innovative and strategic collaboration (book)

Authors: David Nour; illustrations by Lin Wilson What if your customers had a vested interest in guiding your company toward greater success? What if your employees had a personal as well as professional commitment to elevating your organization? Imagine how different your results would be if investors, vendors, and even analysts treasured the relationship they … Read more

Biotech startup Paragen Bio raises $6 million for its work fighting diseases with parasitic worms

Queensland biotech startup Paragen Bio has launched in spectacular fashion with an initial $6 million investment to continue developing new treatments for autoimmune diseases, using secretions from parasitic hookworms. The James Cook University-based startup has received funding from US-based AbbVie Ventures, the venture capital arm of biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, as well as Australian venture capital … Read more