Leaders of legendary investment club the Sydney Angels reveal what they look for in startups

Funding a startup can be tricky. Bootstrapping is an option but sometimes being able to fully develop an idea and getting a functioning product to customers means having to find financial backers. The Sydney Angels is one of Australia’s best-known venture funds. In the decade since its formation, the venture capital space has developed rapidly across the … Read more

Australia’s VC power couple: Why Ian Gardiner walked away from Amazon to join his wife’s investment venture

Just last month Ian Gardiner — stalwart of the Australian startup scene — sent shockwaves across the ecosystem as he announced he was stepping down from his role as head of the Australia and New Zealand startup division at Amazon Web Services, to work full time at Jelix Ventures, the investment business headed up by his wife … Read more


A new project to expand the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has been described as an “exciting coup” for the city’s ever-expanding marine industry as it continues to strengthen its global reputation for excellence in the Asia-Pacific region. With its Stage 2 project valued in excess of $100 million, the marina and shipyard which is … Read more

State by state: A September update on Australia’s property markets

Which property market forecasts are you going to believe? Those from the media outlets who say our property market is ‘collapsing’? Or perhaps those of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who after consulting with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has concluded we’re in for an “orderly” soft landing in the Sydney and Melbourne … Read more

Women in VCs: Why empathy and diversity are key to successful startup investment

Gender — and thought — diversity is good for venture capital firms and the startups they invest in, according to a panel of female VCs. Speaking at the UTS Women in Venture event in Sydney last week, panellists highlighted empathy as an important part of investing in startups. Having come from a background working at a startup in … Read more

“We definitely dodged a bullet”: Why these businesses that didn’t get Shark Tank deals think they’re better off

Though it’s a far cry from the realities of business, Network Ten’s Australian version of Shark Tank is one of the few representations of entrepreneurial and business life on modern television. It’s for this reason so many Australian SME owners and startup founders hold the prime-time TV show in high regard. Not only is there a chance … Read more

Cryptoassets : the innovative investor’s guide to bitcoin and beyond (book)

Authors: Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders … Read more

Women face hostility in cryptocurrency spaces, but they’re fighting back

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how I began investing in cryptocurrency, and why it’s so attractive for women. The article explained that only five percent of cryptocurrency investors are women, and why this means women may be missing out on excellent financial opportunities. What I didn’t explain fully was why so few women are involved. Some … Read more