This 24-year-old used Snapchat to launch a startup so successful, he turned down jobs at Facebook and Uber — all while fighting cancer

24-year-old Khallil Mangalji is a happy guy. He just closed a $US1.8 million round of venture funding for his two-year-old startup, Fiix, and got some good news about his health. The cancer tumour he’s been fighting for the past year while launching his startup is in retreat and the prognosis for a full recovery is good, he … Read more

Barayamal partners with CoderDojo to launch coding clubs focused on Indigenous Australians

Indigenous-focused accelerator program Barayamal has partnered with global kids coding initiative CoderDojo to launch CoderDojo First Nations, a network of coding clubs aimed at Indigenous Australians. First Nations will leverage CoderDojo’s resources of volunteer-led community programming clubs, which cater to young people from ages seven to seventeen, to provide educational sessions that teach participants how … Read more

The fix : how nations survive and thrive in a world in decline (book)

Author: Jonathan Tepperman From immigration reform to energy resources, from political paralysis to inequality and extremism, we are beset by a raft of huge and seemingly insurmountable issues. The daily newspapers, the rolling 24-hour television news, portray a world in terminal decline: the rise of IS, the Syrian refugee crisis, Beijing’s financial fallibility and Putin’s … Read more

“BEFORE US, ESPORT CONTENT PROVIDERS OPERATED OUT OF COLLEGE DORM ROOMS,” SAYS GAMURS CEO

Esports, also known as competitive video gaming, is – in the words of GAMURS co-founder and CEO Riad Chikhani – a “ridiculously big industry… still in its infancy”. Worldwide, there are 191 million esports enthusiasts plus another 194 million occasional viewers… and it’s forecast that by 2020, this combined audience will have risen 53% [1]. … Read more

FILMMAKER PROVES IT’S CRUCIAL TO HAVE A ‘BUSINESS BRAIN’ IN ANY INDUSTRY

BEING a little business-minded goes a long way in any career, and Australian filmmaker Scott Corfield is proving it firsthand. Corfield’s most recent production Don’t Tell, which premiered internationally in May, featured Australian cinema heavyweights including Jack Thompson and Rachel Griffiths who helped tell the true story of a sexual abuse survivor from Toowoomba. Corfield … Read more

Refugees are helping others in their situation as social entrepreneurs

“While on the run from war, persecution and natural disasters, refugees are actually helping others in their situation. They are creating organisations and enterprises that train and offer jobs to fellow refugees, giving them a fresh start. And its these enterprises that are also helping countries to overcome some of the challenges of economic and … Read more

How UberEats is changing the way we eat and how restaurants run

Try to find a Flip City burger store and you’ll struggle. The popular UberEats delivery option only exists on the app. It’s the creation of Dani Zeini, the owner of burger stores Royal Stacks, Dandenong Pavilion, Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Truck Stop Deluxe which turn over $5 million a year between them. Zeini’s tailored what’s on offer specifically … Read more

Brisbane’s Hydric Media works with brands to create apps for music discovery

Testament to the increasing popularity of streaming music, Spotify today announced that it breached the 140 million active user mark, with 48 million of those signing up for the platform’s paid service. To allow other businesses to pivot off this success, the company released its own API toolkit, offering a helping hand to startups such … Read more