New LGBT influencer hub bringing authenticity back to marketing

New LGBT influencer hub bringing authenticity back to marketing

A newly launched influencer marketplace hopes to target the difficult to reach (and difficult to convince) LGBT market. Named Joocd.com ("Just Out Of Curiosity Digital"), the platform is a new home for LGBT influencers and brands that want to target the hard to market to segment. Founded by Nigel Hickey and Mark Alexander, t...

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Leaders and entrepreneurs band together to aid the homeless

Leaders and entrepreneurs band together to aid the homeless

Several of Brisbane and the Gold Coast's most inspiring business leaders will be sleeping rough for the Vinnies CEO sleepout next month to raise much needed funds that will aid the homeless. Joining the cause is ERM Power CEO Jon Stretch and Rowland CEO Geoff Rodgers, who have been named ambassadors of the event, plus Business News Au...

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Cannabis Doctors Australia launch crowdfunding campaign with big ambitions

Cannabis Doctors Australia launch crowdfunding campaign with big ambitions

The minds behind fast-moving medicinal cannabis clinic chain Cannabis Doctors Australia (CDA) have big plans for their venture, and they begin today with an Australian-first crowdfunding campaign. CDA is the first medicinal cannabis company in Australia to embark on an equity crowdfunding campaign since the method of capital raising was l...

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Superloop and QIC fail to come to agreement

Superloop and QIC fail to come to agreement

QIC's proposed $494 million takeover of Superloop (ASX: SLC) is dead in the water after the two parties could not come to a suitable transaction offer. Superloop says that after opening up the books to QIC Private Capital for a three-week period of exclusive due diligence neither party could come to an agreement. "The announc...

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VentureCrowd grows with SMSF Properties Australia acquisition

VentureCrowd grows with SMSF Properties Australia acquisition

VentureCrowd is now the largest crowdfunding platform in Australia by volume of capital raised following its acquisition of SMSF Properties Australia. The consolidated group brings together VentureCrowd, a more traditional crowdfunding platform, with SMSF, a crowdfunding model for property investment and development. The deal creates ...

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Pippa Hallas' decade of bold moves as CEO of Ella Bache

Pippa Hallas' decade of bold moves as CEO of Ella Bache

In the ten years that Pippa Hallas has been CEO of Ella Baché she has steered the iconic company through uncharted waters. While newer brands have had the advantage of youth to see them survive and thrive the beginnings of social media, the 83-year-old skincare company has had to make a complete overhaul. When Hallas took over ...

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Uniti Wireless buys Call Dynamics two weeks after taking over partner company

Uniti Wireless buys Call Dynamics two weeks after taking over partner company

Uniti Wireless (ASX: UWL) has announced its takeover of Call Dynamics, the fast-growing Communications Platform-as-a-Service company founded by IT and telecom veterans Stuart Marburg and Tim Syratt. Call Dynamics is a company which focuses on inbound voice services, call tracking and call handing services which it provides to small busine...

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Cannabis duo teams up off the back of export breakthrough

Cannabis duo teams up off the back of export breakthrough

It's been a morning of revelations for one of Australia's biggest cannabis players THC Global (ASX: THC). Up until now the company has been a developer of medicinal cannabis and a distributor of hydroponics equipment, but now THC is going global with a new export license approved by the Office of Drug Control. The license will...

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Dulux posts first results since major Nippon takeover announcement

Dulux posts first results since major Nippon takeover announcement

Profits have dipped slightly at DuluxGroup (ASX: DLX) in 1H19, however its outlook on the full year remains rosy ahead of its likely takeover by Japanese giant Nippon Paint. Dulux posted a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $68.2 million, down 4.1 per cent on the FY18 result of $71.1 million which was positively adjusted to account for the on...

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Mortal Kombat reboot to be made in Adelaide

Mortal Kombat reboot to be made in Adelaide

Adelaide has been selected as the home for the production of the Mortal Kombat movie, 24 years after the critically panned original was first released. New Line Cinema is the production company behind the reboot based on the blockbuster videogame franchise, and will be the largest film ever made in South Australia. The production will...

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Nexba uncaps new record for non-tech Aussie crowdfunding

Nexba uncaps new record for non-tech Aussie crowdfunding

The founders of a naturally sugar-free drink company are figuratively fizzing with excitement after raising $6 million in a Series A Round through crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd. The milestone from Sydney-headquartered Nexba represents Australia's largest non-tech crowdfunding raise to date. Gross revenues for the group rose 1...

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Blue Sky's Alternative Access Fund cuts supply to mothership

Blue Sky's Alternative Access Fund cuts supply to mothership

Last week, embattled investment fund Blue Sky (ASX: BLA) announced it was not going to meet the terms of a $50 million loan from US-based Oaktree Capital Management. A heavy-handed approach has been the response from the company's Alternative Access Fund (ASX: BAF), which has opted to cut supply to its parent while it considers t...

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Weaker market shifts guidance down a gear for AHG

Weaker market shifts guidance down a gear for AHG

Automotive Holdings Group (ASX: AHG) may see its profits fall 11 per cent on previous guidance due to issues with its retail and refrigerated logistics arms. The company, which is in the midst of a takeover bid from competitor AP Eagers (ASX: APE), today downgraded its net profit after tax (NPAT) forecast for FY19 down from $52-56 million...

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Find out how AI, tech and innovation will be the future for Aussie tourism

Find out how AI, tech and innovation will be the future for Aussie tourism

The Gold Coast is undeniably Australia's top tourist destination but capitalising on the business brought by millions of visitors each year is no simple task. That's why tourism is perpetually in need of innovators, particularly in the tech space, who will take the industry to the next level. Enter the Tourism Innovators Conference,...

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IPO pushed back for Australian Family Lawyers

IPO pushed back for Australian Family Lawyers

Offers for a backdoor listing of Melbourne-headquartered Australian Family Lawyers (AFL) have been extended by almost a month while the company undertakes discussions with the ASX. A reverse takeover of Navigator Resources (ASX: NAV) was approved by shareholders in April with expectations the IPO would raise $6.5 million by the time ...

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Steve Baxter backs "Canva for video" tech startup

Steve Baxter backs "Canva for video" tech startup

A Brisbane-founded company that brings easy-to-use video editing to the masses has raised $1 million in a seed round led by entrepreneur Steve Baxter, known for his role on the hit show Shark Tank and co-founding PIPE Networks. Launched in April last year, Clipchamp has 6.5 million registered users worldwide, including team members f...

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Short seller VGI Partners launches $75m IPO

Short seller VGI Partners launches $75m IPO

The hedge fund behind the short selling attacks on Slater & Gordon and Corporate Travel Management has launched a $75 million initial public offering (IPO). VGI Partners lodged the IPO this morning, with ordinary shares being offered under at a price of $5.50 per share, implying a market capitalisation of $369 million. The hedge f...

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CommBank remediation bill passes $2 billion mark

CommBank remediation bill passes $2 billion mark

Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) has put aside $714 million for customer remediation provisions while its bottom line continues to be hammered by the aftershock of the Royal Commission. Australia's largest listed company announced today the measure would cut its net profit after tax (NPAT) for the third quarter by 28 per cent, even though...

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First stage complete for $100m Gold Coast marina upgrade

First stage complete for $100m Gold Coast marina upgrade

Boat Works' northern superyacht precinct development on the Gold Coast has its new 'dry marina' now operational as the first stage of a $100 million upgrade due for completion in October this year.  Works for the Longhurst family's ambitious venture in Coomera only started seven months ago and will effectively double ...

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Consumer megatrends that will shape the future

Consumer megatrends that will shape the future

With the world economy changing as rapidly as it has of late it can be difficult to understand what's coming next. Becoming bogged down on the micro-level of your own business can often leave you unprepared or unaware of the bigger picture. According to Euromonitor International, who just released a study into the main 'megatr...

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Meet the young CEO of a leading international cyber security firm

Meet the young CEO of a leading international cyber security firm

For most people, the age of 19 usually indicates the first year of University, and the beginning of a career, perhaps an unpaid internship. For Sam Crowther (pictured), CEO of cyber security firm Kasada, 19 is the year he founded a company that would go on to become a major international player. I know, I gasped too. With cybersec...

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Australia is slipping off the global leaderboard of startup success

Australia is slipping off the global leaderboard of startup success

In 2015, 'innovation' was the word on the tips of everyone's tongues in Canberra. Now, it barely registers as a passing thought. The turn away from Australia's once world-renowned startup ecosystem is most evident in Startup Genome's Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019. The report tanks Sydney as the 23rd best sta...

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Blue Sky fails to meet Oaktree loan conditions

Blue Sky fails to meet Oaktree loan conditions

After warning the market that it might not be able to meet the conditions of a $50 million loan from US-based Oaktree Capital, Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has confirmed it is in breach of a financial covenant in relation to earnings. The troubled investment group has confirmed to shareholders that it did not meet its oblig...

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Checkbox: the AI business solution that won't steal your job

Checkbox: the AI business solution that won't steal your job

If you're a follower of Elon Musk on Twitter you might be starting to develop a certain paranoia: artificial intelligence is coming for my job, my government, and even my planet. Once the realm of science fiction, artificial intelligence and automation is in fact very real, and very advanced in 2019. Though Musk's paranoid lat...

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TPG and Vodafone to file legal action against ACCC

TPG and Vodafone to file legal action against ACCC

Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ('ACCC') decision to oppose the $15 billion merger between Vodafone (ASX: HTA) and TPG (ASX: TPM) both telcos have committed to taking on the watchdog in court. In an ASX statement late yesterday afternoon TPG says that it intends on challenging the watchdog's ...

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ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC') has announced that it will block the merger between telecommunications giants TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone (ASX: HTA), saying the merger would lessen competition.  The consumer watchdog inadvertently published a statement online this afternoon stating that the...

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The rise of boutique hotels shows no sign of slowing down

The rise of boutique hotels shows no sign of slowing down

Blame it on millennials, blame it on Instagram, or just blame it on the slow march of time but face it, giant hotel chains are out; boutique hotels are in. Over the last few years boutique hotels have made a serious business case for their existence. Struggling with the competition of Airbnb, a service that promised to offer 'besp...

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BioPak and Qantas launch first ever zero-waste flight

BioPak and Qantas launch first ever zero-waste flight

Environmentally friendly packaging company BioPak has partnered with Qantas to see the world's first zero-waste flight take off. Launching from Sydney and landing in Adelaide earlier today the flight saw BioPak take control of the plane's food packaging as part of a zero-waste trial. BioPak's compostable packaging will be ...

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Home diagnosis tech prepares IPO for US expansion

Home diagnosis tech prepares IPO for US expansion

What the introduction of the thermometer was to checking fevers, a new series of Australian-developed tools could be for diagnosing infectious diseases like the flu and tuberculosis (TB). Ellume managing director and founder Dr Sean Parsons is a clinician himself and has witnessed firsthand the capacity constraints at health facilities to...

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Brazilians launch $7 billion law suit on BHP for Mariana dam collapse

Brazilians launch $7 billion law suit on BHP for Mariana dam collapse

In what could be the largest claim in UK legal history over 200,000 Brazilians have launched a class action law suit against Australian mining group BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP). The law suit claims that the mining group 'knew of the risks' surrounding the deteriorating condition of a Brazilian dam in the years before its deadly collap...

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