Culture Amp raises $49m from Blackbird, Atlassian co-founders

Culture Amp raises $49m from Blackbird, Atlassian co-founders

Employee engagement tech start-up Culture Amp has raised $US36 million ($48.7 million) in one of the biggest capital raises of the year for a local company, with the business aiming to hit $100 million in revenue by 2020. Co-founded by Didier Elzinga, Jon Williams, Doug English and Rod Hamilton in 2009, the company has developed…
Labor is right to hike super taxes at incomes of $200k: research

Labor is right to hike super taxes at incomes of $200k: research

But because of the way division 293 tax is calculated, the effects of an $180,000 threshold would creep beyond high-income earners, the researchers add. "We therefore conclude that a threshold of $200,000 would be most appropriate and in line with the proposed objective of superannuation." Super contributions are usually taxed at 15 per cent. The…
After Big Un, Big Review TV, Guvera: Five due diligence tips for investors

After Big Un, Big Review TV, Guvera: Five due diligence tips for investors

Understandably, everyone wants to be a part of the next Facebook, Apple or Xero but how can investors be sure they aren't backing a "dud un"? And how can entrepreneurs convince investors that they are not the next Big Un? The answer lies in proper due diligence by the investor and due diligence preparation by…
Liberal plotters must explain why they blew up the government: Malcolm Turnbull

Liberal plotters must explain why they blew up the government: Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has excused Scott Morrison from helping orchestrate his downfall but said many senior members of the Coalition were bullies who posed an existential threat to the Liberal Party and who blew up the government for no good reason, jeopardising its re-election prospects. In an explosive solo appearance on the ABC's Q&A program on Thursday night, the former prime minister also…
Sans Forgetica: Why you won’t forget RMIT’s new typeface

Sans Forgetica: Why you won’t forget RMIT’s new typeface

What's on the front page of every newspaper, but rarely in the news? Answer: Typefaces. But thanks to RMIT University's release of a new typeface scientifically designed to enhance retention, talk about faces and fonts has enjoyed a rare few days in the sun. Let's get some terms straight and then forget about them. Strictly, a…
The ‘twinning’ family of BT’s Brad Cooper

The ‘twinning’ family of BT’s Brad Cooper

Retail superannuation funds rank among the biggest victims of Kenneth Hayne's Royal Commission into the financial services sectors – to the extent that three of the Big Four banks recently have, or are now, divesting their wealth management arms.  The only bank committed to holding the line is Westpac, its BT Financial central to Brian…
King, Azarenka back Serena Williams’ call on ‘sexist’ US Open chair umpire Ramos

King, Azarenka back Serena Williams’ call on ‘sexist’ US Open chair umpire Ramos

Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the US Open final than a man would have been. Williams was cited by official Carlos Ramos for three code violations during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racquet, which cost her…
Banking royal commission: Orr, Hayne battle to breach Allianz defence

Banking royal commission: Orr, Hayne battle to breach Allianz defence

You can tell when Rowena Orr, QC, is reaching the peak of her frustration with a witness when she asks this question: "Are you sure that's the evidence you want to give?" Orr, the senior counsel assisting the commission, was being made to work very hard by Allianz's chief risk officer, Lori Callahan, herself a…
Uber injury insurance kick starts push for contractor benefits

Uber injury insurance kick starts push for contractor benefits

by David Marin-Guzman Uber has introduced a unique injury insurance program for drivers and delivery riders in what the company sees as the first step to establishing employee-style benefits for contractors. The new accident insurance policy, effective from Friday, will entitle UberEats and UberX drivers to daily payments of up to $150 or lump sums…
Home flipper start-up ​Opendoor valued at $2.8 billion as property tech booms

Home flipper start-up ​Opendoor valued at $2.8 billion as property tech booms

by Erin Griffith Opendoor, a start-up that flips homes, attracted attention in June when it announced it had raised $US325 million ($450 million) from a long list of venture capitalists. The financing valued the four-year-old company at more than $US2 billion ($2.8 billion). That was only an appetiser. Three months later, Opendoor has more than…

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