melbourne News of 10/24/20
Six Favorite Techstars Startups Ahead Of Its Next Rush Of Demo Days
With TechCrunch Disrupt happening last month, I fell behind on watching accelerator demo days. It’s time to correct that oversight. In August and September, the Techstars network of startup accelerators held demo days for various classes ...
Researchers Ready World-First Vision Restoration Device For Human Clinical Trials
Over a decade’s worth of work by scientists working at Melbourne, Australia’s Monash University has produced a first-of-its-kind device that can restore vision to the blind, using a combination of smartphone-style electronics and ...
Investors Cozy Up To LA-Based Ettitude’S Bamboo Bedding And Sleep Wear With $1.6 Million
Ettitude , the Los Angeles-based, direct-to-consumer startup making sustainable bedding and sleepwear from bamboo fibers, has raised a sustainably sized round that should keep the company going even in the face of an economic recession. Co-founded ...
Replacing Plastic With Plant Pulp For Sustainable Packaging Attracts A Billionaire Backer
In a small suburb of Melbourne, two entrepreneurs are developing a technology that could mean big changes for the packaging industry. Stuart Gordon and Mark Appleford are the co-founders of Varden , a company that has developed a process to take ...
New Study Of COVID-19 Patient’S Immune Response Could Inform Future Treatment
A new study published in science journal Nature Medicine (via Bloomberg ) examines the case of a patient who contracted COVID-19 in Wuhan and fell ill in Melbourne, Australia could provide a more comprehensive view of how and why certain people ...
Google Cloud Announces Four New Regions As It Expands Its Global Footprint
Google Cloud today announced its plans to open four new data center regions. These regions will be in Delhi (India), Doha (Qatar), Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada) and bring Google Cloud’s total footprint to 26 regions ...
Here’S Our Pick Of The Top Six Startups From Pause Fest
We’ve been dropping into the Australian startup scene increasingly over the years as the ecosystem has been building at an increasingly faster pace, most notably at our own TechCrunch Battlefield Australia in 2017. Further evidence that the scene ...
Omio Buys rome2rio To Build Out Its Global Travel Aggregator Business
Omio ( née GoEuro ) has acquired multimodal travel veteran Rome2rio as it works on building out a global travel aggregator business, having taken the decision to zoom out from its home market of Europe earlier this year . Financial details of ...
Why Am I Seeing This Ad? AI, ML & Human Error In Advertising
Adam Zelcer Contributor Share on Twitter Adam Zelcer founded the advertising company Adboy.com . Ad platforms create equal opportunities for businesses but not equal outcomes. They’re ...
‘Crypto Exchange’ Goxtrade Caught Using Other People’S Photos On Its Staff Page
Alleged cryptocurrency exchange Goxtrade bills itself as a “trusted platform for trading bitcoins,” but its staff page is filled with photos of people of pulled seemingly at random from the internet. The alleged exchange, which claimed ...
Cross-Border Fintech Startup Airwallex Raises $100m At A Valuation Of Over $1b
Australia-based Airwallex is the latest tech startup to enter the billion-dollar ‘unicorn club.’ The company announced today that it has closed a $100 million Series C round that values its business above $1 billion. Started in ...