La-la-land snapping up tech starlets

21 March 2017
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As Snap’s blockbuster IPO reverberates around the tech community, Los Angeles is firming as an alluring alternative to Silicon Valley, with powerhouse tech outfits including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Hyperloop One and Riot Games joining Hollywood A-listers to build a community combining the best of both worlds.

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$50m fund for plastic to diesel

16 December 2016
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Melbourne-based venture capital firm Trimantium Capital is raising a $US50m ($67.8m) fund to finance the expansion of PK Clean, a firm that converts plastic waste from landfill into usable fuels such as diesel. PK Clean, the brainchild of Australian entrepreneur Priyanka Bakaya, has already raised funds from Goldman Sachs and government, and has a facility…

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A former Melbourne schoolgirl has returned to her home town seeking $US50 million ($67 million) to build a series of plants around the world to turn plastic waste into diesel fuel and gas, helping to keep plastic out of landfill and create a new energy source at the same time.

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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s Hyperloop could make its way to Australia, with the Melbourne to Sydney corridor serving as the testing ground for the futuristic high-speed transportation system. With its promise of commuter and freight pods zipping across low-pressure tubes at speeds of more than 1000km/h, Mr Musk’s high-speed rail on steroids could…

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Trimantium Capital managing director Phillip Kingston and a team of technology and superannuation industry heavyweights have raised $100 million from Australian and US fintech investors to launch a new tech-focused business that will provide compliance, administrative or supervisory services to superannuation funds.

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Melbourne 30-year-old Phillip Kingston is a master networker – not that he particularly likes that word. The Gen Y entrepreneur and venture capitalist, who is the managing director of Trimantium Capital, knows more people than most investors who are double his age. Highly connected to not just Silicon Valley, but London, Tel Aviv, China and the Middle East, Kingston…

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Unit, a digital transformation consulting business led by a team of entrepreneurs across Australia and Asia, is preparing to raise $40 million through an initial public offering on the ASX later this year. The company, co-founded by former McKinsey & Co consultant Dave Hunt and Trimantium Capital managing director Phillip Kingston, is also undertaking a $3 million pre-IPO capital raise.

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Four Australian venture capital firms have been selected as the first participants in a world-first global movement for diversity in the tech sector. Project Include was launched in San Francisco recently by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, and is working to close the diversity gap through direct collaboration with startups and VCs…

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Four Australian VC firms have received recognition for their work with tech diversity, with global initiative Project Include announcing its inaugural participating start-ups and VCs. Project Include, a Califoria-based initiative designed to test best practices to build diverse and inclusive cultures, this morning said Australian organisations Blackbird, Scale Investors, Trimantium, and Impact Investment Group would…

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PayPal co-founder and former chief technology officer Max Levchin has thrown down the gauntlet to the big banks, saying they’re “too big to fail”, but also “too big to innovate”.

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Brian Slingerland is not your average scientist. The Stemcentrx co-founder and chief executive was an up-and-coming investment banker, before he met his co-founder Scott Dylla, who was working at Stanford University and researching the role of stem cells in cancer.

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PayPal co-founder and investment legend Peter Thiel has predicted the end of US dominance of the global tech industry, but warned Australia must reduce its reliance on mining and real estate before it can reach its potential.

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China, with its bustling economy and continuing growth is managing to create their own version of Silicon Valley. Add in the financial support of the Chinese government and their desire to take risks, it’s only a matter of time before China’s Silicon Valley will bypass the U.S. tech-hub.

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The first funding round for Victoria’s $60 million innovation fund has received nearly 400 applications in a testament to the local ecosystem’s growing momentum, LaunchVic board member Phillip Kingston says.

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The last 24 days mark the longest period in which bitcoin prices have been less volatile than gold prices. Digital gold is starting to look slightly more stable than its physical counterpart.  

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