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Jonathan Rubinsztein, new CEO of Nuix, has been in the top job for six months.

Nuix fails to score new customers, shares fall 10pc

Nuix shares hit a record low on Monday, after the embattled software company warned lacklustre new customer sales is likely to hit revenue.

  • Jessica Sier
Dave Excell, founder of AI anti-fraud company Featurespace.

Aussie AI whizz left to study at Cambridge, but founded a unicorn

Dave Excell just wanted to do a PhD, but serendipity led him to switch from study to start-ups. Now his artificial intelligence business is heading for unicorn status.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
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Why ANZ’s $4.5b MYOB acquisition plan always looked a non-starter

ANZ’s pursuit of Suncorp gave it a nice reason to pull the pin on a planned $4.5 billion deal for MYOB.

  • Adir Shiffman
Bombora’s taken a stake in Auckland-based Javln.

Bombora spears into NZ with Javln deal

Australian pre-IPO investor Bombora Investment Management has crossed the Tasman for its first deal in New Zealand.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

The billionaire who is happy to pay more tax than he should

Rich Lister Grant Petty credits his humble upbringing for shaping his success in a country that is too focused on rule followers wearing the right suit.

  • Julie-anne Sprague
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John Hempton says the stellar performance of his short book needs to be seen in context.

How Australia’s top short sellers came in from the cold

After those such as John Hempton, Phil King and Ben McGarry spent the pandemic boom in the wilderness, rising rates and falling markets have been a boon.

  • James Thomson

Yesterday

Software is fast becoming a distinctive part of the decarbonisation economy.

How to use software to eat carbon emissions

The process of carbon-labelling food items and other consumer goods and services will soon be able to draw on the power of software and AI.

  • Kate Howitt

This Month

WiseTech CEO Richard White.

WiseTech shares jump after raising earnings forecast

The logistics software provider has lifted its annual earnings forecast, pointing to stronger top-line growth and improved cost savings.

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  • Jessica Sier
Butn co-CEOs Rael Ross (glasses) and Walter Rapopor see opportunity for Butn if ANZ buys MYOB.

Struggling fintech sees opportunity in ANZ’s MYOB deal

There may be more than meets the eye in the bank’s potential acquisition of the accounting software company, as tech companies hope the boost goes both ways.

  • Jessica Sier and Ayesha de Kretser
Megaport’s board is overseen by entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, who also has about a 5 per cent stake in the company.

Megaport dials in Bank of America for defence work

Wall Street bigwig Bank of America has knocked off rivals to be appointed house adviser to telco infrastructure group Megaport. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Damstra executive chairman Johannes Risseeuw and CEO Christian Damstra each own about a 10 per cent stake in the company.

Forgotten about software group Damstra takes a walk down PE lane

US suitor Accel-KKR is believed to have knocked on Damstra’s door, before sailing off into the sunset.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
The Network’s Gary Hinksman and Insitec CEO Michael Branch have done a deal for Insitec to acquire the IT recruiter.

Defence tech company hunts cashed-up partner to fuel growth

IT systems integrator Insitec has acquired tech recruiter The Network as part of its ambitious growth plans to hit $400 million in revenue within a few years.

  • Yolanda Redrup

June

Stephen Ruffels spent almost 15 years at ResMed, before joining Harrison.ai and now he’ll lead its joint venture with Sonic, Franklin.ai.

How Sonic Healthcare and a local AI start-up will shake up pathology

Sonic and Harrison.ai have teamed up to launch Franklin.ai, aiming to speed up the diagnosis and detection of cancer, and other tissue-based diseases.

  • Yolanda Redrup
Megaport is preparing for any takeover threat.

Megaport puts defence mandate on the line, takes pitches

Telco infrastructure play Megaport is shoring up its takeover defences, recognising that a bombed out share price could leave it vulnerable to an opportunistic bid. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Joel Friedlaender, Cliniko CEO

Why this software founder wants to slow down growth and enjoy life

Cliniko has all the hallmarks of a potential unicorn, but its founder, Joel Friedlaender, says he doesn’t want to spoil his life and his happy company by getting too big.

  • Yolanda Redrup
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Automic Group CEO Paul Williams is building a full service firm for listed companies.

Five V-backed Automic Group buys investor relations firm Market Eye

Automic Group and Market Eye are collectively expected to have a value between $350 million to $400 million.

  • Yolanda Redrup
Appen CEO Mark Brayan has been working to transform the company by investing in automating processes.

Technical glitch adds to Appen investor frustration

Sold-off services company Appen held its technology day on Thursday, but it started with a 40-minute glitch thanks to a hardware malfunction.

  • Yolanda Redrup
PayGroup’s Mark Samlal supports the takeover offer from Deel.

US tech unicorn lobs $119m bid for PayGroup

Multibillion-dollar global compliance and payroll platform Deel has made a $119 million offer for ASX-listed PayGroup.

  • Yolanda Redrup
Andrew Laycock, Shaype founder.

Banking on the cloud: CBA’s Kit shows new ways to build apps

Banking-as-a-service, cloud computing and APIs have radically changed bank product development. Here’s how Shaype helped CBA launch a kids app in five months.

  • James Eyers
ANZ is working with a couple of  bulge brackets on its tilt at MYOB.

MacCap, UBS help ANZ Bank do MYOB’s numbers; CS sell-side

ANZ Banking Group isn’t acting alone in its pursuit of KKR & Co’s accounting software group, MYOB. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood