WEEK STARTING 21 JAN
Raiz will now provide the option to invest in a Bitcoin retail fund, following some legal battles with ASIC. The fund exposes 5% to the price of BTC. Link
Neobank 'Volt' closed a $70m Series C, is opening up a $50m Series D, and is planning to float later this year. Link. Their general-availability Product is expected to go live in February and is currently open to waitlist customers only.
Aside: I installed the app and had trouble verifying my identity during the on-boarding process. I tried a few different types of ID to no avail, then dropped off altogether. A few moments later, I received a call from a volt team member to proceed with a manual IDV process. That was a fantastic user experience. I searched through the reviews of other neobanks on Google and found that the majority, of 1 and 2-star reviews were due to errors in the electronic identity verification process. Super interesting.
Westpac is getting a new Chairman, John McFarlane. Link
Jeff Bezos’ phone was allegedly hacked by Saudi Arabia's crown prince. Link
Trivago misled customers on hotel deals. Law Suit? Trivago. Link
Interactive: an archive of Apple products since its inception. Link
Kaufland, the supermarket touted as the Aldi 2.0, pulled their Australian expansion plans in incredibly-last-minute fashion. There's now a whole heap of empty & cleared land where Kaufland was meant to live. Link
Time waster: Cool tool that renders every single road within a city. Looks unreal. Link
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Everynoise.com. A mesmerising, clickable map of every possible music genre as listed by Spotify. Spiel from the website: "Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,837 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2020-01-17.” Say goodbye to a few hours and get some neo-synthpop or some rap ivoire into you.
Answers at the end of the email
(a) The suits in what deck of cards include wands, pentacles & cups?
(b) Which territory is connected to the domain extension .aq?
(c) Which condiment gets its name from the Chinese for "pickled fish brine”?