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WEEK STARTING 21 JAN


AUSTRALIAN FINTECH

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

BIG TECH

Jeff Bezos’ phone was allegedly hacked by Saudi Arabia's crown prince. Link

Trivago misled customers on hotel deals. Law Suit? Trivago. Link

POTPOURRI

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.

TRIVIA 
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”? 

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(b) Antarctica

(c) Ketchup
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