WEEK STARTING 3 AUGUST
AUSTRALIAN FINTECH & STARTUPS
Aussie-founded eCommerce platform ‘BigCommerce' floated on the NASDAQ and absolutely skyrocketed. Link
Mozo released ‘Marketview’, a Product to compare retail banking products. Link
BNPL Splitit raised $100m for global expansion. Link
Zip Co's personal finance manager, 'Pocketbook' has gone through a massive refresh. New product looks swanky and I love the tag line 'One App to Rule Them All'. Link
Awesome use case of Up banking’s API that I wrote about last week - a web browser version of the app. Link
Long read: What is Amazon? Link
Analysis: Why the term ‘full stack’ is dead. Link
More analysis: How does Shazam work? Link
Germany plans to dim floodlights at night to fight the decline in insect population. Link
Satire: Team of Sydneysiders deployed to Melbourne to help them live in a city with no nightlife. Link
Completely unrelated: Origin of the word ‘Oops’ (tl;dr no-one really knows where it comes from). Link
Answers at the end of the email.
(a) What theme links the following answers to these questions: 1) The 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded for the discovery of this. 2) What happens on Tinder when two people both swipe right? 3) This term refers to very heavy rain. 4) The films Precious and Juno share what theme? 5) What day comes after Christmas?
(b) Aus PM Scott Morrison was nicknamed ’Scotty from Marketing’ because he spent time as Managing Director of Tourism Australia in 2006. What controversial (and now ironic) Australian tourism slogan was formulated under his leadership in that same year?
(c) Which Australian state’s capital doesn’t have a passenger train service?
(d) What is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica? Is it zero, 11, or 21 degrees? (celsius)
(e) I want you to take one word & put it inside another word to make a third word. The outside word means worthy of devotion. The inside word means a place of rest or retreat. The combined word is an eight letter word meaning without cheating. What is the combined word?