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Big deals show how tech is reshaping Australia’s economy

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been more than $10 billion worth of deals for local technology companies.

21 June 2021

OIF, Leigh Jasper back virtual inspection play Inspace

A tech company instrumental in a suite of high-profile commercial property deals this year, Inspace, has now done a deal of its own..... more

26 October 2021

Afterpay founders 'should stick around'

Afterpay's planned $39bn sale to Square will be the biggest tech software transaction in Australian history, and the nation's previous holder, Aconex co-founder, Leigh Jasper, has a lesson or two.... more

11 August 2021

Carol Schwartz, Leigh Jasper back Circle In

The who’s who of angel investors and tech-types have bought into parent support platform Circle In, which has already won a host of big name clients including Medibank Private, Atlassian and Culture Amp.... more

30 June 2021

Equiem acquires British Land’s Vicinitee tenant portal

Tenant portal Equiem will expand into 157 buildings across the UK including London’s flagship office towers The Shard and The Gherkin after the Melbourne-founded company acquired the software platform..... more

27 April 2021

First secondary VC fund offers founders ‘life-changing’ wealth

Australia’s first secondary venture capital fund, SecondQuarter Ventures, which buys out parts of existing stakes in start-ups, has banked another $21 million for its first fund.... more

22 March 2021

Leigh Jasper returns as investor in VendorPanel funding

Leigh Jasper-backed procurement tech company VendorPanel has added a range of big-name backers to its share register in a $4.5 million round.... more

1 March 2021

Tech jobs could flee offshore, Aconex founder warns

The founder of successful local software start-up Aconex, Leigh Jasper, warns that the next wave of tech jobs could flee offshore.... more

23 February 2021

‘Huge opportunity’ in construction tech: Aconex co-founder backs Matrak

Construction technology startup Matrak has banked $5.85 million in fresh funding from cloud software firm Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper and venture capital fund Rampers and.... more

25 January 2021

‘Fund of funds’ a boost for start-ups

If there was any doubt about start-ups and their capacity to be massive job multipliers then look no further than Australian start-up success stories such as..... more

25 November 2020

Aconex founders back $6m construction tech start-up round

Construction technology start-up Buildxact has banked a $6 million funding round, with Aconex co-founder Rob Phillpot leading the investment after the business recorded more than 140 per cent year-growth revenue since March..... more

30 November 2020

IFM to buy stake in digital claims group

The $160bn IFM Investors and Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper have teamed up to co-invest in Melbourne construction software platform Zuuse, ..... more

4 November 2020

There's JobKeeper and JobMaker, now we need JobMultiplier

We need more JobMultiplier programs that invest in the founders and teams that are building the future economy, through the next generation of Australian start-ups..... more

12 October 2020

R&D reversal to spur job creation, more investment

Australia's most innovative companies are gearing up to increase their research and development activity, with more jobs expected to flow into the sector..... more

8 October 2020

How Afterpay and Whispir led tech out of the wilderness

Australian tech companies have had a breakout year despite, or perhaps because of, the toughest economic conditions in decades. Adapting to the in disruption is key..... more

8 September 2020

Tech stars raise more than $30m for new secondary fund

A group of high profile Australian technology investors and innovators have joined forces to start the country's first secondary fund.... more

3 September 2020

Billionaires bankroll fund for tech firms

The venture capital arm of the Tarascio family is joining with former Aconex founder Leigh Jasper to bankroll a new tech fund.... more

3 September 2020

“Creating the jobs of the future”: Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper to chair LaunchVic board

Victoria’s startup agency LaunchVic has appointed four new board members, including Leigh Jasper, co-founder of construction unicorn Aconex, as chair..... more

8 July 2020

New LaunchVic board to boost startups jobs and economic recovery

New chair Leigh Jasper brings a wealth of entrepreneurial, management, venture capital and board-level experience to the position.... more

7 July 2020

Startup backed by Aconex founders looks to make a splash in paint market

Frustrated that paint companies were not using their technology to push online sales, the founders of colour recognition startup Palette decided to launch a direct-to-consumer paint company themselves.... more

21 February 2020

Aconex founder gets back on the tools in $8.5m Buildxact investment

Three months since leaving Oracle, Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper has joined the board and advisory team at construction tech company Buildxact, as part of his growing portfolio of start-up investments... more

10 December 2019

'Under-employed' Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper gets set to invest

Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper might currently be "happily underemployed", though he's got little free time as he searches for Australia's next big thing... more

25 October 2019

AmazingCo attracts cash after wowing US

Experiences start-up AmazingCo has surprised its cohort of high-profile investors by cracking the lucrative US market quicker than expected, leading the company to raise an additional $5.1 million.... more

9 September 2019

Versatile Natures Raises $5.5M Seed As Global Interest in Construction Tech Heats Up

Versatile Natures, a startup using machine learning and AI  to improve construction processes, has raised $5.5 million in seed funding... more

21 August 2019

Aconex founders lead investment in food tech start-up Fresho

The co-founders of Australian tech success story Aconex are among the investors in a $3 million funding round for Fresho, an online platform that lets restaurants order produce directly from suppliers.... more

17 June 2019

Mining tech firm inks new BHP deal

A technology firm backed by investment banker John Wylie, Red Bubble founder Martin Hosking and the founders of KordaMentha has struck an expanded partnership with BHP.... more

11 June 2019

KPMG, Aconex founders back legal disrupter Plexus

Aconex co-founders Leigh Jasper and Rob Phillpot have joined big-four consulting firm KPMG in investing $4.65 million into Plexus, a former law firm turned legal tech company.... more

9 May 2019

End 'smoke signals' to attract more tech founders to ASX

The ASX is at risk of becoming less attractive to entrepreneurs because its clunky approach to founder share sales emits "smoke signals".... more

6 May 2019

22 October 2018

Oracle's $1.6b acquisition of Australian start-up Aconex 15 years in the making

When Oracle came knocking with a $1.6 billion bid for construction software company Aconex late last year, it wasn't the first time the local tech success story had fielded offers.... more

More regulatory oversight needed for short traders: Aconex's Leigh Jasper

Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper has hit out at traders who shorted the stock ahead of its $1.6 billion sale to Oracle, saying there needs to be more oversight and regulatory consequences for spreading false rumours.... more

8 October 2018

BOSS True Leaders 2018: Aconex co-founders Leigh Jasper and Rob Phillpot

At the Aconex shareholder meeting in March, tears flowed freely from board members, early investors and friends and family of founders Leigh Jasper and Rob Phillpot when the deal for the company to be acquired by US tech giant Oracle for $1.6 billion was given the green light.... more

9 August 2018

Emotions on display as Aconex takeover deal gets the green light

There wasn't a dry eye in the house. It's not usually a phrase associated with shareholder meetings, but it's the best way to describe the emotion displayed at Wednesday's scheme meeting to vote on Oracle's $1.6 billion bid to buy construction software company Aconex.... more

14 March 2018

Aconex revenue jumps 12.8 per cent led by US growth

Construction software company Aconex has been bolstered by strong growth in its international markets, led by the US, resulting in a 12.8 per cent jump in revenue for the first half to $86.9 million.... more

20 February 2018

The Aussie investors set to profit from Aconex's $1.6 billion sale

A family who started a chain of discount retail stores in Tasmania and a director of New Zealand telecommunications company Spark are among the big winners from Oracle's $1.6 billion acquisition of construction tech company Aconex.... more

19 December 2017

Aconex journey to $1.6b payday started on the squash court

Oracle's $1.6 billion takeover of Aconex – at a whopping premium of 47 per cent – crystallises the Melbourne company's status as one of our true global tech stars of the last 20 years.... more

18 December 2017

Oracle's $1.6b Aconex takeover says a lot about Australian tech

Oracle's $1.6 billion cash takeover of construction software company, Aconex, has put the spotlight on the potentially huge under valuation of listed companies in Australia's nascent information technology sector.... more

18 December 2017

Aconex deal shows investors ignore Aussie tech at their peril

Mike Cannon-Brookes has warned Australian fund managers to ignore Aussie tech firms at their peril, after construction software company Aconex announced a $1.6 billion acquisition offer from Oracle on Monday and sparked a brutal rout of short sellers who had attacked the stock.... more

18 December 2017

Aconex founders Jasper, Phillpot buy into Grollo's proptech company Equiem

Aconex founders Leigh Jasper and Rob Phillpot have bought into Lorenz Grollo's Equiem as part of the property portal company's second-round capital raising.... more

26 October 2016

Aussie software company started in a kitchen leads the world

Search through the top 200 public companies in Australia and there are only a handful of global leaders with distinct competitive advantages in their fields of endeavour.... more

24 March 2016