Saturday, November 18, 2017

Trade Samurai

I just got back from our Innovation tour in the United States.  Wow!  Things are moving fast and opportunity is everywhere!

One of the hottest markets are definitely FinTech and Broking.  We met with the Charles Schwabb company (A US Broker) and they are investing big in The Fintech space - and online do it yourself broking.


I have two very close friends here in Sydney, Australia, whose businessTrade Samurai, is right in the centre of these markets… where social media, broking, fintech, learning  and gamification 

and they are doing a share offer right now, so there is an opportunity to invest if you’re interested?

Check this out. I would live be your feedback.

This is what Savannah has to say 

Trade Samurai

Trade Samurai is an exciting financial business which is truly revolutionary.  This business combines four of the hottest sectors:

• FinTech
• Broking
• Gaming
• Social media

Here is a short video to watch which outlines the business and the share offer:

Please click on this link to view:


Trade Samurai is a free App which people can downloadfor their mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc).  They can then learn about trading the financial markets (stocks, CFDs, futures, forex) by playing a fun and engaging Samurai themed game.

Gamification is the best way for people to learn new skills, and Trade Samurai has been designed with the help of Octalysis, one of the world’s leading gamification expert firms.

Clients can open trading accounts with, Trade Samurai’s broking partner.  IG is one of the world’s largest and most respected brokers.  They have offices in 17 countries around the world and allow clients to trade on almost every exchange and product available globally, including US stocks, Australian stocks, CFDs, currencies, options, futures, gold, oil, bitcoin and much more!

Trade Samurai then provides clients with expert trade recommendations sent directly to their mobile device (iPhone, iPad, etc).  These trade recommendations tell clients exactly what to trade, when to enter, what price to trade and where to put stop losses and profit targets.

The key to teaching people how to trade is to get them to trade themselves.  Only by doing something will clients learn to become experienced traders.  If people receive expert trade recommendations and it’s easy to place the trade, then people will trade!  

Trade Samurai makes the entire trading experience fun, intuitive, educational and simple.

There are literally millions and millions of people, all around the world, who would love to learn how to trade the markets.  Trade Samurai makes that experience for them very easy and accessible.


Trade Samurai generates revenue in two main ways:

1.  Subscription fees for the trade recommendations

2. Broking fee revenue sharing with IG

The subscription fees for the trade recommendations are very competitively priced at only $19.99 per month.  

The Broking fee revenue sharing with IG is the main source of revenue for the business.  Please watch the video above for a detailed outline.  Here’s a hint… this is a very low overhead, high profit margin business!  

Here’s that link again to the video:

Internationally scalable:

Though Trade Samurai started in Australia the plan is to expand internationally into the markets where IG already operates, including Singapore, UK, Europe, Japan, China, S.E Asia, South Africa and North America.  

As the business is primarily delivered via an App, the service can be made available to millions and millions of potential clients around the world.  Hence why this is a very low overhead business model.

I’ve personally known and worked with the directors of Trade Samurai for many, many years.  I can personally vouch for their professionalism, integrity and commitment to their clients, investors and business partners.

Share Offer:

The share offer is now open.  Please visit to download the Offer Information Statement and share application form.

The minimum investment is only $2,499 and is available to both Retail and Wholesale investors, as well as international investors.

This is a ground floor, exciting opportunity to be a shareholder in a new breed of international financial services business.

I encourage you to take the time to watch the video and download the Offer Information Statement.

As a special bonus, Savannah has agreed to extend to all those who invest in Trade Samurai her Stock Market Case Study videos at no charge!  Normally these videos, which explain six key trading events, sold for more than $3,000.  She will provide them free of charge to those who invests.

But be quick… this offer is only open until Dec 15, 2017!


If you would like to contact the Founder and CEO of Trade Samurai directly, please contact Savannah Jackson at

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This smart Blockchain venture is on sale

Email from Tony Perkins 

I hope this email finds you well.

As a tech business editor, my view is that blockchain, AI and the emerging crypto-currencies marketplace are driving the third wave of the Internet and will continue to disrupt the VC world and broader financial markets.

A leading company in this revolution is Alchemist’s new partner at DealBox who are helping us choreograph and execute on our own ICO. 

I am a huge believer in DealBox and what they are doing.  I wanted to forward to my friends an inside look at what they are doing to help companies such as Alchemist, and how they offer crypto-investors great access to highly screened, pre-ICO deals.

As you will also see below, DealBox is kicking off their pre-ICO and you can be a part of it, if this is of interest. By purchasing their discounted DLBX tokens you will have first access to professionally vetted pre-ICOs. Currently they have around 10 blockchain ventures being prepped for launch. 

Their token is pegged internally to $1 USD and can repurchased on their platform after use for the original discounted price. Very interesting model to say the least.

DealBox has a stellar team and a lot of gravity in the Fintech space.

If you have questions and want to reach out to the CEO or CTO of DealBox feel free to message them on LinkedIn. 

Thomas Carter | CEO
Charles Voltron | CTO

Thank you.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tony Perkins, Founder & Editor
Sunrise [Silicon Valley]

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wechat owners takes a major stake in Snapchat

New WeChat data report released just now at the Tencent Global Partner conference in Chengdu, Sichuan. Some interesting stats:

3.5 million monthly ACTIVE WeChat official accounts (first ever time for WeChat to release a number of active business accounts)

797 million monthly active followers of official accounts. Quite impressive, more than I would have estimated.

902 million daily logged in active users from September 2017.

Chinese Tencent - takes a major stake in Snapchat

Snap loses discloses Tencent's $2B stake 
Snap's senior VP of engineering will step aside just as the company plans to release a comprehensive overhaul of its signature Snapchat platform.

Meanwhile, Snap has disclosed that Chinese internet giant Tencent has accumulated a massive stake in the business via the open market:

As Snap’s new filing also pointed out, Tencent tctzf is also a competitor to Snap snap . The Chinese firm is best known for its WeChat messaging app, although it has also build up a massive investment portfolio and is even building self-driving car technology. On Wednesday, Tencent’s e-book unit China Literature held an IPO that saw its Shares double in price.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Big Week for Tech

Thanks to Crunchbase 

Tech had a big week, with some of its largest players reporting earnings. (Hint: They all did well.)

Shifting to startups, we dug into the self-driving space, working to understand the money pouring into the market category. Along the same lines, we explored the AR/VR space, looking into how often startups in the niche are acquired.

On the subject of acquisitions, Snap reportedly got to work with its checkbook this week, snagging another company for a sub-$100 million price tag. (How the late-stage market will fare in a few years is an open question.)

And, of course, ICOs came up. How could they not.

For more stories, make sure to swipe down. Otherwise, take a moment to follow us on Twitter for a daily drip of Crunchbase News

Quantifying The Driverless Startup Boom

In an effort to put the deal-making in autonomous cars in perspective, Crunchbase News has aggregated some of the metrics for startup investment in the space.

Who Will Win The Self-Driving Race? →

Giant Steps: How Big Tech Just Keeps Getting Bigger:

After the bell on Thursday, a trio of major tech companies released their earnings reports en masse. And the results were strong, with each firm beating both revenue and profit expectations set by Wall Street.

How Big Can Big Get?


Top Heavy US VC Market May Lose Footing As Early-Stage Deals Slip Away

There appears to be a slow but consistent hollowing-out of the domestic seed and early-stage end of the deal pipeline.

How Far Can Seed Fall?

Cryptos Hit All Time Highs As Bitcoin Shines, Alts Hover

Today, the aggregate value of cryptocurrencies set new records, spiking to nearly $185 billion as of the time of writing. The amount crests prior records set when August concluded, and the summer hit its midpoint.

To The Moon →


ICOs Race Ahead As Seed Capital Falters

Two trends are combining to create an interesting market moment: As seed-stage capital in the United States slips, ICOs are forging ahead. The trends divergence is notable, but not as clear as we might have hoped.

 ICOs Raise Billions →

AR/VR Acquisition Pace Picks Up Despite Industry Setbacks

Nearly every major tech company has a stake in augmented or virtual reality. Or both. But even though some of the world’s largest companies are diving headfirst into both AR and VR, the categories remain nascent.

How Many AR/VR Deals? →


Snap Snags Adtech Startup To Assuage Advertisers

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, reportedly bought adtech play Metamarkets. TechCrunch reports that the deal will settle for less than $100 million. What’s Snap doing?

Snap Goes Shopping →

Tweet of the Week: 

"What's the difference between AI and ML?"

"It's AI when you're raising money, it's ML when you're trying to hire people."


Bitcoin, cryptos hit new highs

Bitcoin surged past $7,000 for the first time, with its value now more than triple what it was six months ago. Bitcoin’s rise comes as the aggregate value of cryptocurrencies sets new records, reaching close to $185 billion this week.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

A map of the Australian innovation ecosystem

(Note from Ivan Kaye .... are proud to play a part in helping innovators access grants and capital and help entrepreneurs and innovators grow through collaboration and learning ) 

Chas Renando has created a great map of where AUSTRALIAN Innovation happens together with the players  

Mapping the innovation ecosystem helps us navigate the loose network of individuals and organisations focused on helping innovative startups and entrepreneurs build, grow, and scale their business. A map creates a shared understanding and a basis for measuring to provide for better decisions.

With this in mind, and as part of an overall measurement project, I present a collection of ecosystem actors on a Google Map as an initial reference point.

Other mapping projects including the Startup Muster report and the StartupAus Crossroads update will shed more insights into the state of the ecosystem. 

Others to note at the national level are Taylor Tran doing good work documenting the state of coworking in Australia, Angela Bee Chan supporting with Hackathons Australia, and Dianna Sommerville leading regional innovation through the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest.

The link to the Google Map is here.

Diversity and density in the Australian Innovation Ecosystem

A quick note overall on the Australian innovation ecosystem, which is unique in terms of diversity and density.

The nation's relatively small population is spread across a large land mass and focused in a handful of capital cities. Density and access to diversity and specialist skills can be a challenge, limiting serendipitous collisions and introduction of new ways of thinking critical to innovation activity. The continent's natural borders create barriers to inhibit natural migration of startup activity and external knowledge.

These barriers are being overcome, such as with programs like Startup Catalyst's trips into overseas innovation markets, conferences such as Startcon and Myriad that bring in international speakers and investors, and Advance Queensland's HotDesQ program that incentivises international startups to bring skills and innovation into the country.  

The Australian innovation ecosystem can be seen as a whole, and also as being made up of individual ecosystems in each state, metro city center, and regional area. Each has unique attributes of the local area and cultural influence at the national level. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane ecosystem are as distinct as those in Boulder, Colorado or Silicon Valley, while all share attributes of Australian startup culture as distinct from that found in the US or Europe.  


This map is incomplete. I post it here for feedback and in the interest of shipping before perfection. Some additional caveats:

Accuracy and completeness: Some things were missed, some I expect embarrassingly obvious. Please comment below and they can be added.

This is a start: A more updateable and user friendly system is in development. The work is a constant balance of wanting the results to be perfect and getting the work out for feedback. Feedback wins, enjoy the map.

This is an interpretation: The categorisation and classification is an assessment after visiting every website and many hours looking at other great lists like Airtree Venture's spreadsheet, Simone Eyles's map of regional and rural coworking spaces, and google searches. Other perspectives are welcome.

Currency: The ecosystem is dynamic and new actors are entering and exiting regularly.

Multiple representations: The categorisation means that an accelerator program may also be a coworking space and an investment group. A space offering a program and an investment fund will support all the activities simultaneously in a region, so each is listed separately for the region in which they operate.

Location-based representation: Organisations with multiple offices are mapped per office, as it reflects local availability to the ecosystem. Some programs are national or virtual, and it can be difficult and perhaps not useful to identify a single location. But geography is the unit of measure for a physical map. Where no location was listed, I pulled the base of operations from the privacy policy or an ABN lookup. Where an organisation did not have an address, it is stacked in the city centre. This results in several organisations stacked on each other in one location.



Coworking spaces, Innovation hubs, Makerspaces / Hackerspaces / Artspace

Coworking  spaces provide opportunities for startups to work efficiently, create serendipitous collisions, and build community with like-minded individuals who can assist growth. The diversity of needs in a community result in a range of types of spaces.

Tim Mahlberg co-authored a great report on coworking spaces that outlines seven archetypes of coworking: Creative collective, Social studio, Digital den, Urbpreneur pad, Townhall terminal, Corporate community, and Executive establishment. These are based on seven dimensions: Location, space concept, coworking focus, ownership, industry focus, member type, and openness to new members.

I did not get as granular, opting for three categories: 

Coworking space, Innovation hub, and Hackerspace / makerspace / artspace. This distinction is made based on the extent that the space had evidence of programs or infrastructure to support being an innovation hub or hackerspace.

An innovation hub requires additional resources for programs, which necessitates additional revenue streams and different business models. More innovation hubs in a region could be considered reflective of future entrepreneurial activity.

Hackerspace /makerspace / artspace locations focus on the ideation and creation stage, and some offer coworking. These are critical to the ecosystem to develop ideas and talent. Emerging artspaces provide specialist infrastructure around creative industries without necessarily being supported by structured programming. The hackerspaces is one area I know is under-represented on the map.

Accelerator / Incubator programs

Accelerator or incubator programs can be short-term or ongoing, but are generally cohort-based with a start and stop date. Accelerator or incubator programs can run virtually, but are often based out of a dedicated space. Virtual or distributed programs are mapped at best guess where the program headquarters are based.

Programs can be the most dynamic to map, with many programs being short-term for a single cohort. The majority of programs mapped are ongoing.


Investment groups connect investors to startups and manage funds focused on entrepreneurial activity. To be considered, the group had to reflect a focus on early-stage investments.

Connection programs and groups

Connection programs and groups act as boundary spanners and glue for the innovation ecosystem, facilitating connections, introductions, advocacy, and support. These generally have a focus on geography (Australia, state or local government, regional or rural), technology or sector (agriculture, bitcoin, Fintech), or demographic (gender). National groups are mapped based on the location of the headquarters, where known

Data cut

I am cautious to make too many observations acknowledging caveats about completeness and categorisation. I expect a few rounds of feedback to change categorisation and add actors.

The Queensland government's Advance Queensland initiative's support for regional innovation activity combined with activation by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entreprenur is having an impact on the number of regional spaces delivering dedicated innovation programs. This is expected to have a direct impact on future entrepreneurial outcomes including number of startups and employment in new sectors.

Higher population density plays a large part in the number of ecosystem actors. I expect more coworking spaces in Victoria and New South Wales to nominate as innovation hubs. New South Wales has a significant investment representation and a strong FinTech focus.

Hackerspaces are missed in the review and need updating.