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Fistfights, funding and free lunches 🥷

March 28, 2024

Things that should be on your radar this month 👀

🍿 Grab the popcorn…Employment Hero vs Hostplus. A public dispute goes nuclear between the double unicorn and superannuation giant Hostplus.

💰 Two in five Australian SMEs admit to payroll errors, as small businesses struggle with the complexities of modern awards.

🥐 There’s no such thing as a free lunch- cashback rewards collecting data. But is it any different to your Woolies rewards?

🦄 Time & attendance app Deputy achieved unicorn status this month, breaking Australia’s 2-year tech-unicorn draught.

💸 Five ANZ startups raised $36.4 million this week, including Marmalade, a payment solution for SMEs that allows them to pay their invoices on demand.

The highs 📈  and lows 📉 of small business life


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Our tech this month

✉️Another month, another organisational tool. We were impressed with the look of Amie, a one-stop shop for your to-dos, calendar, and email.  Plus, their website is slick. 

🐕Sometimes, you just want things to look pretty - including your email signature. Check out Signature Hound to create your stylish sign-off - it’s free. 

🎤We’ve just discovered Bluedot, an AI-powered Chrome extension for Google Meet. The tool lets you record, transcribe, and summarise your meetings accurately. We have tested it out with a few internal meetings and it’s looking pretty promising!

Productivity hack 👩‍💻

For a while now, we’ve been using Coupler, a tool that connects multiple data sources into one spot, producing simple reports in a single source of truth. We’ve connected Hubspot and Xero data to Google Sheets, allowing us to match the sales pipeline data to cash flow forecasts accurately. Coupler offers a better team plan if you have multiple users, but there’s also Coefficient, which has a better free plan but is more expensive when you want to add more users. Currently, Coefficient doesn’t connect with Xero, but we’ll see whether that changes over time. 

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That's just our two pennies' worth.

Liam and Amy, co-founders of Project Alfred

(changing the way people think about accounting)

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