5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Fishburners’ Annie Parker. (Source: supplied)

Here’s the top tech news to take you into the weekend:

1. Queensland startup SafetyCulture has shut its San Francisco office. Founder and chief Luke Anear still had not found the right person to lead the branch a year on and the logistics of having staff so far away from the product hub in Australia just didn’t work, so he pulled the pin. Read more on the decision here.

2. Fishburners boss Murray Hurps is leaving, with Annie Parker taking over as interim CEO on Monday. The shock news comes just a week after Fishburners ended a three-year quest to find new Sydney facilities, revealing it would be an anchor tenant in NSW government’s new $35 million hub on York St. Hurps said now that the future for Fishburners is secure, it’s time for him to move on. Read more here.

3. Australia’s only publicly listed wearable tech startup has raised $9 million. Nuheara, which makes earbuds that help people hear in noisy places like pubs, issued 97.8 million new ordinary shares to institutional investors in order to raise money to boost global sales and perform further research & development. Read more here.

4. Take a look inside Atlassian’s new Sydney office. Business Insider was lucky enough to tour the downtown facilities, and the meeting and solo pods are like something out of science fiction. Check out the photos here.

5. Sydney’s centre for tech is called ‘Silicon Place’. Commercial property consultancy JLL found in its research that the Martin Place area, where Atlassian’s old and new offices are located, has become a dominant hub for the nation’s most prominent tech companies. Read more on what other companies live there and why the area is so attractive.

Bonus: 9 Teslas have been stolen in Europe by hackers that circumvented the GPS tracking system. Read more here.

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