5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Liquorun founder Joel Macdonald looks like he’ll tie up with a high growth US tech company. Image: Supplied.

It’s Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know in Australian tech today.

1. This Aussie startup looks like it might tie up with a high-growth US delivery company. We understand it’s the $US2 billion grocery delivery startup Instacart but the founder is tight-lipped on that. You can read all about it here.

2. Australia now has a startup which wants to help the people determine what their home loan interest rates should be by using the power of a social network. You can read all about dfinanz and its team, all career bankers before they made the jump to fintech startup land, here.

3. Telstra has landed a $23 million contract with mining machine manufacturer Komatsu to help develop Machine-to-Machine tech over the next three years. Telstra will provide voice, data, mobile and a number of ICT services including M2M and cloud tech to help the mining equipment company innovate. With the drop off in the mining sector, big manufacturers have been looking for ways to tech-up their offerings to improve productivity and boost the amount of data mining companies can take advantage of.

4. Fun and games. Australian gaming startup Prettygreat has closed a $500,000 seed funding round and taken on the creators of mobile game Crossy Roads, which has had 90 million downloads, as shareholders and partners. Founded in February 2015 by Luke Muscat, Phil Larsen and Hugh Walters, the trio are former Halfbrick employees, where Muscat was creator and designer of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Larsen was CMO, and Walters was an art director for a number of projects. The startup is expected to announce its first game in coming months.

5. Deloitte has added another tech company to its ranks. The consulting company has acquired Oracle specialist Dataweave for an undisclosed amount. According to the AFR the company’s annual sales could be as high as between $8 million and $10 million. It’s the firm’s fourth tech acquisition in a year as it looks to boost its muscle in the sector. There’s more here.

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