5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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

1. We need to have a chat about mental health. The stresses which come with building a tech company are huge. The sacrifices founders make to turn their ideas into an operating business can be so high they are left with nothing. But it’s a dark side of the industry which we rarely acknowledge. Business Insider journo Biz Carson detailed some of the struggles about 30% of the most brilliant people in tech deal with here. But over the weekend, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes put his own hand up, saying he had experienced the ups and downs too. Speaking out on the issue shows those who are going through it that they’re not alone. Good on you MCB.

2. The Federal Government is gearing up to submit intellectual property holders and users’ rights to a review by the Productivity Commission. But industry leader Russell Yardley said small business minister Bruce Billson had an opportunity to revamp Australia’s IP laws and should include young entrepreneurs in the review process. There’s more here.

3. Tech company Netccentric will list on the ASX today after raising $12.5 million. Full story is here.

4. CBA has a new digital boss. Current retail CIO Pete Steel will assume the role of head of digital after Lisa Frazier departed the organisation last week. There’s more at IT News.

5. The 14 most exciting new tech products that will launch before the end of the year. We’re only halfway there, which means companies such as Apple, Google and Samsung still have plenty of time to release new products inpreparation for Christmas. We’ve compiled a list of what to look forward to here.

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