5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

It’s Origin decider day. Here’s what you need to know before the epic battle of the states.

1. It looks like Apple Watch sales are tanking. If Slice Intelligence estimates are anything to go by, sales volumes of the device are now at about 5000 a day. More here.

2. Robot wars. While the Ashes gets underway tonight and the State of Origin final kicks off, there’s a new sport brewing. It’s an all out robot war and the new league will see the US face off against Japan next year. Our question is, when will Australia get in on the action? More here.

3. Big rounds aren’t always good rounds. After closing a $2 million funding round led by Blackbird Ventures, the founder of Australian startup AffinityLive has three reasons why running small, incremental rounds are better for his company. He says raising too much before you need it might mean your operations get too fat and hit a wall. More on that here.

4. Make Dave proud. SurveyMonkey appointed former HP exec Bill Veghte as its permanent CEO, an announcement which was met with cheers and tears at the company’s office. Veghte was a long-time friend of Goldberg’s. There’s more here.

5. Nearmap goes far. The Australian listed photo mapping startup expects revenues for FY15 to come in around $23 million, up 29% year-on-year. Its CEO Simon Crowther has also made the move to San Francisco as the company pushes ahead with US expansion plans and chases a US revenue run-rate target of between $30 million and $50 million by December 2017.

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