TC+ Roundup: The venture downturn is not the end of Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand face the same challenges as other technologies: valuations are back, early-stage funding is high, and investors want their businesses to focus on sustainable long-term growth and a clear path to income.

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But with Australia and New Zealand isolated from the rest of the world, it creates a sense of urgency around building a global product. After all, “doing more with less is not a challenge – it is the norm,” wrote TechCrunch’s Rebecca Bellan.

See what Aussie and Kiwi investors think about venture capital in the regions today.

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Your pitch deck should be machine readable

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AI may not replace humans entirely, but it is replacing some tasks in the name of speed and efficiency. One of the tasks is to read the pitch decks, believe it or not. Creating a machine-readable pitch deck isn’t difficult, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost creative design and a good story.

VCs have a jargon problem and this is how to fix it

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Using tech talk among our techy selves isn’t a big deal: It’s the easiest way to get a point across. But when talking to customers, or others who don’t really know the jargon, it’s a better strategy to speak simply, writes Northzone principal Molly Alter.

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Ensuring generative AI across the technology stack

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The rapid pace of AI innovation is raising “new considerations around cybersecurity, ethics, privacy, and risk management,” according to Forgepoint Capital VP Connie Qian. As the regulatory landscape evolves, startups must focus on getting their interface, application and data layers secure.

Ask Sophie: I work at OpenAI on an H-1B. How do I explore immigration freedom?

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Dear Sophie,

I signed the OpenAI letter threatening to leave unless the board resigns. I am an AI engineer on H-1B. I went through PERM and got my EB-3 I-140 approved. However, my priority date is not yet. If Altman can’t come back, how can I stay in the US and start exploring new opportunities in AI startups?

– Passionate Employee

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