News Pulse for March 9, 2017

A daily download of SME, startup, fintech and tax news from around Australia.

Less than 10 per cent of Australian companies equipped for digital future

Less than 10 per cent of Australian companies are prepared for future labour market needs in a digital age, a new report has found.

The Deloitte report found that 85 per cent of Australian human resources professionals say their biggest priority is developing a better experience for employees. And 84 per cent say their priority is to build an organisation “of the future”.

FINTECH AUSTRALIA: New blockchain standard will drive innovation in Australian fintech startups

The industry body for fintech startups in Australia has welcomed a new standards roadmap for blockchain in the country.

Standards Australia released its “Roadmap for blockchain standards” report last week that outlines how the organisation will ensure security and interoperability of future blockchain and distributed ledger systems in Australia.

Airbnb for boxes: Aussie start-up Spacer takes on US market with Roost acquisition

Australian self-storage start-up Spacer has put its planned expansion into Asia on ice to jump into the world’s largest economy first.

Spacer – which founder Mike Rosenbaum calls “Airbnb but for storage” – began connecting Australians eager to cash in on their spare space with those in need of more in 2015.

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