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You would have to be living under a rock in Sydney to miss the rumblings that a few digital consumer banks are on the way in Australia. Xinja just this week announced their entrance loudly to the market through their raise via Equitise. A new way to bank is coming to Australia. So when I recently travelled back to the UK I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down with one of the pioneers of New-age banking - Anne Boden. Anne is the CEO of Starling Bank the UK’s first ever “NeoBank” to provide a Current Account. Through our conversation we were able to discuss the creation of how NeoBanks came to be, why Anne decided to “just build a bank” and some great lessons along the way for future bank builders in Australia.

I moved to Queensland from our Sydney office some 5 years ago and back then the startup eco-system was almost non-existent. In order to connect the community somewhat, I started chapters of Silicon Beach on the Gold Coast & Brisbane at the end of 2011, which has a combined community of around 2,700 members.

While the team here at MitchelLake has been busy sourcing leadership and building teams for cutting edge ventures and digital initiatives across the globe, continued growth in our APAC and US operations has encouraged the firm to invest significantly in our own leadership assets.

Having recruited for UX for some time now, I felt the itch to head back to school to commence a 12-week part time course in the field.

It was a great feeling finishing the General Assembly UX course less than a fortnight ago, not because it was over, but because I now understand must more of the practicalities of UX and I am able to join in sense of accomplishment amongst the group. We were fortunate to learn from Lawrence So (Lead UX at nbn), and at the end of the course his comments by and large were that every single one of us had progressed in leaps and bounds from our first course presentation, through to our mid-course assessment and into our final projects.

After reading that headline, you're probably thinking, "I'm tired of hearing all of the noise about Silicon Valley and what they've done with the tech industry." I’m sure if you hear about the next thing they’re innovating, you’re going to lose it... But, before you do that, let’s take a minute to ask what everyone is already thinking: “What’s the big deal about Silicon Valley anyway?”

I was lucky enough to be invited to present to a group of Masters and PhD students at Melbourne Uni last week about careers in data science in the context of digital transformation. With the increasing competition for placements in academia as well as the pressure this puts of people who have already spent close to a decade in institutions, I wanted to offer some insight into other ways their careers might unfold. Australian Data Science needs the kind of intellectual horsepower some of these people could bring, whether that be to start-ups or enterprise employers.