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If China can break through on the global innovation map, then why not Australia? 
Hear top VCs, Angels & Founders 
discuss Australia's prospects to create the next big thing, the next unicorn.

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March 27

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April 5-10

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April 25

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May 9

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March 6-7

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China Hi-Tech Called Into Action
Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
From virtual offices to robotic vehicles, China's high-tech companies are rolling out new features in response to the virus crisis. 
Chinese tech titans Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and DJI have all jumped on products and services to help consumers and businesses deal with the coronavirus crisis. They have cranked up new package delivery methods, inspection devices, fever monitors, online doctor consultations, disinfectant robots, and wrapped in fundamental technologies such as big data, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and digital mapping to make it all work.
Read China's BAT go to bat to fight virus.   
See related article, CNBC: An army of robots 

Venture Deals
SoftBank has invested $1 billion each in two Chinese real-estate companies: apartment-rental firm Ziroom and online real-estate portal Beike, despite heightened scrutiny of online housing platforms. 

Dockless scooter sharing startup Vogo has snared $20 million in an investment round led by LGT Lightstone Aspada, with participation from existing investors Matrix Partners India, Kalaari Capital and Stellaris Venture Partners.

Sequoia Capital India has led a $8 million funding of Salesken, an AI-powered platform for salespersons.
Leap Finance has raised $5.5 million to democratize financing for foreign-bound Indian students, in a financing from Sequoia India. 
Lifestyle community commerce startup Trell raises $4 million from Sequoia's Surge in India.   
GSR Ventures has led a $16 million financing of sports tech startup Sparta Science, to further R&D in data analytics to reduce injury risk or improve physical performance. 
Lightspeed Venture Partners has inked a deal in Israel, putting $15 million in  Elementor, a leading WordPress website builder platform. 
M&A Deals
China-owned gay dating app Grindr is being sold for $600 million by Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. to a group of investors and entrepreneurs joined together in  San Vicente Acquisition. The move comes after U.S. regulators pressed for an ownership change away from China in the midst of heightened security concerns. The deal still needs approval by U.S. regulators.  
Alibaba has acquired  Beijing-based intelligent catering management startup Keruyun for reportedly $140 million, creating an integrated food and delivery service. 

The top 100 AI startups in the U.S., as tracked by CBI Insights
 Silicon Valley's top investing firm Sequoia Capital has a stark message on coronavirus: Prepare for the worst. 
The novel coronavirus outbreak has worried plenty of people on Wall Street, and now the anxiety has made its way to Sand Hill Road.
Late last week,  Sequoia Capital s ent a grim memo to its portfolio companies. The elite investing firm described the coronavirus as "the black swan of 2020" and said that its companies should "question every assumption" of their businesses as they would in advance of a major downturn. A list of things to worry about followed.
See Scary List at Recode.  

Now that Starbucks in China  is doing deliveries and pickups only due to #COVID19, its key Chinese challenger  Luckin Coffee is rolling out more promotions. Top 500 customers every week get $30, remaining 5 item+ customers divide $600K. h/t @ruima

GGV Capital is excited about the startup scene in Israel: Five Reasons Israel is the World's Hottest Tech Hub. 
by Managing Partner Glenn Solomon

  " There is a national security risk if we do decouple with China and lose visibility into the way they are thinking about these issues ."  Cybersecurity expert Samm Sacks speaking about AI and cooperation with China. 

"The virus has created an opportunity to examine elements of employment, education, automation that would have taken much longer to happen without COVID.  Prepare for the future - it's not the virus that will have long term impacts on society, it's what it has allowed to be considered normal."
VC Gary Rieschel of Qiming Venture.