Chatting to Hailey Jung about her experience in tech and startups

Hailey Jung is a final year Computer Science student at UNSW. She is currently working as an Associate Product Manager at Canva. She has been involved in many different projects at Microsoft, Accenture, Samsung, Real Skills Education, UNSW Hero, UNSW Founders, UNSW New Wave and her own start-up Overswap

I currently work in the Search and Recommendation team at Canva. We work on the overall template navigation experience by improving the search functionality and bringing personalisation to users.

When I heard that Canva may have an Associate Product Manager position, I reached out to every single PM at Canva on…

Chatting to Apurva Shukla about his startup and tech experience

Apurva recently graduated from a Computer Science degree at UNSW. He is currently working as a software developer intern at Atlassian and will begin as a graduate there next year. Previously, he worked at software consultancy/game studio No Moss Co as well as the no-code automation startup Checkbox. You can connect with him through his LinkedIn.

Can you tell us about your role at Atlassian?

I am currently working as a software developer on Jira- one of Atlassian’s flagship products. I’m primarily working with the front-end of Jira and we are migrating a lot of users to a new “issue view” (which you can read about here). This has…

Reflecting on an inspiring night of student pitches

Last week, Textbook Ventures held the finals of our very first Venture Capital Case Challenge, in partnership with Folklore Ventures. We were blown away by the quality of the five student teams who presented their investment ideas to our panel of superstar judges- Hannah Field, Nandini Meka and Dan Fleming.

The beginner’s guide to growing your wealth

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Let’s say that you’ve got some money saved up, sitting idly in your bank account. You’ve heard the news about tech stocks like Amazon and Tesla skyrocketing over the past year and have wondered how to get a piece of the action.

But at the same time, you’ve heard many investing horror stories, like your cousin putting all his wealth into the stock market and losing everything.

If you’re new to investing, it can seem extremely daunting. Acronyms like ETF, S&P500 and IPO are constantly thrown around, making the whole process look like a confusing black box. …

We chat to Clinton Chan about his experiences in the startup world

Clinton Chan is a recent Law and International Studies graduate from UNSW and a former General Manager of Textbook Ventures. He has been working as a product manager at Sonder since January 2020. We asked Clint about his journey in the startup world and the key learnings he has had so far.

What sparked your interest in the startup/tech world?

I fell into the startup and tech scene over the last few years. It started off when I was studying in Shanghai on a year-long exchange. At the time, there were a lot of VC-backed startups springing up in China such as the bike-sharing app Mobike. …

Helping to build future unicorns at Antler

Akshat (bottom right) during Antler’s Virtual Demo Day

Akshat Agarwal is a recent Civil Engineering graduate from UNSW and a former Head of Events at Textbook Ventures. He has been working at startup generator Antler since November 2018. We asked Akshat a few questions regarding his experience and the key takeaways from his journey so far.

Antler is a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in exceptional entrepreneurs.

What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship and how did you find yourself at Antler?

After high school, I decided to do civil engineering at UNSW with a dream of helping to build a dam for the underprivileged. After some time, I was introduced to the General Electric Generator program where they taught corporate innovation…

Trevor Noah on growing up during apartheid


Trevor Noah is an award-winning South African comedian and host of the Daily Show. In 2016, he released his first book Born a Crime, which became an instant New York Times bestseller, with over a million copies sold.

Born a Crime is a collection of stories from Trevor’s childhood in South Africa during the last few years of apartheid and the tumultuous period that followed. Being the son of a white Swiss-German father and a black Xhosa woman, Trevor was literally born a crime, during a time when interracial relationships were outlawed in South Africa. …

Don’t forget what you can’t see

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It’s extremely easy to only pay attention to the success stories in life- the people or the companies that triumph against seemingly impossible odds. In doing so, we often ignore the failures that fall by the wayside.

For every big success, there are thousands of failures. But the stories of failure are not as interesting as the stories of success, so they are rarely covered or shared. As a result, we forget the base rates and overestimate the chances of success.

This common logical error is called survivorship bias and distorts how we view the world.

The story of the missing bullet holes

During World War II…

From leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker

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During university, I have often worn my lack of sleep as a badge of honor. It’s not uncommon to witness a group of students competing to see who has slept the least in the last week, proving just how busy and hard-working they are.

However, reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker — Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley — was an eye-opening (or rather, eye-shutting) experience.

Improving traceability and efficiency

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Supply chain traceability is becoming an increasingly fundamental feature for food companies, as consumers are demanding that their food is both safe and sustainable. For example, the 2015 E. coli outbreak caused significant image concerns for Chipotle, and the lack of transparency across their supply chain hindered tracing efforts. Additionally, food fraud costs the global food industry $50b annually, made possible by opaque supply chains (FIAL, 2018).

Blockchain’s value-add

Currently, food supply chains rely heavily on centralised information systems and manual paper trails. With blockchain, companies can digitise these processes and document each step of the supply chain on a shared ledger…

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