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8-Feb-2016

Taking the alternative route

Money Management – With equities, bonds, and cash going through a rough patch due to market volatility and a low interest rate environment, Jassmyn Goh finds out whether investors are dipping their toes back into alternative investments. The markets saw bouts of volatility in 2015, and although industry experts do not expect a repeat of the volatility levels seen during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), they still expect frequent small market movements of a few per cent this year, rather than large one day falls.

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1-Feb-2016

Shoes of Prey is right at home in the US

Australian Financial Review – Jodie Fox, the co-founder of Australian start up Shoes of Prey (a Blue Sky Venture Capital portfolio company), says the United States is the right fit for her company’s global expansion plans but it is not about to embark on an Atlassian-style initial public offer. She says the online fashion retailer, which is expanding rapidly in the United States and now has its sights set on Europe, still has some “growing up” to do.

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30-Jan-2016

Read’s Mexican standoff bowls them over

The Weekend Australian – It’s known as the Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl. And it is the pride and joy of Blake Read. “As far as I know this is the first time it has been done in the world,” Read says of the giant indoor skateboarding pool that adorns the ground floor of his Beach Burrito Mexican restaurant in the heart of Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy. The Fitzroy venue, Beach Burrito outlet No 12 when it opened last year and its first in Melbourne after a long planning battle with the local council, so far represents the crowning achievement for a business that now turns over $20 million annually and is backed by the Brisbane-based $1.35 billion Blue Sky private equity group.

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11-Jan-2016

The Australian startup community predicts what’s to come in 2016

Confidence and hope is high among the Australian startup community, and according to many of the major players, 2016 will be a flagship year for the sector. On the back of the government’s $1 billion innovation statement, four new $200 million VC funds and the innovation ecosystem placed in the national spotlight, the community has a lot of momentum that will be consolidated and built on this year, startup speaker and advisor Anne-Marie Elias says.

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21-Dec-2015

Views from The Duke will be pitch-perfect

The Sunday Mail, Brisbane – Unless a roof is built over the Gabba, residents of The Duke (a Blue Sky Private Real Estate Development) are all but guaranteed a lifetime of free access to events held at the stadium.

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17-Dec-2015

New technology to sell Queensland apartments

Channel 7 News Segment: In a Queensland first, Blue Sky Private Real Estate is using cutting edge 3-D technology to help sell apartments. Virtual reality goggles similar to ones used in video games are now being used to let potential buyers inspect an apartment before it’s built. Mylee Hogan reports.

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9-Dec-2015

Amazon adds more than 1000 Australian pickup locations with ParcelPoint

Rather than waiting around for unreliable couriers in the lead up to Christmas, you can have your Amazon parcels delivered to a nearby business and pick them up when it suits you. When I quit my office job I didn’t realise that the thing I would miss the most is the mailroom. You tend to take the mailroom for granted until you work from home and it becomes your job to stand by the front door and wait for unreliable and sometimes dishonest couriers. Delivery companies will happily lie to you about the status of your parcel rather than concede that they’ve dropped the ball.

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9-Dec-2015

How a Harvard professor helped build a $1.35 billion business

Those looking for inspiration for greater co-operation between business and academics need look no further than fast-growing funds management group Blue Sky Alternative Investments. With $1.35 billion under management Blue Sky is arguably the most successful diversified alternative asset manager in Australia. But what is amazing about this Brisbane-based company is that it all started with a conversation between a professor and a student at Harvard Business School.

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