Tess Bennett

Tess Bennett

Tess Bennett is the editor of Which-50 and is responsible for leading the publication’s daily coverage of Australia's digital businesses for C-Suite executives, strategists, founders and directors. As the former editor of Internet Retailing Australia and journalist for Inside Retail, Tess has five years experience covering retail and ecommerce. At Which-50 Tess reports on a broad range of topics including technology, the industrial internet, analytics and digital marketing.

The strategies put in place now by digital publishers will determine the winners and losers over the next few years. That’s the view of Adam Singolda, founder and CEO of Taboola, who is overall optimistic about publishers’ futures even as Facebook and Google hoover up most of the new digital

Alibaba

Alibaba’s profit nearly doubled for the quarter ended June 30, bolstered by the strength of its core commerce division. During the period net income was US$2.1 billion, up 96 per cent compared to the corresponding period a year earlier. Revenue was $7.4 billion for the quarter an increase of 56

realestate.com.au home loan

Emerging online lender and local fintech Tic:Toc, which says it offers a full home loan approval online in just 22 minutes, wants to bust the myth that consumers still need bank branches to apply for a mortgage. And its model, which includes sharing both the margin and the risk of

It’s ok to scrape data from public profiles on LinkedIn, a US court has ruled. Microsoft, which acquired LinkedIn last year for $26.2 billion, was seeking to prevent a startup called HiQ Labs collecting LinkedIn profile data which it uses to create algorithms to predict employee behaviour, like when they

Optimizely, which enables businesses to test different versions of their digital channels, has today opened an Australian office to grow its local customer base. Previously Optimizely’s Australian customers, including Atlassian, Optus, AGL Energy, Chemist Warehouse and Fox Sports, were serviced by a team based in the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

Ice cream fall, disappointment

Digital is real and requires companies to undertake a set of fundamental changes to ensure their long term survival. But be warned, digital transformation projects are nearing a period of intense scrutiny. According to Gartner’s global head of research Peter Sondergaard, digital 12 to 18 months away from the ‘trough

connected car

Fully autonomous vehicles — cars which don’t require steering wheels or brake pedals — are likely to appear on Australian roads within eight years. The prediction is made in an 86-page whitepaper released by the NRMA this week, which sets out a timeline for the roll out of driverless vehicles

digital disruption

Australian companies don’t have another 26 years of easy growth ahead of them. That’s the opinion of Paul Shetler, Stone and Chalk’s first expert in residence and former Chief Digital Officer of the Digital Transformation Agency. “You don’t have another 26 years of easy growth. It was a good ride

MiRunners

Technology start-up MiRunners is hoping to broaden the appeal of horse racing by making thoroughbred ownership affordable for more Australians through crowd funding. In building its business it has had to overcome hurdles familiar to any company that finds itself trying to transform a long established, highly regulated industry. MiRunners

Amazon will open its first Australian fulfilment centre in Dandenong South. In April Amazon confirmed it plans to bring its full retail offering to Australia and opening its 24,000 square metre fulfilment centre is the first big investment in the infrastructure needed to ramp up its ecommerce operations. Last week