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Gender and funding, a call for coding classes, and Microsoft goes BTC

In an Age piece out today, Clare Dunn outlines problems facing female entrepreneurs looking for funding. Referring to the experiences of eco-friendly nappy provider Lavenderia’s Louisa Forrest, as well as a Biz2Credit report, Dunn exposes some depressing cultural prejudices that have led to women receiving approximately 15 to 20 per cent lower business loan approval rates than men.

Ahead of an Education Council meeting this Friday, StartupAUS and nine other organisations have called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne and his state/territory peers to make coding and computational thinking compulsory for students from foundation (Year 2) to Year 10. According to The Australian, the request to comply with advice from the Australian Curriculum and Assessment and Reporting Authority follows the recent curriculum review’s conflicting recommendation for tech subjects to begin at Year 9.

According to CoinDesk, last week’s announcement from Microsoft to adopt BitPay represents an “aggressive global vision for Bitcoin” . The payment processor will allow users to exchange Bitcoin for apps, games and the like from Microsoft’s electronic stores, and while the move only barely rivals the Bardon cafe’s Bitcoin ATM, it’s an undoubtedly significant moment for the crypto-currency. For a broader look at how Bitcoin’s growth relates to an emerging “sharing economy,” check out CoinDesk’s follow-up column.

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Chris Woods (@tophermwoods) is the Tech Street Journal's Editor-in-Chief. He lives in Brisbane, has worked in places like Sydney and New York (State of), and will someday update his media-news blog.