Insights

Wyatt Roy is the Taylor Swift of Australian politics: a reflection on last weekend’s #PolicyHack

- October 20, 2015 7 MIN READ

My role at #PolicyHack was very clear – I was the lead facilitator for Team 3: tasked to improve gender equality in the ecosystem. The biggest lesson from #PolicyHack was how harrowingly hard it is to combat a systematic problem like gender equality in tech in one blow. For all the noise I make about this issue, I was truly humbled by how challenging it is to get anyone, let alone the government and the private sector, to agree on what to do first.

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Insights

‘Startups are human’: Lessons I learned from Phil Morle and my eternal gratitude

- August 10, 2015 7 MIN READ

Along with being a champion and catalyst of the Australian innovation ecosystem through Pollenizer, Phil Morle has been a great teacher to us all. More than the technical learnings around lean tools and the testing methodologies, Phil has taught me that startups are, above anything else, human and therefore have a beating heart that should be enable and empowered. These lessons I learned from Phil Morle live with me every day.

Insights

It’s time the government started testing and validating their ideas towards a better future for Australian startups

- July 31, 2015 4 MIN READ

It is painfully apparent that even though this is the third iteration of Labor for Innovation, nothing really has been done since the first. The panel was very eager to let us know about what their ideas are, but we have not seen any action or even plans come out of these sessions. My concern here is not that these conversations are not useful, because they are, but that they stop when the events are over. There is no speed to action or testable MVPs that come out of these dialogues.

News & Analysis

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the Beyonce of tech events

- March 30, 2015 5 MIN READ

Do you remember that Beyonce Superbowl Halftime Show where she killed it so hard that she literally broke the power in the New Orleans Superdome, leaving tens of thousands of football fans in the dark for the 17 minutes following her kick-ass performance. That is the closest thing I have to compare Mike Cannon-Brookes’ panel presentation at Slattery IT’s Rewind/FastForward event this past Wednesday. Mike is the Beyonce of tech events.

Profiles

Australian startups and immigration policy: A victim of the popular vote?

- June 27, 2014 4 MIN READ

Last week I wrote a column on the growing limitations our retrograde immigration policy presents on the startup community. This issue is not only a matter of urgency in terms of talent migration, but it presents a huge challenge on the growth front. We are facing a policy checkmate where new startups are prevented from acquiring talent and, with it, access to diverse ideas and markets.

Profiles

Are you a startup vampire or a werewolf?

- June 13, 2014 4 MIN READ

The question I get asked the most, other than “Are you dancing?” is “How can I get a job in startup?” Many people ask me how I got started; they want my “foot-in-the-door” origin story. Unfortunately, there is no fairy tale, boy-meets-girl, tie-it-up-with-a-bow story behind it.