The judges spent many days deliberating because all 10 finalists were outstanding in their own right. But they did finally come to a decision, and tonight we handed the winner a life-size boarding pass to and from San Francisco’s Silicon Valley – the world capital for innovation – where they will have the opportunity to meet some of the most influential entrepreneurs of our time.
The night had its fair share of glamour, modesty, humour, and maladroit. The 2013 Telstra Australian Business Awards was held at the posh Star Event Centre in Pyrmont, and would be best described as the business version of the Logies.
There was snickering, laughter, talent and disaster. The Rackspace Small Teams Big Impact startup competition had everything you would see on X Factor Australia, minus the make-up and overwhelming stench of desperation. It was a competition of ideas. And indeed, the best won.
Over the weekend the Seachange Startup Camp was held down in Merimbula, it is one of the only startup style camps to be held out of a metro area in Australia [well for the moment]. This year the organisers Liam O’Duibhir and Ivan McKay ran a “startup bus” down to the camp picking up entrepreneurs from rural Australia and touring country operators doing big things in tech along the way.
Mark Gregory from The Conversation predicts that 2013 will be the year of e-commerce, mobile and wi-fi and that this year’s federal election will be make or break for the National Broadband Network. As technology continues to advance at a startling pace, keeping mobile friendly does seem to be key.
I hardly ever write these kind of posts, mainly because they are bullshit based on some survey. Whilst the research may point to one particular industry or several that will go “boom” this year, at the end of the day I would rather sell people the truth that it doesn’t really matter what industry you start in, what will will ultimately determine your success is whether or not you get off your backside and make stuff happen. Execution is ALWAYS more important than industry.
It’s that time of year again when the Australian incubators open for the next round of tech super stars to come from across the country with their ideas and teams, to be educated, stripped back, MVP’d, coached, mentored, critiqued, inspired and to ride the big fuck off roller coaster that is Startup Land for an intense 5 month program in Sydney.