Profiles

Introducing Edisse: More than just a watch

- March 4, 2013 2 MIN READ

In Australia alone, there are currently 3 million people above the age of 65 and each year 1 in 3 of these people fall, which results in an injury. Current systems such as a panic button attempt to solve this issue but have problems – they are relatively conspicuous, can be forgotten and left behind and in some situations, they can’t be utilised properly

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Co-working in Australia

- March 1, 2013 3 MIN READ

Like many things start-up, co-working spaces trace their lineage to San Francisco where, in 2005, Brad Neuberg opened CitizenSpace, arguably the world’s first co-working space. In less than a decade since, over 700 co-working spaces have sprung up around the United States and several hundred more have opened their doors across Europe.

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Q&A with Roger Qui from Polycademy

- February 5, 2013 4 MIN READ

First session has started in Canberra’s Polycademy and Roger Qiu is envisioning a graduate class of accomplished coders and designers in 11 weeks time. We catch up with the founder of Polycademy and find out where the idea came from and what it takes to run a budding development school in Canberra.

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The Brown Bag Lunch Challenge

- January 31, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

TimbrE is a social enterprise café aimed at facilitating links between local communities in the developed and developing world; while providing an opportunity for youth at risk to gain hospitality experience and training. Timbre Café is all about developing initiatives that build service or giving into things we do and purchases we make everyday.

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Skateboarding for a Cause

- January 29, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

I must say I do love a startup that has a social cause at it’s core, especially when the focus is local and obviously something very important to the founders. Totem Skate school is a startup that does exactly that, where they aim to get young people skating instead of hating. As we have seen in the media over the past year, bullying is a huge problem around the world, and although massive campaigns and celebrities get behind huge campaigns to raise awareness, it really does nothing measurable other then give the companies / organisations behind them stats and numbers of their “reach” – good on them, but at the end of the day, this is just a vanity metric.

Insights

I prefer Congruency to Back Peddling

- January 23, 2013 5 MIN READ

If there is one thing that is certain in our society, it’s the fact that everyone has an opinion, and we are entitled to express it. If people disagree with that opinion they in turn are entitled to express that. When opinions are given in forums by people who may have a public profile, we see people expressing their opposing opinions on a grander scale such as protest, petition or demonstration – all of which are perfectly legal and acceptable ways to get their point across.

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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin: 100 Startups in 5 Years

- January 21, 2013 4 MIN READ

He was three from the front of a line about to enrol into University down in Tasmania when he got the phone call that ADFA were taking more students on and were offering him a place in the Navy. Three days later he was in Canberra thrown into a highly disciplined environment, being yelled out with gun in hand and studying how to engineer weapons to protect our nation. From being one of the youngest people ever to oversea the creation of new massive warships for Australia, to building and selling his first tech venture before he left the navy, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin has a story that is both both entertaining and inspiring.

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Stalking is the new online shopping. Stalkthis.com

- January 14, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

A new startup from Canberra Stalkthis.com is planning to be the virtual price stalker you have been waiting for. I have to say that last night I really took the system for a test drive, and as a non-tech person, that judges a product purely on customer experience I have to say that I am very impressed with what is a very simple idea, but something that I feel actually has a sound market.

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Social Media Trends in 2013

- January 10, 2013 2 MIN READ

Social media trends for 2013 come in all shapes and sizes. Some of these 2013 social media marketing trends may not seem surprising at all while others may be something you had no idea about. Either way, our quick review of some hot trends in social networking for 2013 will give your business a jump on where you should focus your social media strategy in the coming year.

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Startups left behind in the Asian Century

- January 7, 2013 4 MIN READ

The Asian Century whitepaper was supposed to be the Australian Labor Party’s landmark answer to the emerging economies of Asia, particularly that of China, Japan, India, South Korea and Indonesia. It was to be our roadmap and response to the fact that within only a few years, Asia will be both the world’s largest producer and consumer of goods and services.

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Startup Profile: Adioso

- January 7, 2013 3 MIN READ

We’ve all been there. You come up with a seemingly awesome idea but after going through the motions in your head you refuse to pursue it further. You call dealbreaker. For some reason or another, you felt that the idea would not be worth the time, effort or money involved and would probably not scale.

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The no pussy footing policy: 2013

- December 20, 2012 2 MIN READ

Last night I was reading this article here – by Zach Kitschke over on the website fromlittlethings.co and it made me reflect on this year, the interviews we have completed over the last twelve months and assess the quality and engagement of our content on the site.

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Being in the media does not get you sales

- December 18, 2012 2 MIN READ

I think we sometimes celebrate things way to early in the startup space. Sure achievements and milestones should be acknowledged, the small wins along the way are very important. What puzzles me is when people equate getting an article in the media with the idea that doing that is going to bring about a sustainable customer base for their business. Sorry startups, it’s not. Selling = Sales and Media = Perception.