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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.


Australian Tech Award Winners 2012

- December 21, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

Last night the General Assembly – Australian Tech Award winners were announced, it was tough competition and after a two month nomination and voting period the winners have been announced. Here is the full list!


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 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.


WIN a Trip to Silicon Valley!!

- December 18, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

Enter for a chance to win a trip to San Francisco to experience life at the heart of the world’s best technology companies for a week. First we will put you through a full scholarship of our Front-end Web development course and then fly you over to the valley to hang out with the tech and design teams at Google, Twitter and Uber.


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.


Startmate Class of 2013 Revealed!

- December 6, 2012 2 MIN READ

Startmate just keeps going from strength to strength each year with their program for startups producing some big players in the space across various industries. Grabble, Flightfox, Ninja Blocks and Scriptrock are just a few of the major success stories to come out of the incubator program and looking at this years line up, I think we can expect big things again!


One Screen. All the Stats. Introducing Informly.

- December 5, 2012 2 MIN READ simplifies metrics from popular cloud services like Xero, MailChimp and Google Analytics and shows a free dashboard of charts via the web or mobile. Research has shown that companies that invest in sophisticated analytics tools gain a competitive advantage and perform better. But this level of data analysis has been the domain of big business and more or less out of reach for small business owners.


Moneysoft closes final investment round with 660K raised

- November 29, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

Sydney based startup Moneysoft has closed it’s third round of capital last week bringing the total amount raised to $660,000. Moneysoft is an online personal money tool that brings together financial information from multiple banks to enable goal setting and planning – closed the offer after 12 months and setting a final valuation of $3.3 million.


Startup Interview: Matt Barnett from Vimily

- November 16, 2012 5 MIN READ

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents were like as children? Do your parents have amazing stories about their own adolescence? If you’re interested in recording your family history in an easy and interactive way, you should try Vimily. Vimily helps you and your family build, capture and share your life stories with unique family tree software. We chat to Matt Barnett, the co-founder of Vimily on startups, crossbows and making people cry.


New Startup: Swappa

- November 14, 2012 2 MIN READ

Whilst the group buying and daily deals markets are not as strong as they used be [all round, still some particular companies going very strong because they have strong sustainable business models] one new Aussie company is looking to capitalise on a huge problem within this space. Unused daily deals.


The Australian Tech Awards

- November 2, 2012 2 MIN READ

General Assembly Australia, part of a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design has announced nominations are now open for the inaugural General Assembly Australia Tech Awards.


How to Build a $10 Million Dollar Pipeline in 12 Hours

- July 3, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

Oh Robert Vicino builds Doomsday Bunkers – Yes, that’s right. His company Vivos are bringing their product to Australia. After some coverage over the weekend on Channel 7, the team at Sunrise did another interview with them in the morning, 12 hours after Vicino had his first interview. He plans to build a bunker in between Sydney and Brisbane somewhere, and already had 200 serious enquiries from the first airing of the show. Given that the minimum cost to be taken seriously is around $50,000 this equates to a $10 million dollar pipeline of potential business, before he even starts marketing the product hard.