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Alan Jones
The best and worst thing about the BlueChilli startup studio model is that because our team get to build so many awesome startups in the course of a year, sometimes a member of our team will love the founders, the customers, the problem/solution fit or the platform they’ve built so much, they’ll leave BlueChilli and...
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It’s been two weeks since we announced we’re collecting updated data for the StartRail maps of the startup ecosystems in Australia so it’s time to drill down into what we’ve collected so far. It’s also time to remind you to submit your startup’s details, or if you’re an accelerator, incubator, investor, or university, encourage your...
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If you’ve visited a startup premises in Sydney or Melbourne you may have seen a StartRail map pinned to the wall. A StartRail map looks a bit like a public transport map, showing how and where many of Sydney and Melbourne’s startups got started. Begun as a small project for a design student intern in 2012, the...
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A little while ago Aniel Bhaga from Nova invited me to speak on some of the issues around building a rich culture in a startup team, and about translating startup culture into corporate organisations. Q: Leading in this digital age you can face a wide variety of obstacles… Everyone has different adoption levels of technology, new fresh...
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Applications have just closed for CityConnect, Australia’s first smart cities accelerator and we have over 200 great applications to review. Brisbane startups overtake Melbourne for the first time Melbourne is a bigger startup community than Brisbane, right? Well, maybe not when it comes to ideas for smart cities startups — 24% of applicants called Brisbane home,...
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CityConnect, Australia’s first smart cities accelerator, has been open for applications for one week, so let’s take a look at some of the idea-stage and prototype-stage startups that have applied so far. If you’re interested in applying but haven’t done so yet, here are some of the ideas submitted so far: Get fit on the...
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(The following advice pertains to Australian tech startups in 2017. The future may be different and other markets [eg SF] definitely are different.)  Short answer: You can raise investment with a SAFE note or convertible note in Australia, but you may find it harder to raise your round. Longer answer: In a priced equity round,...
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Australia has experienced three broad waves of entrepreneurial development in the past, but it is the third wave, which is only just starting off, which has the biggest potential for the development of rural and regional Australia. The first wave of Australian entrepreneurialism,  centred on agricultural and resources wave essentially created what we know as rural...
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Author’s note: WordPress only provides for one author on a blog post, and it uses the last author to edit the story when it determines who to credit. But truthfully, a chunk of the credit for this blog post and all of the credit for the cool interactive infographic at the end of the article  goes to my coworker and...
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I’m at TEDxSydney today with 4,199 other people in the spanking-new ICCC in Sydney. And I’m thinking about how nearly every senior corporate executive I meet tells me they want to meet and learn about innovation from the successful founders of high-growth tech startups. TEDxSydney audiences are fascinating for people-watchers like me – thousands of...
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