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The federal government has just announced $1bn of initiatives to support an innovation culture in Australia and to drive ideas – under the hashtag #ideasboom.  Over 20 ideas designed to support entrepreneurship, ideas, investments and startups have been released.  Here are my thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly. Firstly however, it’s important...
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$230 billion. That’s the annual value of the agribusiness industry in Australia. Did you know that it’s actually bigger than the mining industry? So wouldn’t it surprise you then that we don’t hear much about startups applying new technologies in this sector? Is it because entrepreneurs don’t want to get their hands dirty (pun intended) or could...
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So there goes another year. Many of us look back with mixed feelings – we did some fun things, we did some dumb things, we did some great things. About half of us worked in a job that didn’t quite rock our boats. We wished we were a little braver, followed our hearts a little...
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On Thursday 12 February we had a party to launch our new Sydney headquarters at 125 York Street. Founder and CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin welcomed the Sydney startup community, our portfolio of startups, our investors, industry partners and of course, the BlueChilli team. Seb outlined BlueChilli’s progress so far, with 46 startups built towards our goal of 100 by 2016...
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So there goes another year. Many of us look back with mixed feelings – we did some fun things, we did some dumb things, we did some great things. About half of us worked in a job that didn’t quite rock our boats. We wished we were a little braver, followed our hearts a little...
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On the way back from a long drive the other week, I listened to a Freakonomics podcast on failure. It’s about how the engineers in the challenger shuttle disaster actually predicted the failed o-ring, and objected to the shuttle’s launch but were overruled.  It looks in to the culture of failure and how the stigmas involved...
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Industry dinosaurs like me can still remember when there was no such thing as a startup pitch competition. But times have changed: the glaciers have retreated, bipedal mammals have become the dominant life form, and there are now more startup pitch competitions each year than there are apps in an app store. Good for startups, right? Yes and...
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