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Last Monday BlueChilli portfolio company CurrencyVue launched their innovative foreign exchange (FX) risk management platform.  After an extensive process of customer validation, the CurrencyVue team has built a simple, intuitive platform that will make a significant difference to small and medium sized import and export businesses (SME’s). Whilst there has been a terrific amount of energy...
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When I was young, I didn’t think I would be an entrepreneur, or that I would have this amazing opportunity to help Australia’s entrepreneurs and companies innovate. What I wanted more than anything, even more than toys and candy, was to fly. One day, I read an article in a science magazine promising that in about...
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The wine industry today is like the music industry was, and that means massive, disruptive change is coming.   “Sally, bring me a copy of the new J­Lo album please.” Back in the days of Y2K and the dot­com bubble, record label executives were making simple requests of their support staff that, if they’d only...
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Over the summer break, my friends at Intel were kind enough to give me a couple of dev kits to have a play, and quite literally they said “build something cool”. In a previous post, I wrote about the idea of building an automated nerf turret, which brings together the elements that is driving the...
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Although I rarely (never) code on our startups these days, I still do enjoy software development and on some weekends I muck about on small projects, just so I can keep my mothballed skills somewhat relevant.   So when Intel pitched an idea at me through my friends at digivizer.com to build some cool tech using their...
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How do I find a great tech cofounder?
“How do I recruit a technical cofounder?” If I ask a group of non-technical startup founders, that’s easily their most commonly-asked question. My usual answer is, “How do you know that now is is the right time to recruit a technical cofounder?” Because if you are technical, or already know someone who wants to collaborate with you...
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In a recent ASX announcement from Collaborate Corporation Limited (ASX:CL8) (a major investor in BlueChilli startup FundX) has announced that FundX has made significant progress since its soft launch in September. Enquiries for over $1m in loans have been received and five loans have been advanced, representing more than 20% of the value of the...
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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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hourofcode
For the week beginning 7 December, in more than 1,000 locations in Australia, and 96,000 locations around the world, people will volunteer their time, to teach tens of millions of kids, some of the fundamentals of computer science, or “coding” during Hour Of Code. Learning coding helps kids develop problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By starting early, we...
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It’s a question we hear more often from politicians across the spectrum when they visit BlueChilli. It’s great that they’ve started to ask, but it’s not that we’re at risk of falling behind — we would say that we’ve already fallen behind and we now need to decide whether to catch up. The tech startup economy is...
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