Is Sydney the city of start-ups?

16 Jul 2018

Sydney has become “the epicentre of innovation, economic growth and jobs in Australia,” according to Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney.

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5 inspirational technology start-up founders

03 Jul 2018

It’s true: about 75–90% of start-ups will fail (or, in other words, not make it to a trade sale or IPO). In face of these grim odds, it is easy to feel discouraged, and want to throw in the towel when it comes to your own start-up.

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How neobanks, start-ups, digital and mobile tech are redefining banking and finance

12 Jun 2018

If you use your mobile phone or the web to do most, if not all, of your money management, then you’re a part of the digital revolution that has disrupted the banking and finance world in the last couple of years.

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3 entrepreneurs and their biggest F’UPs

07 Jun 2018

Here’s a great quote from Richard Branson: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”

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Best of the rest from CeBIT PitchFest 2018

23 May 2018

You already know Ping Data won a hotly contested CeBIT PitchFest 2018, pipping runners-up Littlescribe and BenchOn to first place. But what about the other seven start-ups selected as finalists? What innovative ideas did they share?

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Finding the sweet spot: how to build a successful B2B start-up

22 May 2018

In a rapidly evolving business environment, there are big opportunities on offer for canny start-up founders in the B2B space.

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5 benefits of coworking spaces

21 May 2018

There’s an undeniable shift happening worldwide in the ways in which people work.

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Ping Data wins CeBIT PitchFest 2018

17 May 2018

CeBIT Australia 2018 came to an exciting close with PitchFest 2018. Ten worthy finalists (from 40 entrants) pitched their tech-related start-up ideas to the panel of expert judges: Adam Cook, Investment Associate, AirTree Ventures; Bradley Delamare, Chief Executive Officer, Tank Stream Labs; Rohen Sood, Investment Manager, Reinventure; and Noga Edelstein, Co-Founder, UrbanYou.

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3 types of accelerator your start-up needs now

17 May 2018

Successful start-ups need three main things: a fantastic, commercialisable idea; investment; and a lot of luck.

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Regional start-ups boarded the 'Start-up Xpress' for CeBIT

17 May 2018

Twenty three start-up companies and organisations from the Hunter and Central Coast regions north of Sydney commandeered a bus this week - the ‘start-up Xpress’ -  to travel to the Asia Pacific’s largest technology exhibition.

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Tech creativity comes alive at CeBIT StartUp 2018

15 May 2018

CeBIT Australia is hosting the largest start-up showcase in the Asia Pacific with over 100 tech focused start-ups presenting products and services to potential customers, investors or partners over its three days.

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Investing in our start-ups for the future of business

18 Apr 2018


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How the CeBIT PitchFest can accelerate your start-up’s growth

12 Apr 2018

As CeBIT Australia 2018 fast approaches, one of the most anticipated events is the PitchFest, where start-ups go head-to-head in front of our highly experienced panel of judges, and an audience of fellow start-ups, investors and potential customers, to see who will come out on top.

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9 basic web skills you need to add to your entrepreneurial skills set in 2018

20 Mar 2018

As a tech entrepreneur, particularly in the early stages of a startup, you have to be a jack of all trades in order to succeed.

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How a NSW Government grant can help fund and accelerate the success of your start-up

16 Mar 2018

When fourth-generation farmer Naomi Stuart hit on a new and better way to process payments for crops – a market worth an estimated $2.1 billion each year in Australia – she found financial support for her idea from an unlikely source: the NSW Government.

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Why start-ups are vital for our economic future

06 Mar 2018

Written by John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Minister for Skills, Small Business, and Regional NSW

Many innovations wouldn’t make it to market without the drive provided by our startup sector.

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10 questions to ensure you hire quality developers

27 Feb 2018

Quality developers don’t just play an essential role in the success of every tech company; they also play an essential role in the Australian digital economy,

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Go inside the Sydney Startup Hub!

21 Feb 2018

Opened on February 14, 2018, the Sydney Startup Hub helps cement the harbour city’s reputation as Australia’s startup capital. Take a look inside:

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Microsoft moves into Sydney's new start-up hub

15 Feb 2018

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro unveil the Sydney Startup Hub plaque with Jobs for NSW Chairman David Thodey and Minister for Innovation Matt Kean watching on 

In a major coup for NSW, Microsoft will bring its world-renowned intensive program for start-ups to the new Sydney Startup Hub, making it one of only eight locations in the world to host the accelerator program.

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3 innovative Aussie start-ups to watch in 2018

10 Jan 2018

The start-up scene in Australia shows no sign of waning, and NSW in particular seems to be going from strength to strength.

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5 successful start-ups that beat the odds

22 Dec 2017

Start-ups can be a hard slog, often with more setbacks than triumphs. In particularly challenging times it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep going.

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3 Australian technology start-ups to watch in 2018

12 Oct 2017

The Australian technology start-up scene is thriving, due in part to tax incentives for early-stage investors being introduced last year, as well as the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda launched by the Turnbull government in December, which aims to help innovators gain funding to make their ideas a reality.

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5 body language techniques to build trust during presentations

15 Sep 2017

Presenting at events, such as an industry conference like CeBIT, is beneficial for two big reasons: it positions you as a thought leader within your industry, and it’s a great way to network, which may eventually lead to profitable partnerships or sales.

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Match made in heaven: Start-ups and Corporates

19 Jul 2017

Corporates are finding it ever-harder to recruit talent because “most of the smartest people work for someone else”, start-up accelerator Slingshot’s CEO Karen Lawson told the audience at CeBIT Australia 2017.

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4 key tips to building a team and company culture at your start-up

19 Jul 2017

Back in the early 90s two self-proclaimed “total nerds” graduated from Australian National University, set up in a bedroom clad with Star Wars wallpaper, installed a second phone line and started a company.

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5 must-see crowdfunding projects blowing our minds in 2017

18 Jul 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a good year for tech crowdfunding projects. Here’s a list of our favourite ones so far.

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Preparing and transforming technology to access cost effective, scalable and lean results

14 Jul 2017

What qualities does an effective IT leader need to create lasting and dynamic change?

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4 key lessons to growing a successful start-up (from those who have done it)

05 Jul 2017

CeBIT Australia’s strategic panel “Streamlining and growing business with the aid of technology” brought together some dynamic entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys to share their experiences in founding their business, and creating a fertile environment for growth. This blog post summarises some of the key findings from the session.

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Everything you need to know about Sydney’s start-up school

03 Jul 2017

Sydney’s School of Entrepreneurship’s first intake of students will hit the books at the Ultimo campus in August. It’s an exciting time with the mammoth project positioned for ultimate success.

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3 amazing tips to effectively scale your start-up

14 Jun 2017

Much has been written about the very early stages of start-up life - so much so that a Google search on ‘starting a startup’ gets over 50 million hits.

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Four awesome Aussie start-ups that pitched at CeBIT PitchFest 2017

07 Jun 2017

The CeBIT Pitchfest 2017 cat is well and truly out of the bag with Macquarie-based start-up Look Who’s Charging taking home first prize.

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STEM skills: Inspiring the next generation of technologists

06 Jun 2017

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

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Naomi Simson Ready to Soar

31 May 2017

Given what an online giant RedBalloon is, it’s hard to believe that in the not-too-distant past their orders were taken on fax.

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CeBIT PitchFest 2017: Look Who's Charging takes out first prize 

25 May 2017

A start-up focused on eliminating the stress of unknown transactions on your credit card statement won the CeBIT Australia 2017 PitchFest competition.

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7 lessons learned from the end of Pollenizer

25 May 2017

The mantra of learning from failure is so ubiquitous in the start-up world that it’s almost deteriorated to a cliche.

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People and institutional permafrost holding back Australian entrepreneurship

24 May 2017

Fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is a critical element of a thriving Australian business technology industry.

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Collaboration is key to making the most of our opportunities

23 May 2017

It was fitting that Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director Hannover Fairs Australia, commenced CeBIT Australia 2017 by taking a moment to commend its relocation to the beautiful new International Convention Centre. He acknowledged, ‘the rebuild of the ICC is a landmark project for the NSW government.’

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Leaders of the tech industry address key issues at CeBIT Australia’s strategic panels

12 May 2017

For the first time, CeBIT Australia is featuring six strategic panels where some of the most successful leaders and greatest minds in the industry will debate the biggest issues in business technology.

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Spaceship: The Australian start-up changing the way we look at superannuation

01 May 2017

Superannuation. It’s not the most riveting topic. If you’re under 35 the idea of retiring probably isn’t on your radar, and that’s okay considering the day you walk away from work for the last time is at least 30-40 years away.

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NSW: How we’re creating Asia-Pacific’s best start-up ecosystem

24 Apr 2017

By John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business

Everywhere we look at the moment, it seems industries are being transformed, traditional firms disrupted and business models reborn.

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5 strategies for making the move from employee to employer

21 Apr 2017

After years working for the man, you’ve finally made the transition from being staff to needing staff — and are now ‘the man or ‘the woman’. Congratulations!

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4 tips to create a great culture for your growing start-up

07 Mar 2017

The alarm goes off at 6:30pm, but the thought of dragging yourself from your warm and safe bed to the horrors that lay in your inbox put you into near paralysis.

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[Video] Applying start-up success to corporate innovation

23 Feb 2017

Everybody is itching to know what breeds start-up success and how they can mirror it. Is it timing? Is it marketing? Is it that new, edgy product?

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Data knowledge management: An Aussie start-up changing the landscape as we know it

02 Feb 2017

About 19.8% of business time is wasted by employees searching for information to do their job effectively.

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How this Australian start-up is innovating maths education globally

06 Jan 2017

For some of us the thought of maths brings on sweaty hands and memories of staring at a chalkboard with tilted heads in utter confusion.

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How failure created 5 of the world’s most successful people

30 Dec 2016

The adage to fail fast and to fail often has become a mantra within the tech space.

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Ultimate triumph: How a start-up founder came back from failure

29 Nov 2016

It was in early 2015 that start-up founder Vidya Nallamad had to pull the plug on the central idea that established her start-up business NetHealth.

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Women in tech: Empowering women in the Australian start-up scene

28 Nov 2016

Did you know that women only represent 14%-24% of start-up founders and only 4% of funded Australian start-ups — those attracting investment — are led by female entrepreneurs?

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Future proofing your business: 6 crucial questions to ask before investing in technology

10 Nov 2016

There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your business: seeing your team expand in size and confidence, boldly venturing onto cool new clients and knowing that all your blood, sweat and tears are paying off.

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7 tell-tale signs you’re a born entrepreneur

10 Nov 2016

In 2015, research found Uganda was the most entrepreneurial country. The results were unexpected.

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How to deliver a start-up pitch investors will say yes to

10 Nov 2016

Creating a start-up pitch that convinces investors to trust you with millions of dollars is a lot of pressure.

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Have you tried turning it off and on again? The perks and realities of working in IT

02 Nov 2016

If you work in IT, your job title is probably something along the lines of professional developer, programmer or engineer, but to the technologically illiterate, you’re a technopath capable of solving problems by mind melding with machines.

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Looking to the future: The program for CeBIT Australia 2017 is here!

14 Oct 2016

We are looking to the future with the launch of our CeBIT Australia 2017 agenda. As the largest and longest running technology conference and exhibition in the Asia-Pacific, we pride ourselves on bringing together a diverse array of experts from around the world.

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How to develop an innovative product customers don't even know they need

09 Oct 2016

For some of us, thinking outside the box is a challenge — we don’t get that light bulb moment in the shower.

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What venture capitalists want to see from your start-up

27 Sep 2016

The Australian start-up scene is an exciting space to be in, but it’s not without its challenges. One of the biggest difficulties budding start-ups encounter is funding their venture.

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5 global hotspots for digital nomad developers

26 Aug 2016

The most incredible part of working as a developer means as long as you have a solid internet connection and a capable laptop,

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4 big data start-ups on the rise

26 Aug 2016

Big data isn’t just the latest tech buzzword, it’s fast becoming the foundation for businesses across all industries.

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Understanding tech start-up revenue models

15 Aug 2016

One of the most important things you need to consider in the early days of your business is how you’re going to make money.

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How to negotiate better shareholder agreements

20 Jul 2016

Australian incubator BlueChilli is at the centre of controversy regarding alleged ‘one-sided’ shareholder agreements and failing to deliver on their promises.

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8 tips to fund a start-up from those who have done it

20 Jul 2016

There’s no doubt that asking people for hundreds of thousands of dollars to go into your product is a challenging task.

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5 communication skills you need to master if you want to be heard

19 Jul 2016

Our ability to communicate effectively has an impact on many areas of our lives.

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A CIO’s guide to change management

15 Jul 2016

We all know that one colleague whose enthusiasm for the latest bit of technology is as evangelical as it is unceasing

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Making the step up: 5 ways to transition from technical implementer to leader

05 Jul 2016

You may be brilliant in your current role as a technical implementer.

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5 clever tips to learn more efficiently

05 Jul 2016

Education doesn’t finish at the end of the degree. In reality, we can never stop learning as the market always demands professionals with the latest skills. This is inherently the case when looking at IT. 

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3 of the best start-up grants for Australian innovators

05 Jul 2016

Funding a new idea or start-up isn’t an easy task. Raising capital in general is incredibly time consuming and often frustrating.

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10 must-read books for start-up founders

20 Jun 2016

You’re a start-up founder and your passion is running hot - but before you go making any wild decisions, take a step back and lap up some of the incredible information out there.

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Cost, care and commitment: How a start-up is turning the legal industry on its head

17 Jun 2016

Lawyers are known for many things, but a fantastic client experience is not necessarily one of them.

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Expanding entrepreneurial horizons with mobile technology

11 May 2016

Amanda Ogilvie, from the Australian Chamber’s Biz Better Together initiative, talks to Jo Burston, CEO of Inspiring Rare Birds, about the opportunities for Australian women entrepreneurs.

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CeBIT Start-up PitchFest

05 May 2016

It was a formidable arena at the CeBIT Start-up PitchFest, as start-ups vied for top position.

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Top tips on retaining your IT talent

18 Apr 2016

There is the old cliche that good help is hard to find, but that’s really only the beginning of it. The real undertaking is how do you make good help stay?

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Small budget, big exposure: digital marketing strategies for start-ups

04 Apr 2016

You’ve created something that has the potential to change the world.

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The rise of the regional entrepreneur

22 Mar 2016

When we think about technology entrepreneurs we’re often thinking of the Silicon Valley staples in turtlenecks and sweatpants,

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Kickstarter campaign success: what you need to know

08 Mar 2016

It was literally a pain in the butt that led two Australian tech entrepreneurs to develop a million dollar idea.

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Can this start-up save your business time?

18 Feb 2016

Teams working in silos is an age old conundrum in many industries and Melbourne based start-up Rundl is tackling it head on. 

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Could Brave flip modern advertising on its head?

10 Feb 2016

Online advertising stands to be reinvented if web pioneer, Brendan Eich’s latest start-up takes off. The Silicon Valley based entrepreneur is venturing down a path not many tech companies are willing to walk.

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7 strategies for strong startup sales growth

02 Feb 2016

The start-up space is overflowing with competition. Everyone wants to be the next Kevin Systrom and create a platform like Instagram. And who wouldn’t?

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The secret to startup success? Test, test, test

27 Jan 2016

Setting up a new business is expensive – there’s no doubt about it. 

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The 5 most innovative technology companies in Australia

19 Jan 2016

Innovation is the lifeblood of technology, and sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places.  

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14 efficiency hacks for busy business owners

11 Jan 2016

Being a business owner is a round-the-clock job. And let’s be honest, it probably isn’t exactly what you were expecting when you first signed up.

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Recruiting star performers to your startup: how to appeal to top talent

07 Jan 2016

Everyone knows the importance of having the right people in their business. 

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How to start a tech business on the side: tips to help your startup succeed

06 Jan 2016

To say that the tech startup industry is competitive is an understatement. 

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“No muppets” and relationships; contactSPACE’s success secrets

15 Dec 2015

David O'Leary, CEO and Co-Founder of Australian start-up contactSPACE – a cloud-based contact centre, is letting us in on the secrets behind the company’s success.

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Woo investors and secure funding for your start-up with these 5 simple steps

27 Nov 2015

Funding is the lifeblood of every start-up.

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Start-up success: discover the 3 factors behind ingogo’s growth

18 Nov 2015

At the start of 2011 Hamish Petrie, CEO and Founder of taxi app ingogo, found himself quite literally dressed up with nowhere to go.

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How to avoid scope creep in tech projects

17 Nov 2015

Scope creep. It’s the nemesis of project managers and the bane of software developers around the world.

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How to innovate like a start-up: “Failing fast” for established businesses

28 Oct 2015

Once a mantra of Silicon Valley tech start-ups, “Fail fast, fail often” has now become a success mantra for all businesses, tech or not.

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Is Australia a start-up nation? Not yet it isn’t.

27 Oct 2015

To the outside observer, the recent growth of incubators, co-operative workspaces and angel investor funds could make Australia appear like a tech start-up’s dream.

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CeBIT Australia: Shaping the business technology landscape

21 Oct 2015

IP telephony, cable modems and biometrics - those were the topics shaping the business technology landscape in 2001 when CeBIT Australia opened its doors for the very first time.

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Meet TouchOne: the world’s first smartwatch keyboard

19 Oct 2015

Recently bought a smartwatch? Hands up if you’ve received a message and experienced the crippling confusion of how to actually respond to it. It turns out  you currently can’t do this easily... unless you’re happy to rely on voice dictation, or the ability to time travel into the near future (if that’s the case then the following won’t come as much of a surprise).

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