The Australian government's restrictive stock options regime has stifled entrepreneurship, but Atlassian could be the ecosystem's saviour.
From boom to bust, from unconference to BarCamp and beyond, Mahesh Sharma tracks the fortunes of Australia's startup community.
Mahesh Sharma earned his pen licence in his homeland, where he covered the technology industry for ZDNet, SMH, Sky Business News, and The Australian--first as an FTE, and later as a freelancer. The latter fueled his passion for startups and empowered a unique perspective on entrepreneurs' passion to solve problems using technology. Armed with this knowledge, experience, and discipline, Mahesh has returned to his spiritual homeland India to document the mixed fortunes of one of the world's most exciting technology economies.
A world without stock options is a world without semiconductor chips, personal computers, video games, and the Internet.
Lawyers said the government overreacted with its stock options laws in 2009, which have created a unique local market for creative tax structures.
The unions heavily lobbied their former member Treasurer Wayne Swan to relax changes to the employee share schemes that crippled businesses and startups.
Treasurer Wayne Swan's whirlwind AU$200m tax grab has sent corporations and startups into a spin, viewed as a lopsided struggle to equitably share the spoils of business growth with the workers responsible.
As Australian software champion, Atlassian, is expected to list on the Nasdaq later this year, are employee stock options a viable option for other Aussie startups?
Venture-capital executives have downplayed a 9 percent increase in the number of deals this year, which the industry body trumpets as a sign of success.
Can a startup ecosystem be viable if only one gender is represented?
Sydney has been crowned Australia's startup capital by a new report compiled by stakeholders from the country's biggest city.
Apple and Android fanboys steadfastly hold their ground in the debate over whose operating reigns supreme, but they may not have a leg to stand on after two defectors changed sides.
Launching a film competition on an unsightly subject inspired Laurence Wolf to create a local online video competitions website.
Start-up hunters have set their traps — networking events, accelerators, and hobby weekends. They wait for their eager and naive prey to take the juicy bait: to ditch their dreary lives for the fame and riches that only a start-up can offer.
99designs strengthened its claim as the world's number one purveyor of crowdsourced logo competitions by acquiring German rival 12 Designers, but the quest for global domination has created enemies and taken casualties.
CultureAmp's makers quickly found out that it isn't enough to build a product and hope that customers will see the benefit in using it; instead, the product has to meet the needs of the market.
The recent launch of VC firm Blackbird Ventures caps the two-year rise to power of Startmate founder Niki Scevak.