The global financial crisis might have tarnished some of Silicon Valley's lustre, but for many Australian technology entrepreneurs who have migrated to the US, it hasn't lost its bright shiny status.
From boom to bust, from unconference to BarCamp and beyond, Mahesh Sharma tracks the fortunes of Australia's startup community.
Australian-born, Bangalore-based Mahesh Sharma is ZDNet's India correspondent.
The funding picture for Australian tech start-ups remains as bleak as ever.
The team behind the Sydney-based maker of mobile games and applications B33hive has sold its business off and is starting again with a new Twitter-based service for television addicts.
Assets of the Australian MPEG-21 video compression technology company Enikos are up for sale, with investors unwilling to fund its further development.
Only a few years ago Atlassian and Omnidrive were the flag carriers for Australia's Web 2.0 movement. But recent developments have shown just how different the outcomes for start-up companies and entrepreneurs can be.
Aussie start-up Biarri reckons it has found a way to give even small businesses access to some of the most powerful mathematical modelling tools available.
Sydney-based start-up Audinate is making traditional analog cabling obsolete in favour of TCP/IP-based networking technology. And it's doing a pretty good job so far, with its technology used by World Youth Day and the Sydney Opera House.
Adelaide-based start-up Punchcard is hoping to bring 3D modelling skills to the masses with VideoTrace.
South Australian distributed backup start-up Memory Box splits up users' data and spreads it in encrypted form across many customers' PCs. But can the company build trust amongst customers who could be worried about their data being stored on other people's hard drives?
Australian start-up Orange Dot has achieved early recognition for its Doo Mobile experience, which creates a new type of mobile phone suitable for use by a wide group of disabled people.