Farmers have traditionally read the skies for insights into surviving the harsh agriculture business but now it's a new type of cloud that may support them.
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.
In the start-up universe, first-mover advantage is a law that like gravity, can weigh on a company's fortunes, but Sydney-based DesignCrowd hopes to become the exception to the rule.
Entrepreneurs, next time your pitch is rejected by an investor, don't blame them for something that could be your mistake.
Holiday website Stayz was a unique way for holiday homeowners to get the word out about their property, turning physical assets into digital capital. The website's founder now hopes to replicate this for the broader category of small businesses, helping SMBs to spruik their wares online.
The local growth in start-up activity and investment has provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australian entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality, but it has also accelerated the export of our best and brightest talent and intellectual property.
It's happened to everybody; the phone vibrates or emits a sound notification, you feel instantly popular and in demand, and proudly whip out your phone to see who has contacted you, only to realise that it was just another annoying update from an unused app.
A security researcher recently explained to me that any hacker "would've loved to have hacked in to Twitter five years ago", because, if he had, then he would have potentially had a lifeline directly in to its key systems and information.
It's a problem that haunts all types of technology. If you want information about a system you'd better be prepared to search for it.
Australia's history as a game developer outsourcing hub has positioned it to take a slice of the next generation of social and mobile games, and now venture capital firms need to step up.
Startmate company Ninja Blocks raised over $35,000 in under four days via the Kickstarter project to build a device that bridges the gap between your real life and the web.
RecruitLoop has taken the cloud service delivery model to the Australian recruitment industry and in the process may have solved the chicken-and-egg problem that plagues start-up marketplaces often touted as the "99designs of x or y".
PhD student Jenna Tregarthen felt helpless as she watched her best friend suffer from an eating disorder, but that all changed when she was accepted into one of the world's most exclusive entrepreneurship programs.
Australian small business owners now have the opportunity to leverage their best customers via a new application that combines the power of referrals with loyalty rewards schemes.
Mandarin Madness has cracked the 1000-download milestone, and has plans to leverage its unique "agnostic language mechanic" to boost its growing popularity with users in China and Korea.
Entrepreneurs are being encouraged to solve the world's biggest problems in the fields of the National Broadband Network, big data and big markets in order to qualify for the PushStart accelerator program, which has just been launched.