Once bitten, twice shy must be a term that escapes media mogul James Packer, who appears to have fallen victim to the second (dot)coming, courtesy of a scheme people in tech circles are now calling Grouponzi.
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.
The tech trade fair CeBIT may be a platform for pollies and salesmen to spruik their wares to respective constituents, but start-ups are also getting in on the act with a little help from government and the community.
Few services can claim to have generated 100,000 visitors in three weeks with no advertising and minimal promotion, but this milestone is just the beginning for 23-year-old Aussie developer Dominic Holland.
Language learning game Mandarin Madness took out the top honours and the prize worth $8000 at the inaugural Startup Weekend in Melbourne.
In recent months, the Groupon-inspired group-buying phenomenon has sparked a wave of blatant copycats both at home and abroad, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the forgettable boy-band craze of the '90s.
Melbourne is poised to host the country's first Startup Weekend-branded get-together where wannabe entrepreneurs form teams with strangers, and over two days compete to develop a prototype mobile application or web product.
Sydney-based venture capital firm OneVentures has just celebrated its one-year anniversary, an achievement that seemed a long way off when the founders' investment drive was pushed off course by the global financial crisis (GFC).
The Australian start-up scene is set to receive another boost with the launch of a new mentor-driven investment fund, PushStart, which will offer a free year-round mentoring service.
With a swag of industry awards under its belt and ambitious plans to expand to America, 2011 is shaping up to be the make-or-break year for local social-media monitoring start-up BuzzNumbers.
The upcoming SydStart conference hopes to educate and nurture the next generation of Australian entrepreneurs by tapping into the recent success of local start-ups such as Atlassian and Spreets.
Sydney drivers on the notoriously congested M4 tollway could soon shorten their commutes courtesy of a recently completed data mining competition coordinated by local start-up Kaggle.
Politicians often come under fire for fraternising with the private sector, but in this regard I think our MPs could learn a thing or two from US President Barack Obama, who recently dined with Silicon Valley royalty.
Originally conceived as an additional feature to another product, Chorus' consumer mood-tracking technology has a shot at success all on its own after its selection in the Startmate investment program.
Start-up IRL Gaming is looking to launch a new real-world gaming platform described as "Mafia Wars meets Foursquare meets World of Warcraft".
A winner in the StartMate funding and mentoring program, BugHerd, hopes its tool will speed up the obstacles in software development commonly caused by bug tracking and resolution.