We’ve Moved!

April 9, 2011

In case you haven’t already found our new space, we’re now blogging and posting all other ANZA TechNet news here: http://www.anzatechnet.com/.

Visit our new, improved website. See you there!


Is San Francisco the New Epicenter of Silicon Valley?

September 6, 2010

For years it’s been an open secret – young entrepreneurs and tech-savvy folks who work for the big Silicon Valley conglomerates have been living in San Francisco while commuting to Silicon Valley. After all, does anyone really relocate to northern California to live in Mountain View?

Now it appears that many of these people also did not move to the Bay Area to commute. They’ve started companies in San Francisco proper – not 30 or 40 miles south on the 101 freeway in Palo Alto or San Jose, traditional epicenters of what’s typically considered Silicon Valley.

According to the San Francisco Sunday Examiner, San Francisco has been “beating out South Bay cities for venture capital, boosting key sectors and creating a hotbed of growing firms.” Software companies, social media, gaming, green tech and biotech are leading the pack of industry sectors attracting the VC dollars.

Good news for the entire innovative tech industry in the Bay Area (which includes Silicon Valley and San Francisco): “investors poured nearly $3 billion into Bay Area companies in the past three months – a 100 percent increase from the first quarter.” More than $283 million went to companies located in San Francisco. (Read more)


Photos from ANZA TechNet’s Gateway to US Workshops in Australia

September 1, 2010

We’ve just completed our annual Gateway to the US workshops, with Guidewire Group’s CEO Chris Shipley. As a key component of the workshops we rated innovative Australian businesses with global potential on 7 critical dynamics using the Guidewire Group’s G/Score. The G/Score has been used exclusively in the US, Europe and Asia, but this was its first use Down Under. ANZA TechNet is hoping to see many of the companies we scored over the last two weeks in Silicon Valley at the Gateway to the US Summit in November.

Check out some photos from the workshops at this link. Portraits of the entrepreneurs and ANZA TechNet partners are courtesy of Chris Shipley. (Pictured: Greg Boundy, Innovate SA Chief Executive.)


Australians on Building a Brand in the US

August 17, 2010

The Advance Lounge Chair Series in Los Angeles last week featured a panel of Australians with experience on building a brand in the US. Some great first-hand tips for Australian entrepreneurs considering the US market.

For more videos from Advance, please click here.


Tech23 in Sydney This Week – 19 August

August 15, 2010

Tech23 is a celebration of innovation, bringing together innovative Australian ICT companies with industry leaders, media and 400+ attendees to support ICT growth and discover what innovations are just around the corner!

This second annual event will be held in Sydney, Thursday, 19 August at The Auditorium, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW. The event will feature 23 of Australia’s hottest companies across multiple tech platforms, including: robotics, mobile, digital, green, software and enterprise technologies.

Companies will present to panels of experts including Roger Allen; Scott Farquhar, co-founder & CEO, Atlassian who just received over $60million from US VC; Martin Hosking, Chairman of Aconex and one of the founders of Looksmart; Ryan Junee who sold his company Omnisio to Google; Deepak Natarajan, Managing Director, Intel Capital and many more.

The event runs from 9-5.30pm and is followed by an Awards Presentation Event – 5.45-7.30pm.

Register here: www.tech23.com.au

ANZA Tech Members can attend for $150 (+gst) for both the Tech23 2010 event and the Awards Presentation Event. Register here.


Why Australian Entrepreneurs Should Give Silicon Valley a Try

August 10, 2010

Guest post by Elias Bizannes, chairman of the DataPortability Project and a promoter of Australian technology through Silicon Beach

Last year I took a position with Vast.com in San Francisco. As a passionate supporter of Australian technology and its place on the global stage, I’ve also come to the realization that we can’t begin to conquer the world from Australia. We need to take advantage of the open door policy Silicon Valley affords Australian entrepreneurs. Why? Let’s start with the talent concentration. Two examples to illustrate:

    1) Language: In Silicon Valley people operate on a different level. It is the technology capital of the world and the people here live and breathe tech – 24/7. They talk about run rates and burn in a way that demonstrates the way they innately know the industry average, like how people know the weather during different times of the year.
    2) It’s a magnet: The Valley draws from around the world a certain personality type. The Aussies who come here are no exception. The Bay Area has one of the highest concentrations of university graduates in America, and the world. The people are smart here, they are competitive and they are hungry. Immersing yourself in this culture, simply through osmosis you start evolving your own abilities. Within a short time, you find yourself talking about how to start a business to talking about building a billion dollar business.

A year later, I’m more convinced than ever that the best way we are going to move Australia forward into having its own Silicon Valley-like ecosystem is by having our best brightest people move here for a few years. After a generation, we’ll have the talent concentration we talk about in Australia. And the Americans won’t mind how much we’ve borrowed from them.


ANZA TechNet Brings Guidewire Group’s G/Score for Innovative Startups to Australia for First Time

August 5, 2010

We’re excited to be bringing the Guidewire Group’s exclusive startup assessment tool – the G/Score – to Australia for the first time this month as part of ANZA’s Gateway to the US introductory workshops in Australian capital cities, 23 August – 1 September.

Developed by leading global startup advisory firm, Guidewire Group, the G/Score assesses a startup’s progress in seven critical business activities. The G/Score has been used in Europe, Asia and the US – but not Australia. The ANZA workshops mark the G/Score’s debut Down Under, and Guidewire Group CEO Chris Shipley will personally score each workshop participating company. Space in the workshops is limited to just 80 Australian companies ready to explore US business opportunities as part of the ANZA Gateway to the US program.

The G/Score combines the expertise of Shipley and her Guidewire Group team, who have assessed over 20,000 startups worldwide in the last 20 years. Companies deliver a 5-minute presentation, and the G/Score is applied to rate the company on commercial viability, execution, team and business model.

“The G/Score benefits startups because it’s a transparent analysis that focuses on achievement and execution and prescribes a path forward to business performance. Partners and investors trust the unbiased methodology to shorten the upfront analysis and decision-making and accelerate time to engagement. Most importantly, it provides startups with actionable, unbiased feedback about their strengths and opportunities,” said Shipley. (Read more)