Happy Holidays and Looking Forward to 2010

December 21, 2009

by Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network

Seasons greetings, ANZA Tech members. I hope that the end to this challenging year finds you and your families healthy, happy and looking forward to brighter horizons in 2010.

We cannot downplay the role the economy had in many of our business plans for 2009. While many in the innovative tech industry both in the US and Australia were able to hang on, there is no denying that plans for growth or new ventures had to be downsized to match the fact that investors, customers and potential partners simply had less money to spend.

On the upside a downturn forces entrepreneurs to do one of the things they excel at: think outside the box and come up with new solutions. For many this year, this involved re-organizing your business plans to look at new markets, new revenue channels and new products. We are undoubtedly going to begin to see the results of these revised plans next year. (Read more)

Nominations Open for The Next Web Australia Awards for Startups

December 21, 2009

The Next Web Australia is seeking nominations for the best startups, entrepreneurs and technologies on the Australian innovative landscape. Anyone can make a nomination by 31 December. In true entrepreneurial spirit, you can even nominate yourself, or tell your friends to nominate you. It’s all good fun and a way to look back at the breakthroughs and other exciting moments in the Aussie startup scene in 2009.

Categories include:

  • Best New Australian Startup – this is a startup launched in 2009
  • Breakout Award – Startups that finally made it big in 2009
  • Plain Cool – For startups that, as the name suggests, are just plain cool.
  • Most Likely To Change The World – For startups that have big goals and might just achieve them
  • Startup Person of the Year – To recognise an exceptional, inspirational person working in a startup
  • Best Web startup – The big gong for web startups
  • Best Mobile startup – The big gong for mobile startups
  • Best Enterprise startup – The big gong for enterprise startups

Simply put the name of a startup and which category(s) you’d like to nominate them for in an email Kim Heras, editor of The Next Web at kim [at] au.thenextweb [dot] com.


  • Nominations will close on December 31st
  • You can nominate your own startup or yourself
  • You can nominate a startup for as many categories as you think they should win
  • You can nominate more than one startup for each category

Winners will be announced in early 2010.

(Read more)

Vote in VentureBeat’s Poll for “Gadget of the Decade”

December 14, 2009

Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat is running a poll. Vote for your favorite gadget of the decade. Is it Apple’s iPhone or iTunes? Nintendo’s Wii? Microsoft’s Xbox 360? Flat panel TVs? The Blackberry? What about Amazon’s Kindle or Flip Video camcorders? One thing is certain, the 2000s (the jury is still out on what the decade’s official name should be) was no doubt the “Decade of the Gadget”. Cast your vote for your favorite here.


Predictions for 2010: A Coming Cloud Catastrophe?

December 14, 2009

While the “best of lists” for 2009 and the decade as a whole keep coming, so do forecasts for what may be in store for us in 2010. A bit foreboding is this BusinessWeek report that follows up with Mark Anderson’s report in Strategic News Service, which is delivered annually to industry senior executives at companies like Intel, Dell, and Microsoft.

A growing number of businesses and individuals have begun to heavily rely on “cloud computing” over the past few years, turning over storage and various other tasks to outside providers. Such storage options have become commonplace, from photographers archiving pictures with Yahoo!’s Flickr to companies turning over complicated computing operations to Amazon. Anderson suggests that the tendency could backfire in some high-profile way in the coming year. “It could either be a service-outage-type catastrophe or a security-based catastrophe,” he says. “In either case, it will be big enough. It will be the kind of disaster that makes you say, if you’re a [Chief Information Officer]: ‘That’s why I didn’t get involved with the cloud.'” (Read more)

The Top 10 Emerging Green Tech Trends of 2009

December 14, 2009

It’s the time of year for “best of” lists and the green tech industry is one of the first to compile theirs.

Despite this year’s economic woes, Greentech Media reports that “lots of little trends popped up in 2009 and they will likely have an impact on what happens in 2010.” Among the hits — smart grid deployments starting moving from the conceptual phase to reality and cheaper solar power. Click here to see the top 10 trends and read more.

Australia Innovation Shootout in Silicon Valley, January 20, 2010

December 10, 2009

It’s not too early to save the date and RSVP to the fourth annual Australia Innovation Shoot Out, to be held at the Microsoft Campus on January 20, 2010, from 8:00 am – 11:30 am.

Eight innovative companies will pitch their technologies to a panel of top-tier US investors who will rate them on their readiness to play on the global stage, starting in Silicon Valley. It’s a competition, and the judges will carefully evaluate each company before naming one “Australia Innovator of the Year”. Seating is limited for this free event. RSVP now (through SDForum) to reserve your spot.

Click here for more details and a list of the eight state finalists. Watch this space for upcoming exciting announcements about panelists, keynotes and more.