What Will Be Australia’s Role in the Cleantech “Green Revolution”?

March 30, 2010


Australia will be at the forefront of the “green revolution”. To keep up with cleantech news Down Under, we’d like to let you know about an exciting new media platform, CTTV — CleanTech TV. The service will feature regular interviews with Australia’s cleantech industry leaders as well as those from around the world whose expertise will play a vital role in Australia’s cleantech endeavors, as well as internationally. To find out more about CTTV — including how to get your company featured in a segment, click here.


Startup Advice: 6 Lists from ReadWriteStart

March 30, 2010

ReadWriteStart has compiled lists for six key areas for entrepreneurs to pay close attention to when in startup mode. A must-read for any first-time entrepreneur and worth a review for you serial folks out there, too. Lots of links to additional sources. (Read more)


The US Weighs in on Australia’s Proposed Internet Filter

March 29, 2010

We’ve been waiting for the US to comment on the Australian government’s proposed Internet filter (aka “Rudd filter”). For months now we have seen a variety of Australian tech types, social media mavens and online publications make their opinions known — but what does the nation that makes the most about freedom speech have to say?

Today’s Australian reports that the Obama administration finds the idea to filter out unsavory content like child pornography to be “contrary to the US’s foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and global security.”

The news is a blow to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who is defending the plan for internet companies to mandatorily block illegal and abhorrent websites — for instance, child pornography — but faces growing opposition…. That the US government joins a widening coalition of agencies with concerns about the plan is sure to turn up the political heat on Senator Conroy.

It follows criticism from Google — in the midst of a high-profile battle in China over political censorship — that Australia’s plan for mandatory filtering of blacklisted websites may prevent the free flow of information and would probably be ineffective in curbing the spread of child porn.

Read more.


Rio Tinto Workers Admit Taking Bribes in China

March 23, 2010

From today’s New York Times:

SHANGHAI — China’s high-profile prosecution of executives of the British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto took a bizarre turn on Monday, as the executives, once accused of spying, confessed instead to accepting bribes from Chinese steel makers. (Read more)

Australians seeking to do business and to expand global commercialization efforts in China should not be put off by this case and its complexities, but rather are urged to work with individuals or organizations who can help you successfully navigate this very different business terrain. The ANZA TechNet Gateway to China pilot is launching next month — and there is still time to take part in a free workshop in Sydney. Click here for details and registration info.


Looking Back at the Dotcom Bust

March 19, 2010

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the dotcom bust. On March 10, 2000 the Nasdaq peaked at 5,048.62. Then it promptly nose-dived, never to see that level again. What happened next was the great dotcom bust that sent the US economy into a tailspin, salvaged in the last decade — only temporarily — by Web 2.0. As we await Web 3.0, and still-to-come better days in Silicon Valley and beyond, here’s Wired’s look back at the products, the players and the promises of the dotcom era, and where they are now.

Click here to read Wired’s “10 Years After: The Dotcom Boom and Bust.”


Startup Bus Pitches — and Winners — at SXSW

March 15, 2010

We’ve got some of the first coverage coming out of SXSW on the companies formed on The Startup Bus last week, that launched in Austin, TX on Friday night.

There were 8 Australians among the 25 “buspreneurs”. The project was the innovation of Elias Bizannes, who many of you know as the founder of Silicon Beach. A number of Australian entrepreneurs based in the US also took part in the project as sponsors, including Atlassian and eStrategy.

For coverage on Friday night’s launch party see KazzaDrask Media and NextWeb.au.

Photo courtesy of KazzaDrask Media.


Australians and ANZA TechNet at SXSW

March 12, 2010

Last week we told you about The StartupBus, which left San Francisco on Tuesday and arrives at SXSW in Austin, TX  today.  The StartupBus is the innovation of Australian (and ANZA TechNet member) Elias Bizannes.  On board are 25 entrepreneurs, who have divided themselves into teams to create ideas for startups that they will pitch tonight at Hickory Street Bar & Grill, 800 Congress Ave. in Austin at 6:30. It may be the hottest free ticket for super-early stage innovation at SXSW. And, a number of Aussies will be among the participants.

Our friends at Australian Anthill have some on-the-road coverage of the StartupBus. The Bus also got a write-up in the Wall Street Journal! But perhaps the best way to keep up with the StartupBus is on Twitter @TheStartupBus.

Another source of coverage on Aussies at this major interactive and entrepreneurial conference has been iPitch.com.au. The biggest story with an Australian angle is QMCODES out of Melbourne providing QR codes on all the attendees badges. CEO Antony McGregor Dey will be moderating a panel on QR code technology featuring representatives from publisher Harper Collins and Google.  Antony is also an ANZA TechNet member.

Darren Rowse, the Australian behind ProBlogger will be giving a reading at 5:20 pm tonight from his book “Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income“.

On Saturday, March 13, a group of Australians are conducting a panel discussion called “Time Travelers: Why Australians Are Virtual World Innovators”.  I think those of us working across the international dateline know why — but the panel should certainly prove to be a bit of an eye-opener for those used to working on American timezones only.

Our marketing manager, Kathy Drasky is at the show, following these Aussies and looking for others. You can ping her on Twitter @kazzadraskmedia. Let her know of any other Aussie events at SXSW ANZA TechNet members should know about.