Web’s New Sharing Wave the Rage Among VCs

April 23, 2010

FourSquare, Blippy, Skimble, Swipely, Dopplr and Daily Booth? How many of these new “sharing” sites and apps have you heard of…yet? Think back to 2007 and if someone asked you the same question about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?

Venture capitalists are betting on the new online openness those three top social networking sites have fostered to bring on the Web’s next wave — openly sharing everything from where you’re having a beer at the moment to how much you just spent on DVDs, clothes or even a nose job!

See today’s story in the New York Times, “For Web’s New Wave, Sharing Is the Point” by Brad Stone for the scoop.

Fastest Way to Get an Apple iPad in Australia? Take Our Survey

April 21, 2010

ANZA TechNet is seeking people with knowledge of the unique Australia-US technology connection to complete this short survey by 27 April at midnight.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into our sweepstakes to win a new Apple iPad. That’s one way to get an iPad in Australia before they officially come on the market Down Under! And, if you’ve already got yours here in the US, why not take a chance to get a second one? They make great gifts!

ANZA is looking to improve the connection between Australian entrepreneurs and the technology industry in the US. If you are an innovative Australian or work with entrepreneurs in Australia to help them commercialise globally or if you work with tech companies in the US to help them start up and expand — you are the perfect candidate to complete our survey. And — you just may win an iPad for your input.

Entrepreneur and VC Doron Ben-Meir Named Commercialisation Australia CEO

April 20, 2010

Innovation Minister Kim Carr has named Doron Ben-Meir the CEO of Commercialisation Australia.

Ben-Meir is an entrepreneur and VC with more than 20 years’ first-hand experience in the venture capital market, building technology-based companies, assisting early-stage entrepreneurs to develop their businesses, and supporting the efforts of innovators to commercialize their intellectual property. He is the founder and CEO of Prescient Venture Capital and a member of ANZA Technology Network.

Commercialisation Australia has attained $196 million in funding for 4 years and gives businesses access to a range of measures tailored to help them bring their innovations to market. The program is currently accepting applications from Australian entrepreneurs. Click here for details.

Funding Connect: Sydney, 22 April

April 11, 2010

If you’re an Australian entrepreneur in the Sydney area, come connect with leading investors, successful entrepreneurs and clever people from the government and research sectors at Funding Connect NSW on 22 April in Sydney.

Create exciting new opportunities and possibilities for partnerships, commercialization, funding and more with Funding Connect NSW’s invaluable insights and networking.  Discover which funding options are appropriate for your business by understanding the motivations and expectations of government grant programs, angel investors and venture capitalists. Panel discussions and networking.

when Thursday 22nd April, 2010
time 12noon – 6.30pm
venue Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
cost $220 (AUD) inc. GST
(50% discount for entrepreneurs, Australian companies, government, and R+D)

Click here to register today.

Upcoming ANZA Events in Sydney, Adelaide

April 5, 2010

ANZA is offering two key events in Australia later this month. On 20 April, there will be a clean tech information session for our Gateway to China program open to New South Wales companies considering the China market. This event is free, but you must sign up for it in advance. Click here for details and registration.

On 22 April, Viki Forrest, ANZA CEO will speak on “Commercialising Australian Innovation: A Cultural Challenge” at an Adelaide networking event for entrepreneurs interested in being a part of the discussion about the future of Australian innovation in the global marketplace. This event is free, but advance registration is required. Click here for registration and details.

Contact Viki Forrest at viki@anzatechnet.com for additional information about either session. Read the rest of this entry »

China Drawing High-Tech Research from the US

April 5, 2010

This story from the New York Times is a few weeks old, but it is relevant to Australian clean tech entrepreneurs considering the China market (as well as their American counterparts). For instance, consider that

  • American companies and their engineers — are being drawn to China as China develops a high-tech economy that increasingly competes directly with the United States (and means double the opportunities for Australians, who may want to partner with a US company, or go it solo into China).
  • The China market is surging for electricity, cars and much more.
  • Western green energy companies in particular are offered many subsidies by Chinese cities and regions.
  • China is leading the way in clean technology research.

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The Size of the Market: Who Will Buy the iPad? – 20 Million Consumers, That’s Who

April 1, 2010

by Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network

Every now and again I’m reminded about the size of US market vs. the size of the Australian market in terms worth pointing out. Having worked with hundreds of Australian CEOs who want to find out more about whether to do business in America, I often say what a great test market Australia is for the US. If your innovation makes inroads in the Aussie marketplace, multiply that customer base by 10-15% and consider the possibilities that await you in the US market.

Since iPad pre-sales started earlier this month, reports have been mixed from an American consumer point of view. Newsflash: Not every American is going to buy an iPad. If Apple was planning on 300 million sales in 2010, they’re going to fall quite short of that mark. But one mark they will hit, according to Mashable is 9% of consumers surveyed indicated they are likely to buy an iPad in the next 6 months.

What does 9% of American consumers translate to? More than 20 million people over the age of 18, that’s who. Or, roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Australia.