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!

Australian Federal Election Called for Saturday 21 August

July 18, 2010

Advance, the global network for global Australians, has put together guidelines for Australians living overseas on voting in the Australian federal election called for Saturday, 21 August.

It is not compulsory to enrol while you are living outside of Australia but if you wish to please go to: www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Update_enrolment.htm

If you would like more information about voting whilst overseas, the AEC has produced Voting Overseas – Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are not sure if you are already enrolled to vote check online at oevf.aec.gov.au/

If you are not enrolled to vote:
• You must complete an enrolment form right now and return it to the AEC by 8pm (local time) Monday, 19 July 2010.

If you are already enrolled to vote but haven’t updated your address details on the electoral roll:
• Complete a new enrolment form and return it to the AEC by 8pm (local time) Thursday 22 July 2010.

For instructions on how to fax or email your enrolment form to the AEC see their latest advice at www.aec.gov.au/enrol/send-form.htm

For more general information about voting in the election go to the AEC’s website: www.aec.gov.au

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.

10 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Do Wrong

January 14, 2010

Lest you think we’re picking on VCs (see next post), we’ve got a list for entrepreneurs, too.

“10 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Do to Mess Up Their Businesses,” was compiled by Guidewire Group’s CEO and lead analyst, Chris Shipley (a long-time ANZA TechNet member). Chris’s insights are known ’round the globe to be pretty sharp. So, don’t let these sting — instead take heed. This advice may just prove invaluable.

(Read more)

Eight Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Like VCs (as compiled by a VC)

January 14, 2010

VCs — love them or hate them — if you’re an entrepreneur in startup or acceleration mode, you can’t rule them out. Fred Destin is a European VC with a blog who asked his readers late last year to tell him why entrepreneurs don’t like VCs.

He got a lot of responses. Are you surprised?

Over the course of two guest posts on Venture Hacks, Destin listed the eight main reasons why entrepreneurs can end up disliking VCs. The Business Insider has consolidated these, with a list that begins with “Poor first impressions” and ends with “Ugly business behavior”. Ouch.

And there’s a lot more sandwiched in between. Read the full story here.

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)

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)