April 2014

Here’s EXACTLY what the government can do to support the startup ecosystem

4:00AM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | By Rose Powell The Australian tech startup scene is ready to take off, but Australia might become globally irrelevant if our political leaders fail to grasp urgency of the opportunity, according to a new report by StartupAus.

First intake of Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator has their first investor pitch night

4:31PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Rose Powell Most of the startups midway through the Muru-d program pitched to a room of investors at the Telstra-backed accelerator’s first investor day.

Is another tech wreck coming? Some insights from Netslaves author Bill Lessard

4:59PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas During the ‘90s tech boom, author and web pioneer Bill Lessard documented the worst excesses of the web. With some commentators predicting another tech wreck, Lessard shares some critical lessons from the golden age of Silicon Valley.

Federal government to conduct review into significant investor visa program

4:45PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By StartupSmart The federal government has announced plans to conduct a review into the significant investment visa program, potentially opening up opportunities to incentivise foreign investors to come to Australia.

Atlassian pledges $35 million to charity: Founders call on entrepreneurs to do more

4:39PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Cara Waters With Atlassian’s latest share sale valuing it at $US3.3 billion the Australian software company has pledged $35 million to charity.

Why we raised $300,000 through a revenue loan: Online marketplace startup

4:39PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Rose Powell LegalVision has pivoted twice and is ready for to grow, raising $300,000 as a revenue loan.

Apple partnership helps app development startup pass a million downloads

4:11PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Rose Powell Sydney-based educational app developer Shiny Things has passed a million app downloads since launching two years ago.

Stopping another Heartbleed: This Aussie startup is gathering global developers to squash OpenSSL bugs

4:08PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Rose Powell There might be even more issues with the OpenSSL software, used to keep websites and your details safe, that we aren’t aware of yet. Australian startup BugCrowd has a plan to fix these problems.

THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon looking at launching Kindle smartphone

4:32AM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Amazon is believed to be gearing up to release a smartphone in the second half of this year, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

Faking it ‘til you make it

4:42PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | By Bronwen Clune We asked a number of well-known Australian entrepreneurs to share their stories around “faking it ‘til you make it”. Here’s what they had to say.