April 2015

National innovation agency and relaxed visa rules among recommendations to develop startup ecosystem: StartupAus report

4:42PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By Broede Carmody Australia still lacks the required conditions for a successful startup ecosystem, according to a report released today by peak not-for-profit group StartupAus.

Australia needs to embrace startups or get left behind: 2015 Crossroads report

4:17PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By Broede Carmody Australia has been given a direct warning in the latest StartupAus report: embrace startups or be left behind by the rest of the world.

The EC’s case against Google is a bad application of outdated laws

4:55PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By David Glance Law and trade policy operate on timescales that are always going to significantly lag technological change.

How much will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club pirates have to pay?

4:49PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By Marc C-Scott Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Why a robot could do your job

4:40PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By Toby Walsh Here’s a game to play over dinner. One person names a profession that they believe can’t be taken over by a machine, and another person has to make a case why it’s not so future-proof.

THE NEWS WRAP: Dutch prosecutors launch criminal investigation into Uber

4:24AM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | By StartupSmart Dutch authorities have launched a criminal investigation into Uber because the company is providing an illegal taxi service that violates a court order.

Regional Queensland startups get a boost with ilab roadshow visits, Mentor Blaze coming to Cairns and Townsville

4:19PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | By Andrew Sadauskas Entrepreneurs in regional Queensland are set to receive a boost, with ilab planning a series of Regional Startup Roadshow seminars in Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Maryborough, while Mentor Blaze events will run in Cairns and Townsville on the same day as Brisbane.

Space, the final (hackathon) frontier: Australian entrepreneurs encouraged to boldly go where no startup has gone before

4:50PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | By Andrew Sadauskas The 2015 SpaceApps Challenge Adelaide, a space-themed hackathon organised by NASA, has highlighted the growing potential of Australian space exploration startups.

The health tech revolution will be televised: New accelerator offers $40,000 and broadcasting services

4:29PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | By Andrew Sadauskas A new virtual accelerator program focusing on health tech startups is offering $40,000 in broadcast time and services in exchange for 7% equity, with the possibility of a further $40,000 cash in exchange for another 7% in equity.

What will business look like in 2055?

4:56PM | Friday, 17 April 2015 | By Paul Wallbank The federal government’s Intergenerational Report is receiving plenty of criticism as critics, including this writer, dissect its shortcomings and call its authors out for their failure to imagine how society and the economy will look in 2055.