Aussie in the Big Apple

Aussie in the Big Apple
Michael Giles is the founder/CEO of Roboinvest, a tech start-up.  Michael, an Australian, is based in New York. He tweets @harland.

  • Don’t spend it before you get it

    For the past two months I have been actively working on obtaining funding for Roboinvest from investors in New York.  We have almost closed the round, but it’s not officially closed until the documents have been signed and the money is in the bank.

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  • Improving your funding chances

    Raising funds for your start-up is probably the most distracting, time consuming and hardest things you will do as an entrepreneur.

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  • Networking, New York-style

    Having spent the better part of six months of this year as a study abroad student completing part of my MEI (Swinburne Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York I’ve been able to fully experience American culture, particularly entrepreneurship.
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  • Lessons from the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC conference

    It's funny how things have their way of working out. Even though I really wanted to go, I hadn't planned on attending the conference.

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Measuring how far you’ve come
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel and don’t be afraid to congratulate yourself for how far you’ve come. BY LINNET HUNTER.

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Don’t swap a business model for hype

When the tech media hypes the “next big thing”, it can be incredibly tempting to uncritically jump on the bandwagon. However, there is a something you must consider before you do. BY MICHAEL GILES.

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Dreams “displayed” on computers

Scientists predict we could soon use computers to “see” what we have dreamed about, and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.


YouTube has introduced a new way for content creators to promote their videos and channels, launching a feature called InVideo Programming, designed to help creators grow their audience.
Australian crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has made its first foray into Asia, after launching its service in Singapore, India and the Philippines as part of a global expansion plan.
More than one in 20 Australians purchase organic products on a regular basis, according to a new report, which predicts the $1.27 billion industry is set for 15% annual growth.
Yahoo! has made its first acquisition under the direction of chief executive Marissa Mayer, snapping up celebrity-backed mobile recommendations app Stamped for an undisclosed sum.
Ninja Blocks and ScriptRock are among this year’s winners of technology innovation event Tech23, which saw four start-ups share in $100,000.


It’s time to rally the troops
As much as it pains me to type this, it’s time to call a meeting. Don’t make it a short 10 minute meeting either – go the full hour.

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Four essential Windows 8 gestures
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Microsoft Surface tablet review

Last week, Microsoft began taking pre-sale orders in Australia for its Surface RT tablet range. This week, the first reviews of the tablet began appearing on the internet. So is the Surface a potential business tool for your start-up?


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