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Got big ideas? Here’s how you can win BIG and change the universe, too!

The Global Impact Competition, supported by the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC), the Queensland Government, financial services specialist GBST Holdings (GBST) the Gold Coast Innovation Centre, and possibly the United Federation of Planets, challenges Australian innovators and entrepreneurs to develop an idea to positively affect one million of their terrestrial cohabitants.

Think Silicon Valley, mate

Australian entrepreneurs with ambition need to add Silicon Valley to their horizons. The outlook is necessary to comprehend the sheer size of global markets, and to opens one’s mind to opportunities.

How does the Australian startup scene compare to Silicon Valley? Report reveals how we...

While that may sound a little disheartening, bear this in mind. If you're in Silicon Valley you've got an 8% chance, or a 6.7% chance if you're in Silicon Alley (New York). But how is the Australian startup ecosystem compared to the rest of the world, and, of course, Silicon Valley?

Stackla, the Australian social media start up that is taking on Lady Gaga

Stackla is at the forefront of an emerging trend, where brands and organisations are providing curated social media content to their fans, providing a more relevant & tailored social experience.

The US ‘incubator’ craze comes to the rescue of Australian start-ups, super hero style

Leading Australian business strategist, commentator and author Kerwin Rae believes the ‘incubator’ craze gathering momentum in Australia could stem the flow of local talent leaving our shores. Meanwhile, the federal government is becoming increasingly aware that they must do something or we face economic collapse within our economy as SMEs make up such a huge portion of GDP. If SMEs fail, we fail.

From Sydney to Silicon Valley – Australian startups target growth through collaboration

It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on the opening of the NSW Government supported StartupHouse all the way over in nerd mecca, Silicon Valley. And yet last month NSW Trade & Investment named the first four early-stage technology companies due to gain access to international business opportunities while being nestled on the incubator’s geeky bosom. In this short video, Robert G.S. Lambert (we can only assume that his middle initials stand for 'Goin' Stellar') takes a virtual tour through Startup House and introduces some of its newest tenants.

Better than Pinterest? 99dresses.com finds new lease of life in Silicon Valley

What happened when Nikki Durkin took 99dresses.com to Silicon Valley? The 20 year old has been telling the American press that she has 'created crack for women', after three months of internship at YCombinator, arguably the world’s most famous startup accelerator.

Sh*t people say in Silicon Valley

You've no doubt heard of the Twitter meme @shitmydadsays. You may have seen Shit People Say on Facebook. But we're guessing that you've never even contemplated checking out Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls or Shit People Say to Tattooed People. The YouTube meme seems to have no limit. And we think that's great, otherwise we wouldn't have this clip to intro. Roll tape.

iLab’s Annual Investment Summit helps entrepreneurs better understand the process of raising capital

Australian startups are increasingly finding it difficult to raise money. The Annual Investment Summit from iLab wants to help out. The summit, held on 25 August 2011, focuses on growing business by raising angel or VC funding.

5.5 Lessons you might have missed at SydStart

In case you missed it, SydStart Autumn was held last week to the jubilation of entrepreneurs from all areas of the New South Wales start-up scene. Here are five (and a half) lessons gained from the event.

Melbourne conference maps the future for venture capitalists

The Melbourne International Venture Capital Conference, featuring more than 30 expert speakers, keynotes and panel sessions, will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 8 March, at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. Speakers will include Tan Yinglan, author of "The Way of the VC -- Top Venture Capitalists on Your Board" and "Chinnovation -- How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World."

Why won't prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Why won’t prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Investors back people, not products. Don't forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Investors back people, not products. Don’t forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Meet Ralph Simon: "The Father of the Ring Tone"

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

Meet Ralph Simon: “The Father of the Ring Tone”

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. At X|Media|Lab Global Media Ideas, Ralph will address various ways Australian Internet start-ups can find capital or smart support for their company and commercial ideas In an email interview, we asked him to share his views about the 'next' round of mobile technologies and what he thinks about Australian innovation.

Aussie Elias Bizannes shares his entrepreneurial passion on board The Startup Bus [VIDEO]

The Startup Bus participants have been posting videos taken on the bus, including everyone's introductory speeches. Here is primary organiser Elias Bizannes addressing the posse soon after departure. He makes some telling points about entrepreneurial networking and collaboration and the secret of success in Silicon Valley and other vibrant commercial hubs.

Oracle's Larry Ellison rains on the 'cloud'

As founder of Oracle, one of the pre-internet powerhouse technology companies, you might expect Larry Ellison to be cynical of all this talk about cloud computing. He is.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison rains on the ‘cloud’

As founder of Oracle, one of the pre-internet powerhouse technology companies, you might expect Larry Ellison to be cynical of all this talk about cloud computing. He is.

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