2017 Tech IPO Pipeline Report

Another great summary from CB Insights to help understand the initial public offering market for the year ahead in technology. Most companies first raised five years prior. Only twelve were unicorns ($1Bn+) this year vs forty the year prior in 2015. Read the full 2017 IPO pipeline report here. You may also like – The […]

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Startup Ecosystem Maturity

What Is Your Ecosystem Maturity Level? Where there are startups, there is also startup communities and a startup ecosystem. However startup ecosystems vary a lot in clarity, visibility, size and and their maturity level. When it comes to startup ecosystem development, the clarity and the maturity levels matter the most. Clarity is about how clear […]

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Hyper Connected

We can’t be the biggest but we can be the best connected.

— Pete Cooper 2009 on the Australia and South East Asian Tech Startup Ecosystem

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Why Australia?

People often ask – Why choose Australia as a base for business or as a home? Why choose a country so far from everywhere with such a tiny population (of people) and so many ways to get killed by the native wildlife? Why create a startup or build a life where white pointer sharks, killer […]

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Unlocking Startups

Time to open the gate, and let our innovative tech startups be free to grab this huge global opportunity. Lots of good news and optimism in the last six months. Even some great talent focusing on this global opportunity around tech startups with global products. But the reality is the local ecosystem is still moving […]

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Mega New Melbourne Coworking Space

A massive new co-working space is coming to Melbourne called Dream Factory, the tech startup space is being setup in Footscray by Geoff Gourley’s Impact Investment Group with a rumoured $14m investment. Read the pre-launch announcement on Startup Smart http://www.startupsmart.com.au/advice/growth/new-14-million-co-working-space-set-to-open-in-melbourne/ Make an expression of interest http://dreamfactory.org.au

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The Great Divide – Rich get fat tax benefits others are denied?

For a country that prides itself on fairness the proposed tax benefits for investors in startups are surprisingly unfair. Unless you are a professional investor with $2.5m in assets or more you can’t qualify for these new tax reductions for innovation investments [introduced to Australian parliament March 18, 2017] . The operative words here are obviously […]

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Why did we create The Start Society?

StartSoc helps entrepreneurs help themselves While other parties in the ecosystem are important such as investors and educators, it is the entrepreneurs, the hackers, hipsters and hustlers (also known as the developers, designers and business executors) that are the heart of the ecosystem. Our focus is tech startups & ecosystem enablers We support all parties in the […]

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