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  • Blog Post: Great opportunity - BlueChilli's expanding in Melbourne!

    BlueChilli technology are expanding their operations in Melbourne and have a few limited spaces for you to join them. Get in on this opportunity early as the space in Sydney sold out in two weeks. We are looking for technology-based businesses that would benefit from working alongside other high growth...
  • Blog Post: Telstra launches their new public SMS API

    Hey everyone, Earlier this week our friends at Telstra released their new public SMS API to ALL developers! You can register at the API Developer portal . Please use the event code ' BIZSPARK' when registering. You can find more info on the program and the journey they've taken so far here ...
  • Blog Post: How to scale effectively

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli So you want to grow… If you’ve resolved that 2015 is your year to grow your business, then you’re probably brainstorming like crazy now to find the best ways to do that. More marketing spend? A focus on referrals? Partnerships? Whether...
  • Blog Post: How to fund your first Startup – the 5 B’s

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli You’ll never forget your first. There’s something really magical about your first startup. It’s like your first love. Your first heartbreak. It’s tough, but it’s got to be done. Once you’ve committed to take action...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure now open for business in Australia

    Microsoft Azure services give your business the power to orchestrate amazing things – from implementing innovation to transforming your business. We're thrilled to announce the availability of Microsoft Azure services in Australia's East Region in New South Wales and Southeast Region in Victoria...
  • Blog Post: 9 Great Marketing Ideas For Startups

    Guest post from Damian Wolf, Brisbane area associate of Cubic Promote . Most entrepreneurs are convinced that all they need for a successful running of their startup is some blogging about special offers, a Twitter account and a flashy looking brochure. First, why would anyone care for your brand...
  • Blog Post: Meet MS Gooroo – the new IT talent network building technology careers

    Melbourne 14 May, 2014 – MS Gooroo, https://msgooroo.com , the online community for technology professionals is on a path to disrupt the IT recruitment industry, forever. MS Gooroo bucks the saturated generic job board trend with its vision to build a global source of IT talent using complex...
  • Blog Post: The Australian Startup Community has launched!

    We've created a portal for all Australian Startups to give you access to various resources that'll help you in becoming a successful startup! You'll get early access to news, training, competitions and the opportunity to connect with other Startups and Microsoft. Register here: http://startup.msdeveloper...
  • Blog Post: The Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre - Join Us At Our Official Launch

      The Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre   We would like to invite you to the official launch of the Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre. This exciting and new initiative aims to enable and inspire new start-ups in Queensland, ultimately growing the local software ecosystem.   The...
  • Blog Post: Demo Asia Comes to a close

    Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural DEMO Asia. DEMO is the launchpad for emerging technology and trends. This is a premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout the continent seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. It is also an excellent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark Plus Launches Downunder

    Today I am pleased to officially announce BizSpark Plus, an extension of the Microsoft BizSpark Program in Australia. This program allows accelerators to offer each of their startups, up to $60,000 worth of Microsoft Windows Azure compute and storage over a 24-month period, at no cost. In Australia a...
  • Blog Post: Half Price tickets & a new app launched! It’s a great time to be looking for a CoFounder!

    5 Half-price tickets for BizSpark Developers to attend next Monday’s Cofounder Speed Date event in Sydney! They've almost hit capacity for the Cofounder Speed Date event on Monday 20th, but we've manage to get our hands on 5 half-price Tech Founder tickets to give away to BizSpark developers! Niki Scevak...
  • Blog Post: Startup Camp Winners Go Catch Launch Windows Phone 7 App

    Ever had that problem where you ordered a Taxi & keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting? The guys at Go Catch have had that happen to them 1 too many times and so have set out to solve that issue for us all! We first met Ned and the Go Catch team (then know as Taxi Mate) at our Sydney Azure &...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Inside a startup

    Jason Cartwright, the founder of BizSpark startup Contructiv has written this post (also listed on his blog ) about some of the lessons he has learnt with the first year of starting his business Contructiv. Thanks Jason for sharing the good the bad & the ugly of this first 12 months! The idea Just...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day (I’ve Lost count!) Report

    There has been much focus on the application development over the last few days so I guess I have been overly quiet on the blog posts but the good news is that things are going well. We have once again completely redesigned out back end and now have locked down the design for our back end accessible...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? Guest Blogger Gary Twomey Outlines the Key Government Funding Programs for Start -ups

    Gary & the team at IMC have sponsored the last two Startup Weekend Events and are a fantastic support to our many startups in BizSpark. Gary has kindly put together the below advice on the Funding support available to Startups in Australia. Innovation Management Consultants Pty Ltd (IMC) is a professional...
  • Blog Post: Build a Business Plan in a Day? Heck yes!

    BUSINESS-PLAN-IN-1-DAY (Sydney): Create your own 40-page, Investor Grade business plan in one day. Need to raise capital, get a grant, get a loan or just work out where you are going?! Get it done in one-day at this incredible, dynamic event! (76 business builders can’t be wrong!)  http://www.antmart...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 11 Report

    The first thing I want to point out here about the upcoming posts is that although I am going to mention some of the toolkits & great helpers I have used for the development of the WP7 app I do not consider myself a professional developer anymore so this is NOT a how to build a Windows Phone App...
  • Blog Post: Picknic has been named one of Australia’s ‘Coolest’ businesses in Anthill Magazine’s Sixth Annual Cool Company Awards.

    While I was away I got this very exciting news in my inbox I am now planning a trip down to Melbourne to attend the awards!  I think its a fantastic example of why you should take the time to nominate your company for awards – as the extra visibility will be invaluable! I now also have the below...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 10 Report

    As I mentioned I have had a bit of time off work (and this project) while recovering from a little accident I had last Tuesday. I got back into things again today and so have a few things to report on today. My biggest concern at the moment is that my week off has meant that the Phone 7 version is way...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Downtime report!

    Just a quick post to mention why I have been  offline for a few days. One of the hardest lessons I learnt when I ran my own business was that you needed to be sure to take time to look after yourself and keep yourself healthy. In fact something seemingly small can send your business off the rails...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 9 Report

    So here we are a good week and a half into this little project and I think it’s a good time to take a few moments to reflect on the feedback I have been receiving from so many of you and to give some guidance on where we are heading as there has been so much positive feedback & suggestions on ways...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? Guest Blogger Steve Godbold on Growth through learning

    Throughout the series of posts on this project to date, I have made mention several times about my plans to follow a lean methodology with the Picknic App. I realised that what I hadn't done was fully delve into explaining what this means in terms of business and particularly in relation to a startup...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 8 Report

    Today I swapped my other hats for me developer hat for a few hours. As I have volunteered to do the data setup on Azure & the Phone 7 application development. As I have all my data & use cases now defined it was quite simple to ensure the data structure was set up in Azure. next I decided to...
  • Blog Post: Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 7 Report

    Accounting Setup It is something I should have done from the very start – as I am clearly outlaying some cash & am not accurately tracking it. I know many companies will use simple solutions like an excel sheet to track their incoming & outgoing expenses. I have always been a MYOB user, but also...
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