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Chris Woods (@tophermwoods) is the Tech Street Journal's Editor-in-Chief. He lives in Brisbane, has worked in places like Sydney and New York (State of), and will someday update his media-news blog.

We Are Hunted’s founder weighs in on the machinery of music

The founder of one of Brisbane’s most successful startups, acquired music platform We Are Hunted, has shared his thoughts on the state of personal music app design. Released last week, Stephen Phillips’ “Why Do I Like This Song?” is a ...

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Startup roadshow turns spotlight to smaller Queensland regions

ilab’s Regional Startup Roadshow is currently making the rounds with some of Queensland’s least-represented startup communities. Unlike Queensland’s recent slew of Startup Weekends, the roadshow is looking to attract members from smaller regional cities. Seminars began Monday in Mackay, with ...

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StreetEats launch shifts the food-truck paradigm

Food vendor app StreetEats launched last week with a party that drew hundreds and demonstrated the challenges of upsetting hospitality conventions. Held at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane as part of local food festival ‘Thank Truck it’s Thursday,’ the event ...

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Townsville talent shines through in software startup

The founder of Townsville development studio Oz Apps, Jayant Varma, sees working in the city as a mixed bag. While he advocates for the city’s accessible business-to-business model, natural beauty and free-flowing traffic, Varma admits that Townsville is not the first point of ...

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RollCall Global pivots to emerging drivers

Safety startup RollCall Global has moved on from an initial focus on quad bikes to beginner drivers. Winner of Startup Weekend Toowoomba and the People’s Choice Award, RollCall Global’s safety concept is designed to notify friends, family and emergency services ...

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ShareStuff and the growth of peer-to-peer platforms

A Far North Queensland startup is hoping to encourage sustainability and affordability with its sharing platform, and has in turn highlighted the growth of collaborative consumption. Currently operating after a soft launch within the Cairns and Tablelands regions, ShareStuff works as an ...

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Startups face fears/investors at pitch night

Pitching can be terrifying, especially to unfamiliar faces. Even accounting for common (and very reasonable) fears of public speaking, asking for something from strangers is a daunting experience. “I don’t like having a conversation along the lines of ‘Hey I’m ...

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Preaccelerator program prepares startups for bigger things

Cairns co-working hub theSPACE has finished running its first “preaccelerator program,” Startup Basecamp. A first for the city, Startup Basecamp was designed to build capacity amongst budding entrepreneurs as a lead up to more demanding programs like ilab’s Germinate program, ...

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Regional QLD teams dominate award nominations

Easily surpassing every other state in the country, North QLD has produced two of the total three regional finalists at this year’s StartupSmart Awards. Along with categories such as “Best Disruptor”, “Fastest Growing Startup” and “Best Social Change Entrepreneur”, StartupSmart yesterday announced ...

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Sunshine Coast meetup celebrates with mosaic masterpiece

Silicon Coast held their latest meetup at the Caloundra Regional Gallery gallery last week, where, amongst one-minute pitches and networking, local inventor Mic Black’s pixel mosaic was on full display as part of the Digital Disruption exhibition. “One of the ...

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