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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.

Tappr gets the jump on mPOS rivals

Following a year of pilot programs and its app release this week, Fortitude Valley’s Tappr is gearing up for 250 pre-orders of its mobile payment hardware by the end of October, ahead of an expected full release in March 2015. And behold, we’ve got ...

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IDEA Network repurposes the student entrepreneur

For some students, it can be hard to feel any enthusiasm towards clubs and societies. They can seem, at best, like a social opportunity, and at worst another commitment without any sort of visible outcome. But the startup group IDEA Network ...

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SafetyCulture blazes the trail for regional startups

Three years after transforming workplace health and safety consultancy SafetyCulture into a software startup, founder and CEO Luke Anear has seen his company go global in more ways than one. With engineers poached from places ranging from Townsville’s James Cook ...

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Startup Catalyst launches young, Queensland entrepreneurs abroad

Set to blast twenty of Queensland’s young entrepreneurs into the global ecosystem, River City Labs launched annual mission Startup Catalyst yesterday. The initiative is currently taking applications for a ten-day tour of Silicon Valley in November, where participants will visit global tech companies such as ...

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Simon Moss on photography, product market fit and the entrepreneur’s journey

On his entrepreneurial motivation, midway through another kickass Creative³ presentation, Simon Moss has to pause. He’s explaining how, after fifteen years working with technology startups, a stroke provided an out-of-body experience and the certainty that “if he gets out this, he’ll ...

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How to be a “non-startup” startup with Alexandra Keating

First amongst Alexandra Keating’s pieces of advice for budding entrepreneurs is flat-out not using the term “startup”, as it encourages a mentality to make mistakes early on. Keating’s frankness and obvious success shamed a number of Creative³ guests, this journalist included, throughout her September 19th presentation. ...

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Creative³ and the ingenuity of success

Creative³, for those unlucky enough to miss it, had some pretty pertinent advice for budding entrepreneurs. “The underlying message of the event is that creativity counts,” MC and Archipelago Architect’s Peter Edwards said. “It’s a powerful, powerful thing.” “A lot of ...

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Germinate pitch event showcases diversity, altruism, group travel

The importance of funding, guidance and ingenuity were on full display at iLab’s Germinate 5 pitch event earlier this month, with ideas ranging from online counselling to group travel showcasing some of the best of Queensland’s ecosystem. Held directly after the Mentor Blaze last Thursday, ...

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Disaster management software wins big at iAwards

Whitsundays-based company QIT+ has been awarded first place in this year’s iAwards’ community category, in both the State and National levels, for disaster management software Guardian. The company operates throughout Australia to assist disaster response efforts, and has worked to coordinate efforts ...

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Pentaho does the trick for big data

Events such as GovHack and Code for America have given open data a recent boost in popularity, but the technology behind data integration often goes ignored. Within Brisbane’s robust meetup community is the solution to this divide, the relatively-small Data Warehousing Brisbane run ...

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