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Author Archives: Ricky Robinson

When he's not writing for The Tech Street Journal, Ricky's working at NICTA, Australia’s ICT Centre of Excellence, where he performs a mix of industry engagement, research and, of course, software engineering. Ricky holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Queensland and spent some time in Mountain View, California, at Sun Microsystems Research Labs. Ricky's the prime instigator of TSJ.

Zero to One: Thiel vs Taleb

Black Swan

Peter Thiel, author of Zero to One, is an entrepreneur, philosopher, public intellectual, chess wizard and philanthropist. But these days he is known mostly as a very successful investor. When Thiel provides investment advice, people take note. In chapter seven of Zero ...

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Zero to One: The $700 billion fly in the ointment

Apple I

In my previous article I mentioned there are one or two other quibbles I have with Zero to One, by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters, which is an otherwise good book. This article focuses on a passage concerning minimum viable products ...

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Zero to One: Wisdom and Straw Men

This Christmas I carved out a bit of time to read Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Stanford grad Blake Masters. It is one of the more thoughtful books on startups that you’ll come across, and certainly makes for compelling ...

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Amble wins it as youngsters put in strong showing at Startup Weekend Gold Coast

New Farm-based entrepreneur Katrina McArthur led her team, Amble, to victory at Startup Weekend Gold Coast on Sunday night, winning access to mentors, local investors and legal consulting. The team identified a number of potential revenue streams and built a ...

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Profile: Hugh Geiger

“If you’re feeling comfortable, you’re doing it wrong.” That’s Hugh Geiger’s advice to founders trying to get their startups off the ground. The Ollo Mobile founder and CEO has just seen his company’s Indiegogo campaign breeze past its target of ...

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Infinite Wardrobe launches to a growing community

Infinite Wardrobe

Brisbane startup Infinite Wardrobe launched their mobile app to an existing community of more than 4,000 fashion-conscious members today. Infinite Wardrobe makes it simple and free for people to buy and sell items of clothing and accessories through their phones. ...

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The Startup SEQ Transit Map

The Startup SEQ Map

Due to numerous requests, we’ve been working on a little startup transit map of south-east Queensland for the last few weeks. It’s rough. It’s incomplete. It probably contains out of date and incorrect information. On top of that, the idea ...

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Mobile payments company Tappr raises $2 million in funding

Introducing Tappr

When you talk to Brett Hales there is an overriding sense he knows what he is doing and where he is going. Hales, the 28-year-old chief executive of mobile payments company Tappr, is sharp, smart and determined. Not the kind of person you’d ...

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Leigh Angus to move on from ilab

In an email to colleagues and friends today, Leigh Angus, the program director at ilab, announced that she would be stepping away from that role to pursue other challenges in venture fund management and the startup community. Here’s an excerpt from her ...

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Three reasons Creative3 rocks

The 2013 edition of the Creative3 Forum lived up to the high expectations that it has set for itself in previous years. It is, without a doubt, one of the premier events in Queensland for entrepreneurs and creatives. Anna Rooke ...

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