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Trying on the Ruby programming slippers

It began in Helsinki, Finland. Committed to promoting the participation of women and girls in web development and programming, the inaugural Rails Girls in 2010 drew over one hundred participants and has since expanded into a worldwide initiative. In July, ...

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What entrepreneurs can learn from the #libspill

The #libspill news and analysis has been more or less unavoidable this week. All the talk about different leadership styles and consultative approaches is a timely reminder for startup founders. Because founding your business is just the beginning: to survive, ...

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Fragmentation blues: How to address Brisbane’s splintered ecosystem

Fragmentation isn’t just something Android developers need to worry about. Fragmentation frustrates. It slows things down, it causes duplication of effort, and in a startup ecosystem, fragmentation can severely stunt growth. A recent conversation about setting up a hub for startups ...

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How might Advance Queensland improve our startup ecosystem?

It’s early days for Advance Queensland, but the response from the state’s startup community has been overwhelmingly positive. Championed by Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch, shown above at an Advance Queensland Budding Business Brains Workshop, Labor’s $180 million job package has attracted endless ...

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Hacking Health gives Australian events a booster shot

This week, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was the place to be for anyone working at the intersection of tech and healthcare. The Heathcare Informatics Conference (HIC) had three days worth of guest speakers and workshops, along with an exhibition hall ...

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Three things to consider when being acquired

Most founders dream of one day holding a headline-grabbing, multimillion dollar IPO then either exiting in style or continuing to steer the company for decades. But going public isn’t the only valid financial goal for a startup. In fact, given ...

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Selling entrepreneurship at Startups in Parliament

Last week, local startups, mentors, and investors came to Parliament House to talk about how Queensland could support and encourage entrepreneurship. As one of the startup representatives, I had five minutes to outline my story and my ideas. It was ...

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Don’t get stuck playing Competitor Avoidance Twister

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s important to know about your competitors. Companies who confidently claim they never look at the competition are the Apples and Googles of the world – so dominant in their core markets that they become ...

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Two years on from Crowley: Hubs and Documentarians

The Story So Far… In 2012, Brisbane hosted Tyler Crowley as a visiting entrepreneur. Crowley was optimistic about the future of the Brisbane startup scene, and he gave a list of ingredients we would need in order to thrive. Two ...

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Two years on from Crowley: Meetups

Two years ago, Brisbane hosted its first official visiting entrepreneur. Tyler Crowley arrived shortly after the launch of the Digital Brisbane strategy, when Twitter’s acquisition of local startup We Are Hunted was big news. Since Crowley’s credentials include helping build ...

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