Stories by Adam Bender

Australian startups feel the tug to Silicon Valley

Venture capitalists disagreed whether high-tech Australian startups need to move to Silicon Valley to find success. The issue was debated at the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Entrepreneur Summit in Sydney.

Ten tips for a successful startup

Building and growing a successful startup in Australia takes hard work and dedication. Here are ten tips offered by successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Entrepreneur Summit in Sydney.

Australia data centre investment revs up despite global economic turmoil

Australia is showing a greater rate of data centre growth than the US and top-tier European countries, according to early data compiled for DatacenterDynamics’ upcoming 2012 global industry census. Globally, data centres are showing immunity to overarching economic problems, analysts at DCD said.

Conroy announces $15.2 million for NBN training

The Australian government announced $15.2 million in funding to spur NBN adoption in communities around the country. The money will be spread among 36 communities to set up NBN training services under the Gillard Government’s digital hubs and digital enterprises program.

AARNet test shows how NBN can bring industry into the classroom

Fibre broadband connections enabled 20 TAFE students at Holmesglen to learn graphic design from real industry practitioners over HD videoconferencing. The AARNet pilot project was a “proof of concept” that can be copied across Australia as quickly as the NBN is deployed, AARNet business development manager, Jamie Sunderland, told <I>Computerworld Australia</I>.

IIA names Peter Lee as new CEO

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has named Peter Lee as its new CEO. The IIA had been without a CEO since Peter Coroneos retired in June last year.

New Zealand bank wants to be Facebook friends

Tellers at ASB Bank in New Zealand are providing financial advice to customers over Facebook and attracting interest from around the globe. ASB opened the world’s first Facebook-based virtual bank branch in September 2010 and soon plans an upgrade to its mobile app allowing customers to send payments direct to Facebook friends.