[FoRK] Technology/Innovation in AU

Damien Morton fork
Tue Oct 4 16:04:37 PDT 2005

Ive done some feeling out of the job market on some mailing lists, and 
the consensus seems to be that if you've got some talent, youll be 
snaffled up in a heartbeat.

I left Australia for the very reason you gave below, but at that time I 
was making the mistake of asking permission to do what I wanted. Im a 
bit older now, and have a clearer idea of what I want to do. Ive also 
still got all my wall street connections and am hoping to exploit that 
from afar.

>>> Im moving back to Australia in 2 weeks. Your'e all welcome to join  me.
> I'd be interested in hearing of stories from those who have done this  
> (i.e., specifically, Australia). I hold AU residence, and one of the  
> things that's keeping me from moving back is the relative dearth of  
> work options for technical people who still want to actually think on  
> the job.
> It seems to me that there are plenty of talented people in AU (that I  
> know personally or by reputation), but for whatever reason,  innovation 
> doesn't really take hold; there aren't many big companies  that hire 
> people for research / exploration (Telstra and CSIRO come  to mind), and 
> getting a startup going is very difficult, due to a  lack of angel / 
> seed funding.
> Not that they don't know this; the subject has been explored to  death, 
> as far as I can see (e.g., "Backing Australia's Ability").
> There was a nice article about this in (I think) the Journal a few  
> years back, to the effect that Australia is doing so well because of  
> IT; not because it innovates, but because it *implements* so very  well, 
> based on what others innovate.
> P.S. There's a "Startup Funding Alternatives" panel by ANZA (sort of  an 
> AU/US business association) in Palo Alto tomorrow night:
>   http://www.anzatechnet.com/conference2005/reg_all/panel_reg1.jsp
> I was thinking of checking it out; anybody have any experience with  
> this org?
> -- 
> Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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