[FoRK] Technology/Innovation in AU
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
>>> 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:
> I was thinking of checking it out; anybody have any experience with
> this org?
> Mark Nottingham http://www.mnot.net/
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