[FoRK] Technology/Innovation in AU

James Tauber jtauber
Tue Oct 4 18:47:57 PDT 2005

I'm fortunate enough to live in Australia but work in the US. Best of
both worlds.

I love living in Australia but got frustrated working there
(for some of the reasons you mention and some that you don't such as the
complete suspicion of anyone successful in business and too much of an
us-them attitude between workers and management)


On Tue, 4 Oct 2005 13:06:12 -0700, "Mark Nottingham" <mnot at mnot.net>
> >> 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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