[FoRK] Technology/Innovation in AU

Mark Nottingham mnot
Tue Oct 4 19:38:58 PDT 2005

You tall poppy, you ;)

On 04/10/2005, at 6:47 PM, James Tauber wrote:

> 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)
> James
> On Tue, 4 Oct 2005 13:06:12 -0700, "Mark Nottingham" <mnot at mnot.net>
> said:
>>>> 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?
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>> Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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