Inspiration

The Way Forward for Innovation in Australia

Old innovation ecosystem models are broken, it is time to realise the open models based around startups (particularly scalable global product based tech startups) are the key to our future.the-way-forward-for-innovation-in-australia

The above diagram by StartupCommons summarises the change in focus at a macro level, we also need to look at the basics of our cultural approach to select digital natives from diverse global backgrounds to represent our interests. Run your eye over most of our nation’s government and industry bodies and the focus and representation is a woeful, old, monoculture with computing science degrees a rarity and real recent internet entrepreneurship dangerously absent, they are similarly rarely constituted of independent non-aligned experts with fresh experience.

If these people can’t serve real customers ever let alone recently (in the last decade) how can they serve our society?

This path forward is so obvious other nations have ‘productised’ the right approach in order to give (and sell) to the world.

Read the full (non country specific) report from StartupCommons here.

Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

This new MS CEO is unlike any other, after Office on iPad and Salesforce.com now there is this droid phone, talk about changing strategy …

City Differentiation

I recently had this innovative communications video shared with me, it highlights the innovative and differentiated position of Sweden, with a focus on Stockholm. While some of it is little more than a gimmick, most of it is rather smart and achieves remarkable ‘cut-through’ in a time efficient manner.

Innovation, sustainability and technology are three of the hottest brand value creating elements at the moment and this campaign (or perhaps ir was just one event) achieves all three.

SydStart Panel Discussion

SydStart by Cooper & Co.

Cooper & Co are proud to be the founding and long term sponsors of the largest professional tech startup event in Australia – SydStart.

This event is something we support because we want to grow the startup ecosystem in Australia and it is undergoing a dramatic growth phase, due in no small part to the hyper connectedness and accelerated learning we try to encourage via SydStart events.

The SydStart site has recently been move to wordpress.com and refreshed and for events prior to 2012 you can also still get to the old archive google sites version.