Articles tagged in startup

  1. Matt Barrie on Australian Startups

    Matt Barrie, CEO of, posted this on LinkedIn, looking at how ridiculously bad Australia is in terms of supporting technology startups. This comparison caught me:

    Australia puts more money per capita on the Melbourne Cup horse race ($7.27 per capita) than into Venture Capital ($4.09). At least we are risk takers. Our venture capital industry is on par per capita with countries that herd goats as a core industry.

    Yes that's sad.

    Also here's the discussion on Hacker News, and this guy commented on coding test he has received from one of the Australian company.

    Many companies didn't even bother sending feedback to coding tests, and one expected me to pay for the Yahoo Boss API and violate Google's terms of service for a test.

    Sounds very much like the old coding test I cooked up at IRESS. I hope they have changed it :)

    On a related note, I just went to, an old site that I have used before that links to various tech startup related resources and people. It now has a 300x250 banner on the front page -- advertising "The mining industry is hiring -- Earn over $100k+ working in the mines".

    Startup Australia ads

    What an irony. No one tech startups are dying.

  2. Startup Entrepreneurs Talks

    That's why I don't go to many networking events. Talking to the new social media expert startup entrepreneurs can be quite stressful sometimes.

  3. Startup & Family

    Funny that after I posted my last blog post a few days ago, Jeff Atwood blogged about moving on today at Coding Horror. He is leaving StockOverflow for family reason.

    Startup life is hard on families. We just welcomed two new members into our family, and running as fast as you can isn't sustainible for parents of multiple small children.

    His comment resonates when I looked at some of the decisions I've made over the last 12 months. Not necessarily quitting a startup. Actually, I quitted my corporate job of 10 years, turned one of my hobby site into a "startup" (despite being already 5 years in existence). Hired my first employee and keeping cash flow positive. It got more and more demanding to a point that I have to let my other hobby site go. "Quitting" was a painful decision to make, especially when you perceive yourself in the middle of "achieve something". But at the expense of your family? No. Never.

    These days people often asked me what's my future plan for my business. It's easy to get excited to talk about all the expansion plans & world dominations, etc. I need to remind myself that running a startup is a life style choice that gives you more flexible time to look after your family, help out at church, etc, rather than letting the startup world takes over you.

    One day I shall come back to write about the last 12 months. One day, when things settle down a bit.

  4. Trust and Impact

    Via James Yu's farewell blog post on his startup employee life at Scribd. This brings us to the most important quality that enables impact: trust. Without trust, employees aren't empowered. And without empowerment, there can be no impact... This is exactly the reason why startup hiring is difficult: the amount …
  5. Perfect Startup Founder Trio - Developer, Designer & Distributor

    Via Siliconbeach mailing list. On Quora -- What is the perfect startup team?: The perfect startup has all three founders: someone who understands how to build technologies and systems to solve problems; someone who understands the human factors behind those problems, why they exist, what it takes to fix them and …