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Microsoft scoops up former Telstra, Fishburners startup advisor

ZDNet

Annie Parker has revealed that she will be joining Microsoft as its global head of startups in March, handing the reins of CEO at Sydney's co-working space Fishburners to COO Pandora Shelley when she leaves the interim appointment next month.


Telstra's Muru-D capitalising on Australia's entrepreneurial talent

ZDNet

Annie Parker, co-founder of Telstra's startup accelerator hub Muru-D, believes that there is an abundance of ideas in Australia, and no shortage of talented individuals who want to turn their ideas into a potential business. "With a population of say 23-24 million people, Australia punches well above its weight in terms of the talent pool," Parker said. "What we [Australia] do lack and what we could do more of, is more opportunity for help. "If the talent pool is growing, we need to grow that mentorship at the same rate in order for us to capitalise on the opportunity that we have." In October 2013, Telstra launched Muru-D to provide workspace, funding, and advice for promising startups in return for equity.


Singapore must support overseas entrepreneurs to drive local startup ecosystem

ZDNet

If it wants to emulate the thriving startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley, Singapore needs to make it easier for technopreneurs from other parts of the region to set up shop and work in the country. Some 60 percent of technology vendors in the flourishing US environment are not from America, hailing instead from a myriad of different nations including India, Estonia, Russia, and China, according Jamie Camidge, head of strategic partnerships and alliances at Telstra's accelerator programme, muru-D. Pointing to the ease of setting up base in Silicon Valley, he noted that it was not as easy to do so in Singapore, particularly for entrepreneurs from the region such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines who might need to bootstrapped their startups. It could prove challenging for these technopreneurs to obtain visas and have to pay themselves a minimum sum to qualify for an employment pass, Camidge explained. Speaking to ZDNet a year after muru-D launched its Southeast Asian programme in Singapore, he said its first graduate cohort itself comprised about 25 founders from a dozen countries in the region and across the globe, including Indonesia, Russia, and both South and North America.


Canva, Atlassian and other tech leaders push to make Australia rival Silicon Valley

Mashable

Australia's brightest tech talent have come together in an attempt to make Sydney, Australia a startup hub to rival the world's best. Announced Tuesday, a new group called TechSydney will act as a central organising force for Australia's startup scene, helping those involved collaborate to create something bigger and better. Some of the issues the group will deal with initially are bridging the gap between startups and the government, helping startups attract the best talent, including more women, and also promoting the city overseas as an entrepreneurial hub. SEE ALSO: 'Mumpreneur': Does it deserve to be the most hated term in business? Started by Dean McEvoy, one-time founder of deals site Spreets, along with Mick Liubinskas of startup accelerator muru-D and Gen George of job marketplace OneShift, among others, the new group will be funded by the startups themselves.


Canva, Atlassian and other tech leaders push to make Australia rival Silicon Valley

Mashable

Australia's brightest tech talent have come together in an attempt to make Sydney, Australia a startup hub to rival the world's best. Announced Tuesday, a new group called TechSydney will act as a central organising force for Australia's startup scene, helping those involved collaborate to create something bigger and better. Some of the issues the group will deal with initially are bridging the gap between startups and the government, helping startups attract the best talent, including more women, and also promoting the city overseas as an entrepreneurial hub. SEE ALSO: 'Mumpreneur': Does it deserve to be the most hated term in business? Started by Dean McEvoy, one-time founder of deals site Spreets, along with Mick Liubinskas of startup accelerator muru-D and Gen George of job marketplace OneShift, among others, the new group will be funded by the startups themselves.