[FoRK] Technology/Innovation in AU

James Tauber jtauber
Wed Oct 5 06:16:49 PDT 2005


Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest I was the one being cut down. I  
haven't reached that level of success :-)

James


On 05/10/2005, at 10:38 AM, Mark Nottingham wrote:

> 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?
>>>
>>> --
>>> Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
>>>
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>>   James Tauber               http://jtauber.com/
>>   journeyman of some    http://jtauber.com/blog/
>>
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> --
> Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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