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In November, SingTel ran it's first ever internal hackathon, L!feSpark. 150 SingTel employees from around the world came together to create 23 startups in two days. The inaugural winner was Globe Hop and part of their prize was the opportunity to come to Sydney to work in the Hive with us for three months.  The team arrived in Sydney last week and Max from Globe Hop has written a quick post on their experiences so far. The best

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It's hard to get your hands on some truly big data. So, Coca-Cola Accelerator Sydney, Coca-Cola Amatil and Pollenizer have decided to change that and are joining forces to present, Firehose - a hackathon where you will get the opportunity to use big data in an extraordinary way to  win some amazing prizes. So how big is this 'big data'? About three years of supply chain data - more than 150,000,000 records - and available exclusively

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Appiness has come to a close. A HUGE thank you to everyone that made it such a great success. Everyone was a winner on the day but prizes were awarded to... Poppy - First place Binable - Second place Play2Up - Peoples' Choice Spares - SAPI award Nine out of the 11 final pitches/demos are now on YouTube  Play2Up (RSL) Give'N'Go (RSL) Poppy (RSL) Check with Charlie (Planet Ark) pRecycle! (Planet Ark) Doogooda (Red Cross)

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Telstra is partnering with Pollenizer to deliver Appiness, a hackathon for people who love to build and make a difference. Designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and anyone in between are invited to gather for two and a half days of hacking, hustling and creativity. With the aim of making brand new apps for chosen Not-For-Profits (NFPs) to solve a real problem they face. The hackathon will commence on Friday evening (24th May) with a pitch for help

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Photo courtesy of dierken There are a few articles on why startups are not just smaller versions of companies but these articles focus on what this means for the process and the product/market side. So what does this mean for the financial and operations side of the business? Here's a few things to keep in mind. Cash Flow The burning platform means that it is crucial to keep a track of your funds. Use a

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Guest post by Erietta Sapounakis. Do you have what it takes? Dean McEvoy’s success with Spreets seems like luck and good timing – Spreets was the first group buying site in Australia, and the company recently sold to Yahoo! for a sum reportedly around the $40 million mark after less than a year in business. But the story of Spreets goes back to 2003. Earlier this week Dean was on the FED couch with Brad Howarth. His first

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Have you ever wondered what the Pollenizer team are reading? Well here's a snapshot of some of our favourite #shlinks (shared links) from the past two weeks. You are Solving the Wrong Problem - “The problem is we don’t understand the problem.” What Everyblock’s Redesign Tells Us About The Future Of Hyperlocal News Sites - Jessica Roy examines the new social elements that have been integrated into the Everyblock site that encourage users to share and interact

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If you follow @pollenizer or @liubinskas on Twitter you may notice an influx of surveys and forms to fill out at around 2pm on the day of a Startup Bootcamp. These are created by Bootcamp Attendees to test value creation and value capture. There are three key components and a minimum of three questions Bootcampers need to answer to receive valuable feedback and answers. Question One Are you in my target microsegment? - Age, gender,

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I've been reading, 'Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity' by Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com It's a great read but page 9 really struck a chord with me. I get asked a lot, "Your business card format is very simple. Aren't you worried about somebody ripping it off?" Standard answer: Only if they can draw more of them than me, better than me. Many entrepreneurs are nervous about sharing their idea at the risk

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Hip hip hooray! Happy Birthday To Us It's been three years since Pollenizer began (well kind of, we were incorporated on the 29th of February). What an amazing journey it's been for not only us, but our clients, co-founders and partners, friends, family and the whole Sydney startup scene. Without these groups, we not have made it. So a big, big, big thank you and here's to the next three years and beyond! Our biggest

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When it comes to the quintessential entrepreneur, there is no magic set of skills or perfect list of traits. However, Jeffrey Bussgang recommends that these are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself: Do you have an idea that no one can talk you out of? Do you have a partner you trust with complimentary skills? Are you prepared to endure with modest or no salary for a few years? Are you bored with your

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Pollenizer Ranked Number 38th Fastest Growing Technology Company on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2010. Sydney, Australia, 14th January 2011 - Pollenizer today announced that it ranked Number 38th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2010, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Asia Pacific.  Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over three years. Pollenizer grew 818.766 percent during this period. "Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is commendable

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What an amazing year we've had at Pollenizer! Babies born, dresses worn, new team members, bootcamps, founders, began Pollenizer Ventures.... Fantastic! Here's a few ways we've contributed to the economy in the past year... Number of jobs created: 60 Tax paid: Just the right amount. Investments made: 4 totaling $165,000 New companies formed: 8 Highlights of the year for us; Great growth in Spreets with 10,000+ daily deal vouchers sold across Australia Mogeneration's Oomph platform

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Are you... At the concept/idea stage of a new web business? Looking for Pollenizer to be a co-founder who would take a 40%+ equity stake in the new business? The founder who is going to drive the business? If you've answered 'YES! YES! YES!', then you should attend our new and improved, one-day Startup Bootcamp. If you've answered 'no' to any of the above, then we're probably not a right fit for you. Pollenizer's Startup

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Pollenizer has been named one of Australia’s ‘Coolest’ businesses in Anthill Magazine’s Fifth Annual Cool Company Awards. Pollenizer has been named a Finalist in Anthill Magazine’s Fifth Annual Cool Company Awards, a national program developed in 2006 to recognise Australian companies that are doing things differently to bring about positive change. Over 700 aspiring ‘cool companies’ were nominated for the 2010 awards, making ‘The Cools’ one of Australia’s largest business awards programs. The winners will

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A guest post from David McKinney - CEO/Founder of Jammbox. DIRTY HACKS FOR STARTUP FOUNDERS The aim of the dirty hacks series is to help you launch your startup faster, cheaper & dirtier. Everything is rough, crude, and fast. Just what you need for your startup. Part 1: How to use Facebook to size a market Ok. So you're assessing a new startup idea for potential, or you're putting together your first pitch for an

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Founded in memory of Trevor Pearcey, the Pearcey Foundation was established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian ICT industry and profession. Each year, the foundation's state committees make an award to the most outstanding ICT and digital media individual in each state who has demonstrated outstanding, innovative and business achievements, through an open processof peer recognition. This years NSW ICT Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Lars and Jens Rasmussen, founders

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Applications for the inaugural wave of Startmate are now open. Startmate is a group of startup executives offering mentorship and seed financing to founders of Internet and Software businesses based in Australia. The first Startmate program will kick off January 2011 in Sydney. The three month program offers a $25,000 investment, mentorship from more than 20 successful founders, sage legal counsel and a two week trip to Silicon Valley. At the conclusion of the program

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At Pollenizer, we're building new web products all the time and we need people to test these and help us make them better. If you would like to try new consumer products still under development then we'd love to hear from you. You can register your interest and sign-up

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In June of this year, Pollenizer began publishing a monthly newsletter known as 'The Buzz'. The aim of the newsletter was to keep our friends, family, past and present clients a quick snapshot of everything Pollenizer including our announcements, client news, blog posts,  podcasts and upcoming events. Some quick statistics about 'The Buzz': - Since June our subscription list has grown from 387 to 410 members - Our opening rate averages 49.8% a month -

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