Last night, I had the pleasure of attending Then, Now, Tomorrow: What's next for the World Wide Web? - the first City Talk of 2013 presented by the City of Sydney in partnership with UTSpotlight. What made this event so extraordinarily special is the fact that it featured Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Now, if you don't know who Sir Tim is, let me quote MC Adam Spencer's succinct introduction: "Our next guest invented the web" The

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I recently attended a Pollenizer Academy course - The "Lean Product Manager" by Pollenizer's very own Michael Dijkstra. One of the most useful sessions for me was "The MVP", where Michael showed the class how to write effective Hypotheses, Success Metrics, User Stories and Acceptance Criteria. For every feature on every business we build at Pollenizer, it's crucial that we follow these guiding principles. By following the below approach, we don't have to think about

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Eric Ries says; “Entrepreneurs are everywhere. You don’t have to work in a garage to be in a startup.” He's right, but they did work in a garage last night when we premiered Pollenizer Academy. With a background in theatre, Pollenizer Co-Founder, Phil Morle, was unable to resist the mise en scène afforded by the larger of Pollenizer’s three garages and the starchy energy of every entrepreneurial foods such as jelly beans and noodles. Playing

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Is building an online community important to your start-up or business? Are you a Community Manager or community enthusiast who wants to connect with other Community Managers, share resources and best practices, soak up information and have brain waves whilst having an all-round awesome time? Well - swarm conference is for you! #swarmconf 2012 line-up features Justin Isaf, Community Manager of the Huffington Post (and StartUp Bus NYC Conductor) Maria Ogneva, Global Head of Community

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Tonight, I had the privilege of speaking to a crowd of startup-types at the WeTeachSydney: Startup and Business Speed Teaching event at Fishburners in Ultimo. My topic was "Lean Startup Methodologies" and the objective was to try and get across some key points within fifteen minutes. I sped quickly through some key definitions of what "lean" and "startup" actually mean in this context before giving even more speedy overviews of the five principles of The

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Are you innovating with technology? I mean really innovating? Experimenting, taking risks, going where no (wo)man has gone before? If you are, then you're eligible for the Research and Development Tax Incentive. The programme is jointly administered by AusIndustry (on behalf of Innovation Australia) and the ATO and replaces the Research and Development Tax Concession as of 1 July 2011. What is the R&D Tax Incentive? The R&D Tax Incentive provides a targeted tax offset designed to encourage more companies to engage in research and

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Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the National Growth Summit 2012. I'm typically sceptical of any conference that appears, on the surface, to be a Kool-Aid pop stand for CEOs, but I have to admit - it was awesome! Day one included speakers such as Jim Collins, Fred Reichheld and Jack Daly - who were all funny, down-to-earth and full of great stories that were uncannily easy to relate to. On day two, I participated in an

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A current theme for Pollenizer is "noise". In short, we want to make some - we want to be heard. To that end, the Engineering team have decided to open-source the software we write here on a daily basis. The change is that, traditionally, all the software written by the Engineering Team has been locked away behind private GitHub repositories. What confounds us the most is that we didn't think to unlock these treasures and

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