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  • Improve start-up capital access: ASX | Business Spectator
    prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Improve start up capital access ASX 12 Dec 2013 7 09 AM Technology Start ups Markets ASX Exchange says local tech sector at risk of falling behind global rivals report You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The Australian Securities Exchange has warned of risks to local tech sector growth if laws restricting start up access to capital through online crowdfunding are not relaxed according to The Australian Financial Review The cautionary tone from the ASX and several legal experts was reportedly struck in submissions to the government s Corporations

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  • Vic state govt launches $12m fund to promote government IT | Business Spectator
    Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Vic state govt launches 12m fund to promote government IT Harrison Polites 5 Dec 2013 9 22 AM Technology Applications Start ups Program to assist with pilots and technology trials across the various state government s departments You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Victoria s state government has opened a 12 million innovation fund to promote advancements in government IT As part of the program agencies within the Victorian government will be able to apply for assistance with pilot programs or technology trials to improve government service delivery The new fund is another step in the government s recently reinvigorated state IT policy The Fund seeks to support projects that are implemented in accordance with the principles of the ICT Strategy state minister for technology Gordon Rich Phillips said in a statement Projects that take a staged approach to development and implementation and that harness industry capabilities to boost public sector productivity and deliver improved services will be a focus for the new Fund he said The fund will

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/5/technology/vic-state-govt-launches-12m-fund-promote-government-it (2014-01-12)
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  • Who’s afraid of the big bad Netflix? | Business Spectator
    less at this moment in time However it s worth noting that another US tech giant Amazon whistled a similar tune with the Australian media about its overseas expansion plans But then out of the blue it opened a data centre in Sydney And this year followed suit with more consumer facing services Even if Netflix were to launch in Australia it would at least give the industry some warning As per its current strategy to explore and open markets in Europe and South America the company recently launched in the Netherlands It failed to specify an exact date but it clearly indicated the move in a press release on its website last July And one of the reasons it launched in the Netherlands is because of its extensive broadband infrastructure We may have to move a few rungs up Akamai s state of the internet report before we re considered a viable market So that s that But for argument s sake let s pretend that Netflix is launching in Australia and soon for that matter Turns out Australia s local content players actually aren t that scared of the big bad streaming giant Quickflix a company that would serve as a direct competitor to Netflix s Australian operations welcomes the challenge And in response to the purported fear the arrival of Netflix is inflicting on the local industry Quickflix CEO Stephen Langford said that somebody needs to breathe into a paperbag The early evidence from the US is that at the sort of price points that we play in customers are taking more than one service he said If the Australian market pans out to be anything like the US then the distribution of content rights will likely allow for multiple players in the same market Albeit less than the US given our market size Also what many don t realise is that an Australian Netflix would not be a like for like of its US counterpart When it comes to broadcasting rights the studios charge companies like Netflix on a region by region basis Judging by the amount we already pay for content in Australia there s likely a premium on the rights to broadcast in this part of the world Netflix would need to look at whether our market size justifies the amount they would need to spend to import their full library to Australia On top of this the group s ace in the hole against this situation its original shows House Of Cards Orange is the New Black etc are already airing on Foxtel and other local content services It s for this reason that VPN based access to the US version of Netflix is rife in Canada despite the fact that the company has launched a Canadian based service The US counterpart simply offers more content at a lower price Another local content player EzyFlix is banking on this fact as its defence against a Netflix assault Its founder Craig White says that

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/29/technology/whos-afraid-big-bad-netflix (2014-01-12)
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  • Airtasker raises $2 million for renewed micro-task push | Business Spectator
    internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Airtasker raises 2 million for renewed micro task push Harrison Polites 27 Nov 2013 8 24 AM Technology Start ups Looks to cater to larger corporates in the near future You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Australian online outsourcing platform Airtasker has raised in another 2 million in funding and is set to ramp up its efforts to promote the short term labour market Unlike other job platforms Airtasker specialises in advertising micro jobs tasks that typically require even less of a formal commitment from the employee than a regular casual job It could be anything from delivering food to cleaning homes Though as reported by the Australian Financial Review the company s founder Tim Fung is looking to expand his service in the new to cater to large corporates looking for day workers The move was foreshadowed by a partnership between online job platform CareerOne and Airtasker earlier this year As part of the arrangement CareerOne has already started promoting Airtasker as a hub for casual workers This latest round of investment brings the amount of capital raised by Airtasker up from 1 5 million to 3 5 million It was supplied by

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/11/27/technology/airtasker-raises-2-million-renewed-micro-task-push (2014-01-12)
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  • The next step in the payments revolution | Business Spectator
    Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Innovation in payments has historically been slow with incumbent players often investing heavily in new services and then launching products to the mass market over the course of several years Central to this has been a top down approach development occurs at the top before the product is launched in the market However the digital commerce market has different demands and developers now seek both simplicity in implementation and greater control over their payment systems something for which they are willing to pay a premium The unusual business models being launched often need new forms of payments services which are not yet widely available and new players are emerging to meet this need For existing payment providers traditional approaches combined with defensiveness over disintermediation means a major opportunity may be missed Merchants and developers seek control over payments In recent years the market for digital commerce has exploded Services that were not imagined even three or four years ago including taxi apps such as Uber and short term apartment rental services such as Airbnb are now commonplace with investors valuing them in the billions of dollars In addition consumer facing brands of all sizes are delving into omnichannel strategies aimed at creating a seamless on message customer experience regardless of the channel being used Innovative services and seamless user experiences are central to this growth and although payments for such services run on existing infrastructure developers are not content for payment incumbents to launch long gestating digital wallet services They are now pressing ahead with payment implementation in ways that complement their overall designs and help remove user frictions rather than adjusting their systems to comply with the stipulations of payment providers This element of control over how payment systems work to make them as seamless as possible means there is a growing appetite for services that provide control and flexibility to merchants and developers alike Older top down models that are strict on branding authentication methods and transaction types will struggle to gain traction in a market where merchants and their developers are exerting greater control with emphasis on the overall omnichannel customer experience Simplicity is increasingly held at a premium The desire for control over payments and the goal of creating a seamless experience are illustrated by the fact that emerging payment providers are now able to charge higher rates to merchants by offering increased simplicity and ease of implementation Payments are becoming more complex through diversification and greater regulatory requirements so the need for simplicity is extending beyond small scale merchants and start up digital providers Some of the highest growth payment providers such as Square Braintree and Stripe charge rates that exceed most gateway service providers More providers that follow similar models are now emerging Australia based Pin Payments for example charges a rate of 3 per cent 0 30 per transaction The ability to accept payments out of the box

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/26/technology/next-step-payments-revolution (2014-01-12)
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  • Gilles Ubaghs - Ovum | Business Spectator
    clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Gilles Ubaghs Ovum The next step in the payments revolution The next development in payments technology is likely to take a bottom up rather than top down approach and the incumbents could end up on the losing side of the equation by Gilles Ubaghs Ovum 10 12am November 26 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Scoreboard Dollar

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  • Huawei, Cisco slugfest hits a roadblock | Business Spectator
    Huawei s local rival but that relationship went sour and was formally disbanded in 2012 In the meantime Shenzhen based Huawei made headway not only into the low end routers and switches business but was also eating into Cisco s home terrain of higher end equipment When a competitor s gear gets good enough not as good or as secure then a lot of customers were prepared to go with that said another former Cisco executive China card For Chambers the holy grail had long been China He said in an interview with Reuters last year that he had been visiting the country for 25 years To a group of Asian journalists visiting Cisco s headquarters in June 2005 he said If I wasn t American I would be Chinese according to a Xinhua news agency report In late 2007 he flew to Beijing to pledge 16 billion worth of investments in China over the next 5 years during which time Chambers said Cisco s manufacturing in China would double By 2009 it had invested in more than 50 Chinese companies A Cisco s But there has been little to show for it Cisco s share of the carrier business selling switches and routers to service providers has remained steady in Europe at around 40 per cent and has risen in the Middle East Africa and Latin America in recent years but has fallen in Asia according to data from Ovum a research consultancy In China it fell from 19 per cent in the second quarter of 2010 to 12 per cent in the same quarter this year One former executive who used to travel overseas with Chambers said he would argue in vain with the CEO about the dangers of overinvesting in China saying his expectations were too ambitious John thought he could get more out of it than even a sober assessment at the time suggested couldn t be done he said For sure many Western companies have found China harder going than they d anticipated but Cisco s poor performance in China stands in contrast to Huawei s growing market share In equipment for service providers for example Huawei s revenues grew by 84 per cent between the second quarter of 2010 and this year against Cisco s 2 5 per cent according to Ovum data While Cisco s market share shrank Huawei s grew from 56 per cent to 64 per cent Suspicious minds And things aren t likely to get better any time soon In the wake of Edward Snowden s revelations about the extent of US National Security Agency electronic spying programmes aimed at China among other countries some Chinese media have questioned Cisco s credibility Although the company has issued statements saying that it is not involved in monitoring citizens or government communications in China or anywhere else recent events mean that it may be quite a long time before we can trust Cisco again wrote the Beijing based Global Times on June

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/25/technology/huawei-cisco-slugfest-hits-roadblock (2014-01-12)
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  • Jeremy Wagstaff | Business Spectator
    stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Jeremy Wagstaff Huawei Cisco slugfest hits a roadblock US China diplomacy may be about to interfere the quiet but intense competition between Cisco and Huawei with each struggling to break into each the others home markets by Jeremy Wagstaff by Sinead Carew Jim Finkle Reuters 10 20am November 25 TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR Huawei versus the world The success of the telco gear giant is closely linked to the strong individualistic streak of its founder Ren Zhengfei by Jeremy Wagstaff by Lee Chyen Yee 8 29am April 25 Huawei Cisco slugfest hits a roadblock US China diplomacy may be about to interfere the quiet but intense competition between Cisco and Huawei with each struggling to break into each the others home markets by Jeremy Wagstaff by Sinead Carew Jim Finkle Reuters 10 20am November 25 TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR Huawei versus the world The success of the telco gear giant is closely linked to the strong individualistic streak of its founder Ren Zhengfei by Jeremy Wagstaff by Lee Chyen Yee

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