News Pulse for September 30, 2015

  • APEC Issues Paper highlights the trade benefits of data flows | The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP
    An APEC data flows Issues Paper released today highlights the opportunities for increasing trade and opening up new markets for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The paper entitled APEC Harmonisation of Standards for Data and Information Flows was prepared by Standards Australia under the guidance of the Australian Treasury.
  • Australia’s 10 most influential people in tech
    This year’s list of the 10 most influential people in the Australian IT industry is a group who have all proven capable of influencing the thinking and actions of others. Whether it is in shaping (or reshaping) the organisations they lead, the industry as a whole, or our broader society, they have all driven tangible outcomes that might not have otherwise been possible.
  • Uber, other ride-sharing services able to enter Canberra market from late October
    Uber and other ride-sharing services will be legally able to enter the Canberra market from October 30 after reforms to ACT legislation. The ACT Government said the territory would be the first jurisdiction in Australia to regulate ride-sharing before services like Uber entered the market.
  • Uber operating in WA: State Government urged to follow other states and crack down on ride-sharing app
    The West Australian Government is being urged to follow the lead of New South Wales and Queensland and crack down harder on ride-sharing service Uber.
  • Governments potentially missing out on millions in tax annually from Uber: taxi industry report
    Ride-sharing company Uber is potentially avoiding paying millions of dollars in government taxes, a report on Victoria’s taxi industry has found.
  • Turnbull calls snap summit, small business still waiting for invite
    The Prime Minister has called a snap summit of business, community and union leaders in Canberra on Thursday. The summit will carry on from where the recent National Reform Summit left off with a major focus on tax reform. However at this stage the Council of Small Business of Australia has not been invited. Peter Strong, executive director of COSBOA Council of Small Business Australia, told SmartCompany he hopes small business does get a hearing at the summit after concerns that SMEs were ignored at the National Reform summit.
  • Host of angels: Innovation Bay dinner set for Melbourne
    With a change in leadership and an increased focus on innovation and startups, it’s an exciting time for angel investing in Australia, Innovation Bay Melbourne organiser Jodie Imam says.     “Everyone is talking about entrepreneurs, high-tech and innovation, and that’s been further supported with the new government. It’s a very exciting and growing opportunity.” Innovation Bay will be hosting its first angel investor dinner in Melbourne next month, bringing together entrepreneurs and potential investors in an informal, networking environment.
  • Enterprises and the API economy: MYOB&039;s API strategy
    Increasingly, enterprises are exploring ways of expanding their partner networks or even directly driving revenue using APIs. MYOB is one of Australia’s software success stories. Its long-running developer program has helped it build an ecosystem of third party add-ons that deliver new capabilities to its applications or even use MYOB’s software as a building block for offerings that can serve entirely new market segments, according to Keran McKenzie.
  • StartupWeek set to kick off in Sydney then expand nationally
    The inaugural StartupWeek is coming up in October, billed as the “most concentrated level of activity ever in a single week focusing on the Sydney startup community”. StartupWeek Sydney takes place from October 23 to October 30, with more than 5000 people expected to attend 50 events. Williams intends to take the event national next year, with Melbourne and Canberra plans already in progress.
  • Start-ups created over one million jobs in five years
    Australian start-ups added 1.04 million full-time equivalent jobs to the economy between 2006 to 2011, according to a report from the Office of the Chief Economist led by Mark Cully in the Department of Industry and Science.
  • Memo to Turnbull on talking points for local start-up summit
    Malcolm TurnbullThe Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Member for Wentworth Prime Minister from 15.9.15 should follow up his national reform summit in Canberra tomorrow with a round table of leaders from Australia’s growing start-up community. It shouldn’t be in Canberra, which is both the seat and symbol of government, but at a start-up incubator campus, such as Fishburners in Ultimo, in inner-city Sydney, which Turnbull has ­visited twice.

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