Monday, March 26, 2012

On the pannel @ Microsoft Innovation Centre Industry Forum

I’ll be on the panel at the MS Innovation Centre Forum on March, 28th to discuss “How to make it as a Start-up in Queensland”. 

Also on the panel is:

  • Steve Baxter; Founder of River City Labs and Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of PIPE Networks.
  • Kyle McGinty; Executive of Digital and Technology Recruitment at Mitchell Lake and Organiser of Silicon Beach Brisbane.
  • Christopher Tia; Principal at Lean Market Research, Organiser of Brisbane’s Lean Start-Up Group and former Business Incubation Manager at ilab incubator.

The session will run as a Q&A forum with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions and generate discussion around what it takes to be a successful Start-Up company in Queensland. Registration is essential as there are limited places for this session.

Time and Date: 12pm-1:30pm on March 28th 2012.

Venue: The Queensland Microsoft Innovation Centre, Microsoft, Level 28, 400 George St, Brisbane 400.

Hope to see you there, but register here first.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

datascientists said: Hi Mark, I'd like to ask you some question about raising Angel funding for my new start up called Data Scientists. Are you available for a phone call or meeting (or I could dig out my surf board and we could chat on the water)? Cheers, Troy.

Hi Troy, thanks for the message. Sure happy to chat, you can email me and we can setup a time - mbathie AT gmail dot com

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Talking at #LCA2012 tomorrow - Linux Conf Australia

 I’m excited to be invited to talk at the #LCA2012 conference, business of open source mini conf tomorrow with @bobwaldie from opengear.com and Martin Michlmayr, who as acted as the public director for for Linux international and spent 2 years as the leader of Debian, and now works for HP. Debian was the first Linux distro I ever used, and some of the first servers at CVSDude were Debian based, so I’m excited to meet Martin.

This is a Linux and FOSS conference after all, so my talk will be on the story of how I started, grew and ultimately sold my company CVSDude/Codesion to the corporate sponsors of the OS developer tool Subversion, which we hosted in the cloud as part of our service. Shortly after this, I’ll be helping out on the Monetising open source discussion pannel, which will be fun.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Monday, November 14, 2011
Just switched from Picasa to Aperture because my photo library has way outgrown the storage capacity of my Mac Air. Aperture has a great feature called “referenced files”, which allow you to store images on a NAS or USB drive, while managing all your images from one central place. Turns out it is significantly better for manipulating shots as well, here is a sunset I shot a few years back in Mdumbi, South Africa after some post processing.

Just switched from Picasa to Aperture because my photo library has way outgrown the storage capacity of my Mac Air. Aperture has a great feature called “referenced files”, which allow you to store images on a NAS or USB drive, while managing all your images from one central place. Turns out it is significantly better for manipulating shots as well, here is a sunset I shot a few years back in Mdumbi, South Africa after some post processing.

Contact owners before you rent

Taking on some valuable user feedback from our users, we’ve made a few changes to the way Freegler works.

You can now contact item owners before you reserve and item, for example you might want to check if the owner will be home a certain time, or perhaps find out more details about the item.

We also now require users to verify their email address when signing up, by clicking a security link that is sent out to their email address after creating their account.

We look forward to taking more feedback onboard as we continue to grow and build the items database!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Freegler now supports tags

Freegler, now allows you to tag your items making it easier for you to group your items into buckets (i.e. lawnmower -> gardening), and for others to find your items more easily. Checkout our tag cloud.

Freegler is my new startup which draws from the idea of collaborative consumption by allowing anyone to rent their things to their neighbours, for example gardening equipment, sporting goods, power tools, even film studios!

Gold Coast Tech Space

Steve Dalton recently launched a much needed share working space on the Gold Coast for Tech companies. Of course this is not a new concept, but the approach is very lean in nature with a very bare bones approach from the furnishing to what it will offer members - which is very much like a lot of tech startups these days.

  • Reprap printer - just some of the things that will be going on.

As someone who works from home mostly, you do miss out on the interaction that an office environment can provide. The cool thing about Gold Coast Tech Space is that it offers the chance to interact with others who are working on their startups. Having others to bounce ideas off and help with technical problems can be of enormous value, both in saving time and validation of your ideas, even if your working on completely separate projects.

Check out the meetup group and help spread the word.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just got back from an awesome surf trip to Bali - the locals sit there all day and take pictures of people surfing, which you can buy later. I couldn’t resist :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 Friday, August 26, 2011

Speaking at iLab’s annual investment summit

Yes, it was a busy day yesterday. Waking early to talk at Silicon Beach, Gold Coast. I normally code till the wee hours of the morning so getting up early can be a challenge sometimes (unless the surf is pumping of course). I headed up to Brisbane after lunch to talk about the capital raising and exit process that I went through with Codesion at the iLab annual investment summit. I quite enjoyed speaking at the event and got to catch up with some people I’ve not seen in a while and meet some new people, which is always nice.

There were some great speakers I enjoyed listening too. I particularly enjoyed the talks by Tom Makaskill talk on exit a company, Bob Waldie’s talk on what Angel’s are looking for, Steve McRae’s experiences raising capital in Silicon Valley. These ones I could relate to having been through some of these experiences myself with my startup. There did seem to be a general theme that Aussie startups should make the pilgrimage over to Silicon Valley at some point, if not re-locate there permanently. Although this is not always necessary for every company depending on your business, based on my experiences there is definitely a lot to be gained from moving to ‘tech Ground Zero’ most importantly (there are other benefits of course too) just being surrounded by a larger pool of entrepreneurs who are also going through the same journey, who you can network with and share experiences with. The web is peppered with examples of successful startups that began outside the Valley, and by no means should you think that “yes, I must move there or not succeed”. In fact sometimes it can be of an advantage to be outside the somewhat “closed bubble” and looking in, where your exposed to different influences leading to different innovations. At the end of the day, if you don’t have a business with a product, customers and signs of market traction, then it really doesn’t matter if your here or there.

Thanks to iLab and Colin (CEO iLab) for putting on an enjoyable afternoon and for the opportunity to talk at the event. I appologize to anyone I didn’t get to speak to properly during the networking session afterwards- I do enjoy chewing the fat about tech and startups in general, so please feel free to reach out if want someone to bounce your ideas off.