Facebook Finally Lets Its Firehose Be Tapped For Marketing Insights Thanks To DataSift

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Twitter’s firehose of tweets has long been offered as a goldmine for businesses trying to understand how to improve or market their products, and now Facebook will allow privacy-safe peeks at its treasure trove, too. Today Facebook launched a new insights product called “Topic Data” in the U.S. and U.K. with the help of brand analytics leader DataSift. Facebook explains that “Topic data shows marketers what audiences are saying on Facebook about events, brands, subjects and activities.” For example, “A business selling a hair de-frizzing product can see demographics on the people talking about humidity’s effects on…

Amazon throws in the towel and opens a store on Alibaba

Originally posted on Quartz:
Chinese e-commerce is getting real meta these days. Amazon.com just launched a store on Tmall, the business-to-consumer retail site run by Alibaba Group, as the Wall Street Journal recently noticed. Here’s what that looks like: It’s a humbling choice for Amazon. Though Amazon’s been selling goods online in China for about a decade under Amazon.cn, it never managed to ride the Chinese e-commerce craze. Meanwhile, Tmall and JD.com, Alibaba’s prime competitor, continue to dominate. As Tech in Asia notes, the move means that Amazon is essentially paying Alibaba a commission to sell its goods. It’s unclear what’s behind the move. Amazon doesn’t break out its China performance…

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New iCentral.co Community 234 Sussex

Originally posted on The Start Society:
As previously advised via the SydStart.com/Desks site, we are well progressed with getting the new tech startup co-working space at it looks like being one the largest in Australia. Photos below, we are already 60% [update: now 90%] pre-commited and more blog posts elsewhere here and here and here so…

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A Permanent Home For StartSoc (And Your Startup!)

Announcing the iCentral Project – We are pleased to announce the StartSoc iCentral Project, establishing a permanent coworking space for our tech startup community nationally with co-working, education, connections and inspiration. Pre-registration for desks and expressions of interest from sponsors and suppliers are both OPEN NOW. The shortcut to this page is http://icentral.co

StartupBus winners on the big stage at SydStart 2014

SydStart 2014 Photos

SydStart 2014 Conference Speaker Photos by our official photographer from the main conference and Expo at the Hilton Sydney.

Keynote speakers, pitching finalists and community speakers.

Danny Adams - SydStart 2014 Winner of the Startup Trophy for his company Go Far - presented by Pete Cooper

SydStart 2014 Winners

Official announcement of the SydStart 2014 Startup Trophy winner and runners up from the main pitching competition. From 200 applicants and 80 semi finalists we had ten finalists and one winner.

GoFar Founders Danny and Ian Pitch at SydStart 2014

Go Far

GoFar are the driving optimisation app experts and winners of The Startup Trophy at SydStart 2014

GoFar has remarkable traction with individual car owners and major fleet operators alike.

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CoWorking Meetup

We are pleased to announce a national coworking, accelerator and incubator (CAI) meetup and hangout at SydStart 2014. This is the pre-cursor the establishment of a national coworking association. The meetup will be at 8am on L4 Hilton Breakout Room 2 Organisers are (with thanks) Brad Krauskopf Hub Australia and Third Spaces (speaking) Pete Cooper…

PwC Supports SydStart

PwC Sponsors SydStart 2014

We are pleased to announce that PwC will once again provide judging oversight at SydStart this year. PwC has been a supporter of SydStart 2012 and we warmly welcome them back for our third year together. They have also kindly provided espresso coffee sponsorship for the whole event so we can all be as sharp…

Rebekah Campbell CEO Posse at SydStart 2014

Rebekah Campbell Posse at SydStart 2014

We are delighted to announce Rebekah Campbell CEO and Founder of Posse will speak at SydStart. Rebekah is a role model for local entrepreneurs and has been proactive about sharing her lessons learnt through the development of her business. With millions raised and some of the best connections in the industry this is one not…

Arthouse Hotel Pitt St for the SydStart After Party

SydStart Afters

We are pleased to announce the SydStart After Party will start at Arthouse Hotel in Pitt St just around the corner from the Hilton after 6pm. You will be greeted on arrival with security wrist band, please show your SydStart Lanyard from the Hilton to be issued with your wrist band. Arthouse is a Sydney…

Jo Ucukalo from Handle My Complaint Hosts SydStart

Jo Ucukalo to Host SydStart 2014

We are delighted to announce Jo Ucukalo will Host SydStart 2014 along with SydStart Founder Pete Cooper. Jo Ucukalo is a founder, engineer, geek, celebrity and role model. Jo is a nationally recognised celebrity in the tech startup scene especially in her home town of Brisbane where TV appearances are a regular event. Most startups…

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Travel Meetup Morning at SydStart 2014

Tech startups in the travel and lifestyle industries should make it to the 8am meetups tomorrow morning at SydStart 2014. There are at least ten startups in the travel related space in the expo plus overlap in the lifestyle category with the fashion/design meetup which is separate but happening at the same venue at the…

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin Blue Chilli SydStart

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin Blue Chilli at SydStart 2014

We are pleased to announce the Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin Founder and CEO of Blue Chilli will speak at SydStart 2014. Seb is an investor, engineer, founder and startup builder. He also has some major news for us. Blue Chilli is aiming to create 100 startups in the coming years and is already on the way. A…


Content Driven Communities Masterclass at SydStart 2014

OK this will be another busy one so arrive early, you can’t book seats. We have three remarkably well qualified experts to teach you about driving traffic through content, more importantly building community so engagement and quality volume per person and strategic long term retention are all higher. Rob Wood is the founder of LightStalking…

Sam Birmingham at SydStart

Customer Development Masterclass at SydStart 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Sam Birmingham of Pollenizer will conduct a masterclass on Customer Development at SydStart. Sam Birmingham (Pollenizer Global, Coder Dojo, Startup Weekend, iiNet, more) is a well know local light in the national ecosystem and his experience and knowledge in this space is notable. Sam is a senior startup coach…