Charlie Gunningham

Charlie Gunningham is the former chief executive of Business News. Originally an Economics teacher from the UK, Charlie taught in Singapore prior to landing in Perth in 1997, whereupon he did an MBA at UWA Business School, graduating as top student in 1999. Later that same year he set up, an online real estate business, which was sold to REIWA in 2010. He ran for 3 years before joining Business News as GM of Digital in 2013. Charlie is a cofounder of eGroup and a past 40under40 winner (2003).

App/tech business of the week – Mycovative

Mycovative is a small biotech startup run by molecular genetics and biotechnology student Ben Sharp.

Connecting innovators with the big end of town

Australia's recent poor record in commercialising innovation received a boost late last year with the revival of the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program.

App/tech business of the week – Epic Delivery

A mobile app service that allows you to obtain ‘virtually anything’ you want from nearby merchants, delivered to you in under an hour.

App/tech business of the week – is a fashion aggregator website that allows users to browse 25 of the world’s top fashion retailers.

App/tech business of the week – Welcome to Country app

The Welcome to Country app delivers a simple welcome to country video introduction to visitors on Australian indigenous culture by a local traditional owner or elder, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal-boundary geo-specific.

Simply Wall St impresses

A Sydney-based angel investor has taken a lead investment role in a Perth startup.

Investors bank on startup wins

Perth’s tech network has grown significantly during the past three years; what it needs next are some success stories.

This bot has your apps worked out

Do you want to know how your app is fairing? Well, there’s a web-app for that.

App/tech business of the week – ResApp Health

ResApp Health develops digital healthcare solutions to assist doctors and empower patients to diagnose and manage respiratory disease.

App/tech business of the week – Cycliq

Cycliq makes camera and lighting accessories for cyclists so they can record all the action and capture any incidents that happen on the ride.

Startups need support to take next step

The call is clear – government and angel investors need to do more to help startup businesses.

App/tech business of the week – Paytradie

Paytradie is a mobile solution for small business invoicing and payments, including automatic ‘payment due’ notifications.

App/Tech of the week – Simply Wall St

What? ~               Stock investing made simple. The web service uses unique ‘snowflake’ visualisations to show the health, income, value, past and future performance in one infographic.

Federal funds good fit for local firms

Two Western Australian firms have been among the first round of companies awarded federal grants in the ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’ entrepreneurs program.

App/tech business of the week – Community2Go

Community2Go is a smartphone app system designed for organisations, community groups, schools and clubs to send information easily to members through real-time push messages and a simple Q&A menu.

App/tech business of the week – The Fabric Social

The Fabric Social’s goal is to lift the burden of poverty from women and their families in war-torn areas.

Keep your ego in check

Entrepreneurs need to park their ego if they want their idea to go global, according to one of the ‘sharks’ from the Channel 10 TV show, Shark Tank.

App/tech business of the week – Velpic

Velpic allows companies to create their own video lessons and distribute them online to their staff and contractors.

App/tech business of the week – StrykeTax

StrykeTax is a new app that aims to reduce the time, hassle and effort of preparing income tax returns.

App/tech business of the week – Cruxcee

A web-based platform that connects social enterprises with global supply chains. Businesses use the service to procure goods and services from social enterprise suppliers.

App/tech business of the week – Everythere

An interactive geo-targeting app that blends video, audio, images and marketing messages together.

Sink or swim for startups when the sharks are circling

Two local entrepreneurs have had contrasting experiences appearing on Channel 10’s recently concluded Shark Tank, a reality TV show in which budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of potential investors.

App/tech business of the week – GroupMap

Tired of unproductive business meetings? GroupMap collects responses from individuals, combines them into a group view for discussion, prioritisation and decision making. It can be used for board and strategy meetings, staff consultation and anything in between.

App/tech business of the week – Dinner Twist

Dinner Twist is a local and clean alternative that delivers a box of fresh ingredients and recipes weekly.

App/tech business of the week – Vine Collective

Buy wines direct from 60-plus of Western Australia’s leading boutique wine producers as well as explore the state’s best wine tourism experiences with regional profiles, winery profiles, user-driven winery reviews and winery rankings.

Pitchers ‘paint’ in nouns and verbs

Perth has hosted a UK-based incubator’s first pitch night for social entrepreneurs in Australia.

App/tech business of the week – Buzzy

Buzzy is an online marketplace that allows people to outsource their ‘to do’ list to trusted and skilled members of their community.

App/tech business of the week – OZeating

Established in 2008, OZeating is a news and entertainment website focused on food, drinks and restaurants. Relaunched with new look and new CEO in May 2015.

Kanopy’s video stream has US unis covered

Olivia Humphrey’s tech business is making inroads in the US, without the need for venture capital investment.

App/tech business of the week – Today We Learned

Today We Learned allows teachers to send specific 60-second updates to parents so they can start better conversations with their children. It closes the loop between the school, the student and the home.



Charlie Gunningham's Picks


CONTAGIOUS by Jonah Berger (also available as an audio book on I recommend it highly. Why do some things catch on (like iPhone 6) and others don't (Microsoft tried tablets in the 1980s and gave up)? If it sounds similar to Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point (another must read) and Made to Stick (also very good) then it is, Berger tips his hat to these 2 publications, but goes further adding his extensive research findings to explain WHY things catch on and are spoken about. It's all about STEPPS (a pneomonic for the 6 characteristics of things that are shared). Read the book to find out what 'STEPPS' are...


Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

It really doesn't matter that there's absolutely no evidence that Einstein actually made this statement; it's still a great quotation.

If you want a different result, mix it up, try something new. Don't keep doing the same old, same old. And ban the answer "... 'Cos we've always done it like that!" in response to the question "Why do we do this?"


App/tech business of the week – DrawHistory

A digital technology communications agency with a social impact focus, DrawHistory is a startup based at the new BloomLab co-working space in Crawley.

Cutting-edge tech project launched in Perth

An innovative project involving government agencies and private players has the potential to streamline and coordinate public works projects, reducing traffic congestion and saving costs, according to its proponents.

Well-funded foreign firms a digital disruption

Australia is at significant risk of a digital ‘invasion’ by overseas tech companies keen to disrupt the economic status quo.

CEO lunch with Bronwyn Barnes

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with mining director Bronwyn Barnes.

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Budget slashes start-up support

It's a case of 'where to now?' for the start-up sector after funding cuts in this month's federal budget.

Innovation Summit aims to get beyond base camp

At yesterday's WA Innovation Summit, put together for new Innovation Minister Bill Marmion, 250 invited guests came up with plans on how best to spend the newly allocated $20 million of innovation funds. 

Start-ups seek options on tax

With stock options being taxed immediately, start-ups are being held back.

Investors bank on startup wins

Perth’s tech network has grown significantly during the past three years; what it needs next are some success stories.