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).

Mobilyser makes calls count

After losing a $500,000 development grant, a local entrepreneur has launched another app instead.

App/tech business of the week – AssetFarm

Online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers or oil and gas exploration and production properties. It has 12,000 active buyers and sellers. Free to browse basic information. Commissions are paid if asset is sold through contact made from the site.

Fund fight forces startups flight

Several local startups have broadened their horizons in the search for funds.

App/tech business of the week – Saberr

Saberr is a web app that allows organisations to use data to make better decisions about their staff. By analysing employees in advance, organisations can understand the impact of combining people in teams.

App/tech business of the week – Greensense

Sustainability monitoring and reporting software.

App/tech business of the week – CIRRENA IVS

Online technology allowing organisations to organise secret ballots.

App/tech business of the week – TAP INTO SAFETY

Tap Into Safety offers "interactive safety training tools".

App/tech business of the week – TRIPLIFY

Triplify claims to be "what's on guide for the world".

RAC sparks some start-up seeds

RAC of WA and Spacecubed have become the first organizations in Perth to fund a ‘tech accelerator’, which should come as welcome relief to the cash-starved start-up sector.

Addicted to (successful) blogging

A Perth blogger, who has spent time developing his skills in the US, reveals his winning formula.

Joondalup chases start-up sector

The City of Joondalup is opening a new co-working space and providing fresh investment funds for start-ups.

Perth start-up team wins global hackathon

The head of a Perth-based start-up has led a team to victory in the first-ever global ‘hackathon’ in Seoul, South Korea.

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.

VIDEO: Hackers mine data for miners

Can a ‘hackathon’ help innovation in the mining industry? Perth is about to find out.

Vine Collective taps the crowd

SPECIAL REPORT: Marrying wine with technology was always going to gain someone’s attention and Ben Thomas, armed with a PhD in marketing and tourism has taken on that challenge with a new website.

US group guides Perth entrepreneurs

SPECIAL REPORT: The Springboard program nurtures selected WA start-up leaders to think of their concepts and potential earnings in global terms.

Start-ups stall as capital cools

SPECIAL REPORT: Falling government support and fewer funding deals are having a pincer effect on Perth’s emerging start-up sector.

Media’s multi-screen challenge

Research undertaken in Perth may help to solve the growing problem of multi-screen inattention.

Start-ups seek options on tax

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

'How to' video helps readers access BNIQ

To help you understand what you get with BNIQ, why not watch this helpful 4-minute video ...  

Founder fired up for tech success

Perth is well placed to become an IT hub, but the people involved in the start-up community may need to collaborate to make it happen.

Shark Spotting with UAVs (video talk)

Can unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) be used to spot sharks off Perth’s beaches?

Nurturing local IT talent

Perth is a hotbed of IT and business talent, and there’s no shortage of courses and events to connect ideas with outcomes.

Welcome to the Single Column DBA

Welcome to the new look Business Alerts.

WiFi cost an opportunity to profit

Mobile technology is providing businesses with an inexpensive but significant marketing tool, but many fail to recognise it.

An app for every occasion

Local app developers have been busy in 2013, developing in-demand products and taking the sector far from its cottage industry roots.

Farugi makes more than music

A new service developed in Perth aims to bring bands and fans together.

Businesses, get a social life

Case studies from WA businesses show the power of social commerce.

Access all areas, VIP-style

Undeterred by the high level of competition in the space, a Perth entrepreneur has launched an app which allows users to skip the queues and get onto guest lists at bars and clubs.

Do you really need money for your start-up?

Sometimes it can be better to go as far as you can before using other people's money.

You gotta flearn before you flourish

Perth is well behind world-leading cities when it comes to supporting tech start-ups.



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.