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Marcus Holmes

Marcus Holmes is the editor and co-founder of Startup News (http://startupnews.com.au) and is a facilitator or organiser of several startup events in Perth. As a freelance developer he has been involved in the Perth startup scene since 2011, having worked in tech SMEs since 1995. As part of his contributions to the industry, he has been involved in the organisation of events such as Startup Weekend Perth, Perth Web Girls, and Perth Startup School.

A tale of two startups

OPINION: Due to the shortage of funding options, many Perth startups adopt the low-risk ‘lean startup’ approach.

The truth about blockchains

OPINION: Amid all the hype about blockchains, one major issue is finding the best use for the technology.

Problem sharing means problem solving

OPINION: The startup sector is rife with opportunities for young women dissatisfied with the corporate career ladder.

So much for the #ideasboom

OPINION: That the federal government has gone missing after previously stating enthusiastic support for the tech sector is a massive failure of vision.

Zombie ideas will hold you back

OPINION: Held at Spacecubed earlier this month, Perth’s 10th Startup Weekend brought together some of the brightest minds in startup tech.

In praise of the discovery build

OPINION: Discovery builds are an ideal part of the development pathway for startups seeking to minimise risk.

Devil’s in the detail for big data

ANALYSIS: The recent WWW2017 conference in Perth was a chance to hear some of the technology developments coming to the internet.

Incompatible operating systems

OPINION: There are several reasons why the suggestion that governments use startups as suppliers is a really bad idea.

Bringing cutting-edge tech to life

OPINION: It pays to keep on top of developments in the tech sector.

Talking loud, saying nothing

OPINION: The internet and social media have changed the way many of us interact, but it also has led to the triumph of emotion over intellect.

Accelerator expectations need to be slowed

OPINION: Startup accelerators hope to beat the odds on the pathway to success, but the numbers suggest that even the ‘experts’ can’t pick winners.

Peak tech body develops strategic initatives

OPINION: The startup and innovation sector is well prepared for the challenge ahead.

Tech solutions in need of problems

OPINION: Tech marketability increasingly depends on a back-to-basics approach to usefulness.

Don’t underestimate the feel-good factor

OPINION: Support from state and federal governments last year has engendered a positive mood among local tech players.

Startups leap into fault lines of disruption

OPINION: A less-certain world means more opportunities for Perth’s startups.

Startup Weekend fosters skill cycle for founders

Perth’s Startup Weekend is a fertile breeding ground for tech startup founders, and this month’s ninth event shows the strength of the sector in WA.

Breaking down the boys’ network

The lack of diversity in tech startups is an impediment to the sector’s ongoing growth.

Apple, Facebook corner the internet

Startups will quickly emerge to challenge and disrupt the dominance of the technology giants, in ways we can’t imagine now.

Fintech changing the game for banks

Fintech is disruption in action, and how we think about finance and undertake transactions will never be the same.

Cattle call offers fresh take on startup role

The emphasis of the startup business is moving away from great ideas to great capabilities.

Creative management a challenge for business

The startup community may have some lessons for businesses that want to somehow ‘manage’ creativity.

Role for government in startups’ success

Cooperation between the startup community and government is welcomed, but what form it takes is yet to become clear.

Social enterprises making an impact

The process for creating a social enterprise or a startup is the same – the only real difference is the criteria for success.

Back door closes as another opens

The political and regulatory climates appear to have synergised, making increased private investment in the startup sector more likely.

Angels work better together

New tax incentives are aimed at encouraging angel investors and startups to build strong relationships.

Investors, founders face strategy conundrum

There’s an ongoing debate in the startup community about whether to develop customer-focused businesses or pursue an investor-driven model.

Challenges, opportunities as startup scene matures

2016 could be a breakthrough year for the state’s startup community.

Startups need to find the value

The shift in consumer behaviour brought on by technology is having a profound effect on established business models, particularly in advertising.

Learning to love the lessons of failure

Tech entrepreneurs must be free from the pressure to avoid failure, or else they may never take the chance in the first place.

Limbering up for hackathon season

Hackathons are creative, collaborative and crucial to the development of social networks in the startup sector.

For startups first is nowhere

As this column has mentioned previously, startups and conventional businesses are different in a number of ways, and the ‘first mover advantage’ is one.

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A tale of two startups

OPINION: Due to the shortage of funding options, many Perth startups adopt the low-risk ‘lean startup’ approach.

The truth about blockchains

OPINION: Amid all the hype about blockchains, one major issue is finding the best use for the technology.

Investors need startup lessons

The sporadic nature of funding is frustrating startups in Perth, and a misunderstanding of how the tech sector actually works is a major factor.

Fintech changing the game for banks

Fintech is disruption in action, and how we think about finance and undertake transactions will never be the same.

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Accelerator expectations need to be slowed

OPINION: Startup accelerators hope to beat the odds on the pathway to success, but the numbers suggest that even the ‘experts’ can’t pick winners.

Back door closes as another opens

The political and regulatory climates appear to have synergised, making increased private investment in the startup sector more likely.

Limbering up for hackathon season

Hackathons are creative, collaborative and crucial to the development of social networks in the startup sector.

Cattle call offers fresh take on startup role

The emphasis of the startup business is moving away from great ideas to great capabilities.