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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.

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.

All systems go for AI revolution

Advances in artificial intelligence are raising questions about its value in more creative, artistic processes. 

Startups putting ideas to work

There’s a world of difference between the conventional business model and the strategy of startups, starting with how ideas are dealt with.

Pushing the button on product development

Software product management is not the same as software project management, and the sooner startup founders understand this, the better.

DIY software solutions work best

Having the technical skills to develop software in-house is a key point of difference for successful startups.

Fast-moving startups keep it lean

There’s plenty of talk in investment circles about the startup sector, but no singular, clear definition of what a ‘startup’ actually is.

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.

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Cryptocurrency capital comes with a caveat

OPINION: Startups are thinking creatively about funding, with a new cryptocurrency strategy the latest development.

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.

Nomads leaving digital footprints

OPINION: Technology has changed the way we all work, but digital nomads have taken the freedom it offers to a whole new level.

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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.

Fast-moving startups keep it lean

There’s plenty of talk in investment circles about the startup sector, but no singular, clear definition of what a ‘startup’ actually is.

DIY software solutions work best

Having the technical skills to develop software in-house is a key point of difference for successful startups.

Pushing the button on product development

Software product management is not the same as software project management, and the sooner startup founders understand this, the better.