A few weeks back I posted about SmartCompany's list of the Hot 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs in Australia which I helped to develop. Australian Anthill's complete list of its 30 under 30 has now been published (I didn't play any part in selecting this one though). There's not a lot of crossover between the two lists (with the exceptions of Zoe Warne, Robert Castenada, and Leon Hayes), which perhaps reflects the different reaches of the two publications, and the different methodologies used for selection. Both show a fascinating cross section of Australia's young entrepreneurial talent, and demonstrate the fact that being young is no barrier to being successful, especially when it comes to not being constrained by traditional thinking and having the energy to pick yourself up again when you fall.
This year's list of the best young entrepreneurs aged 30 or less is now online at SmartCompany. I was responsible for finding about half of them this year (not saying which ones tho ...). A few repeats from last year, but quite a few new entries, particularly from companies in the digital sector, such as Hard Hat, Native Digital and SmartPath. If you think you should ahve been on there but weren't, remind me again in about 9 months time ... You can check out the full list by clicking here.
A recent column for Australian Anthill magazine just popped up in Google alerts, this one looking at the US company Adobe and its seemingly unassailable position as the leader in online multimedia content technology. The company is all too aware of history and the potential for all great market dominators to fall from grace ... so this column looks at some of the ways the company is striving to ensure that it doesn't lose its position in the face of increasing competition from Microsoft. You can read all about it by clicking here.
Interesting article picked up in SmartCompany today that showed my home town of Melbourne to be the world's third-most entrepreneurial city, ahead of my adopted home of Sydney, which rated sixth. But when you found a city on the flat marshy plains just north of one of the world's most boring bodies of water, you have to be innovative ... The survey looked at 27 OECD cities, and let's not mention that Auckland came in at number one. Anyway, you can read the full story in SmartCompany by clicking here.
There are no fixed rules to success as an entrepreneur, and there is also a certain consideration for what might be called fortuitous timing (otherwise known as luck). Over the last decade I've been able to speak to many of Australia's successful entrepreneurs, from within the realms of the technology industries and beyond, and found however that there are many similarities in their stories. This feature from SmartCompany seeks to distill some of the key secrets to their success, and you can read about them here.
While putting this story together I also gathered a lot of additional information that I wasn't able to include. So I thought rather than keep it to myself, over the next week or so I'll be posting the raw content up as a series of entries marked "More secrets from our successful digital entrepreneurs". I hope that they prove useful ...