Technology entrepreneur Dr. Stephen Kirkby believes the purchase of search engine specialist Funnelback by content management company Squiz will create a globally competitive company.
Dr. Kirkby – who last year sold his web optimisation company Maxamine to global technology services firm Accenture – has played a central role in the development of Funnelback Pty Ltd since he was appointed chairman of the CSIRO spinoff company in February 2006.
Last Friday, CSIRO has announced the sale of Funnelback to Squiz. Funnelback was developed by CSIRO and the Australian National University, originally under the name of P@nopticTM.
Jungledrums, an innovative website that allows friends to recommend movies, books and restaurants via their mobiles, won the top prize at the Mega Pitch event in Adelaide last week.
South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy Michael O'Brien presented Jungledrums founder Nick Butchart with a $4000 prize for the best pitch of the day.
Mr.Butchart said taking an idea from concept to early stage development had been “an awesome journey”. “Jungledrums is a simple way of sharing opinions among your friends online as you would in real life,” he said.
“It allows friends to share opinions across a broad range of topics from the best YouTube video or Adelaide’s worst Chinese restaurant to the best city to visit in Bolivia.”
The University of Adelaide has launched its 2009 eChallenge, an entrepreneurial business planning competition that offers $50,000 in prizes.
The eChallenge (Entrepreneurs' Challenge) is open to students from any discipline at any of South Australia’s Universities, TAFE and in the broader community. Teams of between two and six people, including at least one tertiary-enrolled student in South Australia, compete in the eChallenge to develop a business plan for a new, previously unfunded concept.
Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Calvert Technologies has invested in “greening” its operations by buying a Mercedes smart car to reduce carbon emissions produced by its staff making service calls.
Calvert has purchased the Mercedes smart fourtwo coupe, powered by a new micro hybrid drive (mhd). The $25,000 car is driven by Calvert’s field technicians, who attend client sites to install new equipment and address issues that cannot be resolved remotely
Managing director Dean Calvert said the new car handled very well. “The decision to buy the smart car was driven by a beautiful blend of pragmatism and idealism,” he said.