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Startup Nation: Community vs. Success in Australian tech startups

There’s a lot of buzz right now about entrepreneurship, innovation and the startup ecosystem with reports out of the US from Startup Genome ( a listing site for angels, VCs and startups by US tech clusters) and Startup Compass, (a great website with superb research and a benchmarking tool). And, we must say, we’re loving it.

After all, we’re a tech startup too and are certainly facing our own challenges in our first year. Knowing that we can reach out to the global community and sift through data to help us benchmark our progress makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially because we happen to be based in the most isolated city in the world!

While the likes of Startup Genome, AngelList and Startup Compass are doing a great job of taking a big picture look at global innovation, we want to zoom in on Australia; scrape it with a fine-tooth comb and take a close-up snapshot of our ever evolving tech startup scene.

Startup Nation

Through quarterly pulse surveys the Startup Nation project aims to create a picture of the different factors that contribute to a vibrant startup community in Australia. We’ll do this by using the Floq platform to publish and distribute simple pulse surveys to the industry, and then publish our findings through interactive maps, infographics, white papers and more.

In this first survey we’re aiming to find out how important physical communities are in supporting startups and entrepreneurship. We spend endless hours in front of computers building digital platforms, but we firmly believe the “community” is a strong determining factor in turning those ideas into awesome companies.

There is also lot of talk about how the cost of starting a digital venture is dropping drastically. You no longer have to be near the business angels and VCs of Silicon Valley or New York to build the next Instagram. You just need a few guys or gals with the drive to create something scratch and pay for the hosting fees.

But we think there’s nothing better to help get an idea out of your head than to mix with like-minded folks over a beer. So we are launching Startup Nation to see if those that do more mingling, and live in cities or suburbs that foster more random meetups, track any different. Does having a coffee with colleagues really help foster bigger ideas and better companies?

There’s a reason co-working spaces and incubators are growing like wildfire. Paul Graham and the crew at YCombinator are now betting that with great teams without any ideas can succeed. Malcom Gladwell also makes a great case for the impact of super networkers in his book Tipping Point. And I’m sure we all wonder whether we should jump ship and go to a US tech cluster like San Fransisco, where we know we’re more likelty to stumble into other awesome tech folks.

But we think some quantitative data against our theory and a map of Australia’s startup hubs by postcode, rather than LinkedIn connections or Twitter followers, would be useful.

If you read Startup Compass’ latest report Sydney and Melbourne rank #21 and #22 respectively. That’s pretty good considering the global competition, but we wonder how other Aussie cities are going and whether there are some cool hubs building up around certain postcodes like Surry Hills or Leederville.

That’s where you come in.

We can’t be in every city and meet every tech startup in the country so we need your help to gather the info. Our short survey takes only a couple of minutes to fill out but can tell us a lot about who you are, and how you have gotten to where you are. Every company is unique, and no two are going to be at the same point of development, but given enough responses we will start to get a really clear picture of where Australia is at.

After we’ve drawn together the data we’ll put out a report and create a map of the Australian tech scene. We promise it’ll be so beautiful you’ll want to print it out and hop on your bike and go visit your fellow tech stars.

We recognise the info you give us is priceless so it will forever remain anonymous, and your details will stay locked up in the Floq vault. It would be great if you’d be happy to share your name, logo and url so we can pop it on the interactive map, but of course this is entirely up to you.

We hope you see the value in our effort to create a richer map of the Australian tech scene. We’d be mighty grateful if you’d please complete the survey and then share the love by sharing the link: http://floq.co/Q0tpI

Australian Survey Nation

 

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