Since my last post I have spent a couple of breakfasts and evenings attending networking events around Sydney where Six Degrees Of Data (6DD) is based.
I never realized how vibrant this city is - it's full of interesting people doing an amazing range of entrepreneurial things. I'm beginning to wonder if I have been asleep for the last couple of years.
Here are a few of the events and organisations I'm talking about:
- HUB Sydney - the newly opened local offshoot of the global network of shared offices/innovation communities.
- Fishburners - the co-working space and innovation community. They hold weekly get togethers each Thursday morning and these attract quite a crowd.
- Your Desk - around the corner from my day job in Surry Hills.
Then there are the likes of BlueChilli, Startmate, Bizspark, Pollenizer, the Sydney Seed Fund and others who may prove that the Australian venture capital industry is not avoiding tech start-ups as they have done in the past.
Of course our Silicon Beach is still just a handful of sand when you compare it to the networks and dynamism of Silicon Valley. At least we seem to be in the game and it's nice to know that 6DD is not alone.
A lifetime ago (or so it seems) I founded a company with an office in Los Altos, just down the road from Stanford. That's another story for another time, but the funny thing was that at that time I opted to put our HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. To my delight the idea worked and I was able to attract a lot of talented people. Part of the attraction for them was living in an amazing city like Amsterdam. One thing you can say about the Valley is that it is not the most environmentally attractive place to live - some would say most places in the Valley are pretty ugly. Amsterdam is beautiful, dynamic and fascinating.
So I'm hoping that the same will apply in Sydney and when we reach the next stage of expansion, Sydney will be the cherry on the top when we are competing for talent against dozen's of other start-ups.
The Surf is up at the Silicon Beach!