Stories by Adam Bender


Startups applaud death of Labor tax rules on employee share options

Australia’s startup scene has welcomed changes by the Abbott government to taxation of employee stock option plans (ESOPs) as a positive first step toward a thriving startup ecosystem.

Startups win reform in Abbott's competitiveness agenda

The Australian government will reform how employee share options are taxed to make it easier for startups to attract and retain talent, as part of a $400 million Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda unveiled today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Epic Pharmacy injects $1.5 million into Flamingo for healthcare VRM software

Epic Pharmacy has invested $1.5 million in Flamingo, an Australian developer of vendor relationship management (VRM) software.


Atlassian CEO gets why startups want to leave Australia

Atlassian founder Scott Farquhar said he would not stay in Australia if he was starting a tech company today.

US policy deters international startup emigration

Tight US immigration laws could be closing the “brain drain” of foreign startups that defect to Silicon Valley, according to startup investors Bill Tai and Lars Rasmussen.

Southern Cross University upgrades to 802.11ac wireless

Southern Cross University has tapped Huawei for a five-year project to upgrade its communications and campus security systems.

NSW govt test drives car sharing

GoGet and other car sharing companies could soon get a major new customer: the New South Wales government.


Telstra rejects Optus call for breakup

Telstra has slapped back a call by the Optus chairman to break up the top telco in Australia.

Cloud-first strategy at News Corp requires new skills

The CIO of News Limited Australia has set a goal of moving 75 per cent of the organisation’s compute into the cloud by the end of 2015.

Clipp adds 300 pubs to tab with ALH Group deal

Mobile bar tab startup Clipp has doubled its number of pubs after signing an agreement with the Australian Leisure & Hospitality (ALH) Group.

Australian mobile networks win kudos but many black spots remain

A report benchmarking the mobile networks in Australia has given high ratings to the country's three telco network operators. The report was released the same day the federal government released applications for a $100 million program that aims remedy poor mobile coverage in regional areas.

Telstra, Tata ink Indian interconnection

Telstra will expand further into India through an agreement with the telecom provider Tata Communications.


UPDATED: 4G in Australia: The state of the nation

The top three Australian carriers are spending billions upgrading their networks to high-speed 4G LTE services. Customers are just starting to see the new plans and rollout is expected to intensify through the year and well into 2013.

Industry floats TCP code revisions to reduce red tape

Communications Alliance seeks to address “information overload” for telecom customers with fresh revisions to the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) code.

Optus enterprise plans to evolve for NBN

Optus has lifted the curtain on its National Broadband Network plans for enterprise by announcing Optus Evolve voice and data services over the NBN.