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This class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Sydney. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, ...

This class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Sydney. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more. Learn the role of key players such as Pushstart, Startmate, Fishburners, Blue Chilli, Innovation Bay, Silicon Beach, Sydney Angels, Syd Start, ATP and others.

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  • INTRODUCTION 
 TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • What is General Assembly? INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is 
 an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at nine campuses across four continents.
  • Our locations INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY “A startup is not a smaller version of a large 
 company. It’s a temporary organization designed 
 to search for a scalable business model.” –STEVE BLANK
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY TECH + [ ]
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY ‣Startups ‣Investors ‣Talent ‣Mentors ‣Partners ‣Service Providers What defines an ecosystem?
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Common misconceptions FOUNDING A COMPANY IS THE BEST WAY TO GET INVOLVED. IT’S TOO HARD TO GET “IN” OR CATCH UP. ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS TOO RISKY OF 
 A CAREER PATH. ONLY DEVELOPERS CAN GET A GOOD JOB AT STARTUPS. I JUST NEED A CODER 
 TO BUILD MY PRODUCT. WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN = GET FUNDING. WITHOUT AN NDA PEOPLE WILL STEAL MY IDEA. SILICON VALLEY IS ALL THAT MATTERS! THE LOUDEST PEOPLE ARE THE SMARTEST!
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY FOOD FOR THOUGHT
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Help other people achieve their goals and aspirations. Generate karma. Bring people together. Give back. To a certain extent, we’re all in this together. Give back to the community
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills. Try your hand at building something — anything — and share it with people. Think about how to best position your abilities & interests. Try to become a creator, not just a thinker. Learn, practice, and participate
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY There’s no “one size fits all” experience in startup world. Think hard about what kinds of environments suit you. Vertical, company size, team culture, role, time commitment, and product are just some of the factors to consider when pursuing opportunities. What do you (really) want?
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Don’t get into the startup world because it’s cool, or because it’s an easy way to make money. (Oftentimes it’s neither.) Instead, join a startup or start something new for reasons that resonate with you on a deeper level. What will keep you going when times get tough? (They will.) It’s not all about the scene
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY You will fail. Probably multiple times. Don’t get discouraged though — this happens to everyone, and it’s what allows true innovation to happen. All successful entrepreneurs have been through tough times... but they kept building, kept learning, and eventually found success. It’s a marathon, not a sprint
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Sydney’s startup community is still young and still growing. The traditions, culture and precedents we set now will have an impact in the long-term. Celebrate the positive, and crowd out the negative. Balance ambition with humility. We all have a lot to learn from each other. The journey has just begun
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY ‣Sign up for events newsletters ‣Attend meetups, happy hours, and demo days ‣Take classes and workshops to develop your skills ‣Learn how to code/design — and then create something ‣Participate in hackathons and Startup Weekends ‣Ask for help, guidance, advice, and introductions ‣Take interesting people you meet out for coffee ‣Give constructive feedback Get involved in the community
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY ‣Make (useful) introductions to help people you meet ‣Meet new people and develop personal (not just professional) relationships with them ‣Blog about your experiences, adventures, and learnings ‣Teach a class — find a way to share with others ‣Bring new people from other industries into the fold ‣Be open-minded to new approaches and new ideas Get involved in the community
  • Notable Sydney startups INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY
  • VCs: ‣South Cross ‣One Ventures ‣Starfish ‣Right Click Capital ! ! Funds: ‣Future Capital ‣Innovation Capital ‣Black Bird ‣Optus-Innov8 ‣Sydney Seed Fund ! Angels: ‣Sydney Angels ‣Innovation Bay ‣Green Lane Digital ‣Australian Investment 
 Network ‣Individual Angels Investors INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Accelerators and Incubators The Fetch thefetch.com AngelCube angelcube.com Blue Chili bluechilli.com Founder Institute fi.co muru-D muru-d.com Startmate startmate.com.au Pollenizer (The Hive) pollenizer.com Pushstart pushstart.com.au
  • Events INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY SydStart sydstart.com Sydney Tech Startup 
 Meetup meetup.com/cities/au/ sydney/ Silicon Beach House siliconbeachaustralia.org Startup Weekend sydney.startupweekend.org
  • Find a job at a startup INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY AngelList angel.co/sydney/jobs Indeed http://au.indeed.com Silicon Beach Jobs siliconbeachaustralia.org/jobs
  • Silicon Beach Jobs siliconbeachaustralia.org/jobs Meetups INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Meetup Lean Startup 
 Sydney meetup.com/Lean- Startup-Sydney
  • Co-working spaces INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY ATP atp-innovations.com.au Fishburner fishburners.org Hub hubaustralia.com/spaces/ sydney Tank Stream Labs tankstreamlabs.com StartNest startnest.com Pollenizer (The Hive) pollenizer.com Silicon Beach House siliconbeachaustralia.org Office Space Coworking officespacecoworking.com The Workbench theworkben.ch
  • Hacker News news.ycombinator.com Startup Digest startupdigest.com Startupsmart startupsmart.com.au INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY Blogs and newsletters to read Chris Dixon cdixon.org Fred Wilson avc.com General Assembly generalassemb.ly/blog Paul Graham’s Essays paulgraham.com PAUL GRAHAM Mark Suster bothsidesofthetable.com Mumbrella mumbrella.com.au Shoe String Startups shoestring.com.au The Fetch thefetch.com TechCrunch techcrunch.com VentureBeat venturebeat.com Venture Hacks venturehacks.com
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SYDNEY STARTUP COMMUNITY THANK YOU. ‣@SydneyGA ‣generalassemb.ly ‣facebook.com/gnrlassembly