Highlights from Tech 23

Had a great time at Tech23. Caught up with some of the people I met last year and a lot of new people… had 11 meetings starting 7.30am!

Here we go:

  • First up at brekky met Ryan Junee a young fellow who has successfully sold his business to Google.. power to him
  • Bit of circulating talking to a few of the guys that will be presenting to my panel later in the day then…
  • 10am Peter Fox, the guy who turned Home and Garden into a web aware TV/ Magazine show and I discussed a new technology to allow kludging of online video into other projects and tracking royalties and rights at the same time… that was fun…
  • 11am met with Bill Bartee from Southern Cross Ventures. What an open enthusiastic gentleman.I’m looking forward to matching his funds needs in the future and having him up to Byron for a visit.
  • 12 noon. Steve Berry - Global Head of Business Management at Macquarie Bank also old mate and friend caught up.. talking about one time use credit cards, a new transaction model for credit cards and some other interesting stuff over a bit of lunch… it was great to see him…
  • 10 minutes with the NICTA Automap people… shape recognition for street signs and sending geo info to the online map people…
  • Then a quick session with the other panel members including the head of strategic investments for Intel… just to square away how we were going to run the panel…
  • Then the panel….
    BiNu was really cool… a great technology for speeding up internet usage on basic/ non smart cell phones… it uses a simplified and automated process to interpret web pages for simple cell phones and then displays the page much faster… has lots of non cell applications that I hope to explore with them…
  • Next Ceebron… a way for tracking palettes of food and other perishables while in transit… really cool and very important…
  • Finally Taggle… cell phone band tracking tags for everything from cattle to water meters… definitely a great idea.
  • Then a bit of chin wagging before going off to the awards ceremony… on the way a great brained entrepreneur from ALLOVERGEO.com ran some ideas past me over a 10 minute walk… even came up with an idea for a patent!
  • Saw an old friend from my pre Uniloc days David Fox.. he and another guy started Infomagic back in the eighties… Dave turned me onto DayTimers and we used to sit around in his office playing music with his in office keyboard… they were the great early fun days of the Mac craze… it was so great seeing him again especially since he has moved to the US and was just visiting by chance….
  • Then VC Steve Hobbs visited with me and blockbuster Avatar video effects guy Steve Koury. Steve is a VC who specializes in medical applications and has some really interesting projects going.. the night just kept going and going…
  • Then the awards:
    NiBu won the day of consulting from me so I congratulated them, then returned to the two Steves to continue talking about the future of medical technology in Australia.
  • Then finally I met a visionary hedge fund manager who is looking for a way to make a difference with Australian inventors with some investments funds… what agreat way to finish a great night….

Well done Rachel and the team for a wonderfully constructive and supportive event with meaning.

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