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Hot Wheels: A growing list of Melbourne Food Trucks

Melbourne is going through a bit of a love affair with dining al-van-o. Following an explosion in the concept that began making waves in LA a few years, Melburnians now know to scan Twitter to find the best options for cheap, tasty, quality roadside meals. This is an ongoing list of a few of my favourites: 1) Beatbox Kitchen It […]

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My own little startup!

Sometime in the next couple of weeks you’ll be hearing a little about my first startup, PresentPod.com . Briefly, the concept of our site is around making it easy to track all the cool stuff you find on the internet and share those finds with friends. It has been an awesome experience seeing the site come together […]

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The A-Z of SXSW 2012 (a beginners guide)

So you’re considering attending SXSW. Awesome. I had my first experience of this melting pot of cutting edge start-ups, countless bands, good ol’ fashioned Texas BBQ and handguns earlier in the year and I can’t wait to get back for another go. Time to drop any preconceptions, decide on your badge, bock some flights, and […]

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AMPlify: Lending and the Social Graph

Earlier today AMPlify (a thought-leadership conference currently underway in Sydney) hosted Venessa Miemis to discuss the future of money and the position of Facebook credits as an emergent global virtual currency. During her enlightening session, Vanessa briefly touched on the topic of leveraging the Social Graph to help build more reliable and meaningful credit scores. […]

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From whiteboard to working prototype. How a startup takes shape!

Following on from last weeks post on the Launch48 experience I thought I might share some visuals of the process from whiteboard, to wireframe, to working prototype during the development of the we.teach.us web app. Initial Sketches Under the Launch48 model our designers didn’t have the luxury of a detailed requirements document or style book to […]

"I've worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate's distribution of long straws is wildly capricious. -Warren Buffet: My Philanthropic Pledge 2010

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about Social Media, Innovation, Customer Experience, Food, Work, and whatever else comes into my head. The views published are my own - only because no employer would ever lay claim my incoherent ramblings.

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Qantas Club lounge access for CHEAP!

I just came across a VERY attractive offer for anyone with overseas trip coming up. Qantas provides access to a number of lounges locally and internationally. These are great when you’ve got a few hours to spend in the airport, and generally offer a more comfortable environment, free food and booze, and even showers if […]

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Around the World for $150

Exchanging Qantas Frequent Flyer points for actual flights can be a notoriously difficult task. While there are great bargains to be had, getting the most value out of your points requires a lot of time and patience as you start comparing Classic vs Points Plus Pay, navigate deals under partner sites, and weigh up the […]

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Hot stocks for 2013 – Jumbo Interactive

With less than a month to go, I believe 2012 will linger in many investors’ memories as the year things finally started to turn around. After 5 years of generally disappointing post-GFC returns, the market had to endure more troubling mid-year volatility courtesy of our friend in the Eurozone. Months later, when Greece and its compatriots finally looked like […]

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Launch48 – May 2012 – Still launching

So you want to launch a startup, but don’t have a team, the technical know-how, or even a clue about where to start? Don’t worry! Now, thanks to Launch 48, it’s easy to build your idea into something amazing. Launch 48 provides a place for Zuckerberg-wannabes to link up with like-minded co-founders to dive into the […]

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Picking up by the roadside (or, even more Melbourne food trucks)

So you’ve had a crack at the deliciousness of Part 1 of my Food Truck Odyssey and you’re still hungry?! Some people are never pleased. Fine, here’s four more awesome Melbourne Food Truck Trucks to satisfy those curb-side cravings. 5) Grub Food Van What do you do when dreams of converting an unloved vacant block in the heart […]

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The curious case for Chalice Gold Mines (or psssst: want a 60% ‘guaranteed’ return?)

In case you’ve missed the the news out of Greece, China and the Pilbra this week, the sky is most definitely falling. Following continued volatility out of the Eurozone, global investment markets are experiencing a massive contraction, and everyone is losing their life savings. Again. True, it’s all very much doom and gloom right now, but it’s […]

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iKill – The true cost of Apple products

Great infographic from OnlineMBAPrograms.com on the true impact your purchase of an iPhone has on some of the lowest paid workers in the world. Created by: OnlineMBAPrograms.org

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…so I started a Bitcoin hedge fund

Over the past couple of months I’ve been toying with a new approach to currency, called Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a decentralized electronic cash system using peer-to-peer networking, digital signatures and cryptographic proof to enable irreversible payments between parties without relying on trust. Payments are made in bitcoins, a digital currency issued and transferred by the […]

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Long Straws is the personal blog of Stephen Colman.

The views represented here are mine and should not be considered representative of my employers.

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