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 world of wireframes, pivots and (hopefully) monetization. By providing attendees a loose structure to guide them on... Read More

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 of Fitzroy into a community farm, are dashed by an uncaring local council? You pick yourself up, dust... Read More

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 all started with Raph. I first heard about Raph Rashid and his Beatbox Kitchen about a year back. This dude was rolling... Read More

Launch48 Melbourne – Hacking together a webapp for fun and profit

The gang hanging out; hacking web apps. Earlier this month over 50 developers, designers, marketers, managers and entrepreneurs came together to participate in the inaugural Melbourne Launch48 event. I caught wind of Launch48 after seeing a retweet a few days following my arrival back in Melbourne from a whirlwind tour of New York, Austin, and San Fran where I was fortunate enough to meet with some very exciting people doing amazing... Read More

Tweet Eats – Melbourne Foodie Social Media Success

Photos used under CreativeCommons with thanks to Charles Haynes & Emily Oak Melbournian’s are particularly keen on a couple of thing; they love their coffee & food, but even more so, they love talking about it. Whether the experience excellent or poor, Social Media has provided a loud and clear voice to those who wish to vocialise their praise or chastise those who haven’t meet expectations. So how does small business best start... Read More

Oh God, not another Melbourne foodie’s “top” list of 2010

My nine favorite food experiences of 2010 Fear not, Longstraws isn’t turning into a food blog; I just need to think about slightly lighter content for this weeks post. King Fish Sashimi – Izakaya den Izakaya Den got their hands on more of my money than anywhere else in Melbourne during 2010. I could probably include a couple of the dishes on the menu as my favourites, but if I have to pick one, it’s going to be the kingfish sashimi.... Read More

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