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How Community professionals in the Australian startup ecosystem can make the biggest impact.

It’s got nothing to do with the weather. Plenty of smart people here so that isn’t it. And it’s not that a nation of convicts, indigenous people and immigrants can’t be resourceful. “Innovation” is the hot word on everyone’s lips and we’re all trying to figure out how to make it happen and wondering why Australia can’t just be more like Silicon Valley. We spent the last 30 years digging shit out of the ground and now we want an economy driven by science and technology, but the hard truth is that after burning through the nation’s wealth with relatively little investment in the sector, it’s going to take some time. The good news is that we can learn from our brothers and sisters across the Pacific and look at how Community professionals are building Startup ecosystems and how we can fast track a lot of the progress we spent so many years avoiding with our heads buried in mine shafts / quarries / etc.

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Young Henrys Small World 2014

Amongst a million other things that happened this year, I produced a street festival for Young Henrys called Small World. We had a tonne of great bands on including Tumbleweed, The Snowdroppers, Little Bastard, Bloods and Richard In Your Mind. Food provided by Porteno, Marys, Bloodwood and Cornersmith. Photos below for brevity

Rubens Album 2 in Byron Bay / NYC

The second record is always difficult. You spent the whole last album cycle building your audience up and working your ass off to establish yourself. Then when it’s all done you have to take at least 12 – 18 months off to write, record and release your next album. You need to be progressive and move forward, but you can’t go too far or you’ll alienate your existing audience. Write the same record and you’ll be criticised for being too one dimensional. You’ve also got a full team around you including labels, managers, agents, publishers and more. These teams are hopefully set up globally and now they’re all relying on you to deliver an income for them. The pressure is extreme to say the least. This is a collection of photos from the pre-production and recording phase of The Rubens second record. Pre-production took place in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. Recording was in New York City at Avatar Studios.

Brewery Upgrade – Brutus 20 – 2 Vessel Countertop Electric Brewery

I recently upgraded my brewery. Previously I was ghetto to the max with just a pot and a bag. Now I’ve got myself a version of the Brutus 20, a counter top, 2 vessel electric system. I based my build on this one. I’m really only posting my build here in order to document it, Jeff Karpinski’s plans and equipment list were really good. I’ll not go far beyond that except to include some of the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. I’m not a “handy guy” by any means so this might really only be useful for folks who have some solid man skills, but are still figuring out how to convert metric to imperial. Firstly some photos and what it is: Tools you will need Variable speed drill, don’t use a battery operated one A file suitable for round edges A hack saw (for trimming your bits down ie. nipples and what not). Cable cutters Pliers 2 x Adjustable wrenches, really big ones (to tighten everything up). Parts list – You can find a comprehensive parts

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Head of Community at Blackbird Ventures. Festival Director of Sydney Craft Beer Week. Homebrewer. Family man. Former Artist Manager / Founder at (The Rubens, Cloud Control, Urthboy, Winterbourne and more).

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