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ANZA Technology Newsletter

ANZA Technology Newsletter


Are You Ready to Fast Track Your Business in the US or China?

You've probably been reading all the press about the Australian startup scene and its explosive growth over the last few years. In particular, you're probably seeing how many of those young companies are heading to Silicon Valley in search of venture capital and you've heard their success stories.

And, you may be wondering how an established business like your own can get in on the action - without jeopardizing current customers and commitments in Australia.

ANZA Technology Network's Fast Track program is designed for companies like yours. We work with established entrepreneurs and CEOs who know their home market inside out and are ready to accelerate into a new market. Those who are committed to bringing their unique talents to the US or China and just need a little help navigating the huge opportunities.

We match our Fast Track companies with mentors, like Mark B. Johnson and Jon Baer, who many of you met with when they traveled with me to Sydney and Melbourne this year.

Mark and Jon and ANZA's other experienced mentors know that no two companies are alike, so they work with you to tailor the Fast Track program to the specific needs of your business and to get you results in an accelerated timeline that minimizes risks and maximizes rewards.

Don't miss out on the access to funding, new customers and partnership opportunities that can catapult your business into the US or China market. Contact me today to discuss how ANZA's Fast Track program can make you and your business the next global success story.

Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network
Are you visiting Silicon Valley this month? Book a meeting with us at our San Francisco office. Email Viki at today to discuss your business expansion plans.

In Shanghai or Beijing? We can meet with you in October to discuss your China business acceleration plans. Email Viki at


Congratulations to Jindou Lee and his company Happy Inspector, who just exited the Startmate program and raised a round of seed funding. Says Jindou, "ANZA opened my eyes to the amazing opportunity and ecosystem Silicon Valley has to offer. We've recently managed to raise our seed round from a host of amazing investors including Dave McClure's 500 Startups. Now it's back to business!"

Congratulations to ANZA mentor Sheryle Bolton, who was named CEO of Sally Ride Science in August. Sally Ride Science is a science education company focused on igniting interest in science and science careers. The company was founded by the late astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. In this role, Sheryle, an experienced corporate executive and business-strategy consultant, will put to use her years of experience in the public and private sectors, as well as her acute understanding of the education market.

The Curicon team, pictured here from left to right: John Fitzgerald (CTO), Kerrie O'Callaghan (head of communications), Matt Byrne (CEO), Aimee Palk (product manager), Glenn O'Sullivan (COO), are documenting their road to Silicon Valley in a multi-part series in the Sydney Morning Herald. Follow their journey here.

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ANZA MENTORS are entrepreneurs who have built globally competitive businesses -from startup to successful exit. They have taken products to market, raised capital, built high-performing teams; they have been on both sides of the board table and the investment table and they have M&A and IPO experience. They bring all this talent and experience to ANZA's services when they engage with ANZA to mentor our clients.

ANZA MEMBERS, DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR HANDLERY HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO. ANZA has negotiated an accommodation discount deal for our members traveling to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Click here to book discounted room nights at the Handlery Hotel, located in Union Square, downtown San Francisco. Close to SOMA, rental car agencies and public transportation for easy access to Silicon Valley.

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Visit our calendar to see a comprehensive list of upcoming events of interest to entrepreneurs and tech industry insiders in the US, Australia, China and more.

- Victorian Companies: Victorian companies looking to do business in the US or China are eligible for the Victorian government's Department of Business and Innovation's Fast Track program provided by ANZA. Click here for more details.

- Market Research: ANZA takes a very practical approach to market research beginning with a thorough understanding of your company's needs and objectives. We then combine our own market research resources (developed over the past 10 years) with our team of in-market mentors to deliver detailed market research to you. Contact ANZA CEO Viki Forrest for more information.

- Business Matching: ANZA leverages our proprietary database of over 5,000 members to provide a superior business matching service across all technology industries in the US and China. These introductions are based on the trusted and personal networks of ANZA's mentors. Before you embark on a business trip to the US or China, ANZA will work with you to understand the purpose of your trip, identify key objectives and desired outcomes and organize a series of business meetings aligned with your travel schedule. Contact ANZA CEO Viki Forrest for more information.

- Fast Tracking: Your business accelerator into the US or China market. Time to market is a top-priority for all CEOs. ANZA has developed Fast Track with this in mind. With the right connections and a laser-sharp focus, Fast Track reduces the costs and risks associated with expanding your business into the US or China. Whether it is raising capital, finding distributors or securing new customers, ANZA has the network of experts to work with you to accelerate your success. Contact ANZA CEO Viki Forrest for more information.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 - Sydney, NSW. SydStart. Get your early-bird tickets now to the 4th SydStart - a tech startup event. More than 1,000 attendees and high-profile speakers are expected to attend pitches and demo hall expo. Click here for more details.

OCTOBER 10, 2012 - Sydney, NSW. TiECON Sydney. Engage with an impressive lineup of entrepreneurs, investors, educators and leaders of the local ecosystem to develop new insights at a national conference from TiE, the world's largest not-for-profit entrepreneur network. ANZA members who register prior to September 30 can receive a 10% discount. Be sure to indicate "ANZA" as your affiliation for the discount price when you click here to register.

OCTOBER 23, 2012 - Sydney, NSW. Tech23 holds its fourth annual showcase of up-and-coming Australian technology companies. Don't miss this gathering of more than 400 entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and senior technology executives. Click here for details and registration.

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Do you have an upcoming event of interest to share with more than 5,000+ ANZA TechNet members? Would your organization like to partner or form an affiliate relationship with ANZA to more rapidly realize sustainable global commercialization goals? Send your event listing to For partnership and affiliate information, contact ANZA CEO Viki Forrest at


Australia's ABC News Foreign Correspondent takes a look at Silicon Valley and the influence Australians are having on its current climate in a 30-minute segment, "Revenge of the Nerds". Click on the image to access the video.

ABC News Foreign Correspondent segment takes a look at the Australian influence in Silicon Valley.

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ANZA. Innovation Rewarded.

See our Calendar for upcoming events near you. Many are free or include discount codes for ANZA TechNet members.

Join the ANZA Technology Network on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter at @anzatechnet.

And - as always - keep up with relevant industry news, announcements and opinions as they relate to Australia, New Zealand, the US and China doing business together in Silicon Valley and beyond on the ANZA Technology Network blog.
Do you have an upcoming event of interest to entrepreneurs, investors, tech execs and service providers working with companies in the US, Australia, New Zealand or Asia?

Send details to us at and we will add it to the ANZA TechNet calendar on our website. ANZA now has 5,500+ members worldwide.


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