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I recently responded to a thread on the SiliconBeach email list that was looking at the issue of Australians underselling themselves and how this adversely affects their ability to get traction I the US. The post below is a slightly edited and cleaned up version.

In principle I agree with the sentiment that self-marketing is detracting from the SiliconBeach list, I reckon most people have met

Australia’s entrepreneurs have long lamented that if you really want to create a successful global technology startup that you have to leave Australia and go to Silicon Valley. It’s just too hard to do startups in Australia, they say. The market is too small, there’s no big tech companies doing real product development here (it’s just Sales and Marketing), the government doesn’t support tech startups well enough, there’s not enough venture capital, the tax structures are wrong, employees would rather get a fat pay check than equity, people here are more interested in having a great lifestyle than putting in the hard yards…. These are just a few of the excuses that have been offered as to why we don’t have a thriving tech startup scene. Well guess what? I think that the tide has turned and that Australia is about to become one of the next hotspots for startups. Let me tell you why…