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I moved to Queensland from our Sydney office some 5 years ago and back then the startup eco-system was almost non-existent. In order to connect the community somewhat, I started chapters of Silicon Beach on the Gold Coast & Brisbane at the end of 2011, which has a combined community of around 2,700 members.

In a world where technology is evolving faster than we ever thought possible, augmented reality is one of the most exciting new technologies people can’t take their eyes off. It’s predicted to generate more than $120 billion in revenue by the year 2020 and we’re only at the start of that journey.

Leading innovators like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Sony, have set the precedent for the future of AR through investments and strategic moves. Imagine a world where our environment comes to life through digital layers that give relevant, contextual information in real time; digital layers that enhance our real world. AR is precisely as it is defined: an augmented, or some might argue, improved, reality that we live in.

Plattar is a cloud-based platform that comprises a template driven app builder and easy to use drag-and-drop content management system for managing AR experiences, and can deploy content to any device. Plattar operates on a SaaS subscription model, and for larger projects provides bespoke content solutions and support. This combined with a custom consulting service makes for a powerful solution to enterprise and SMB clients. Plattar are currently working with some of the leading brands in the world.

After successfully completing their seed round and securing A$1.1million last year, Plattar is looking for an experienced COO to help take them through their next growth phase.

As the COO, you’ll be responsible for everything from developing a strategy that complements the vision set by the CEO to full responsibility of the P&L and Growth metrics. You’ll be managing a team and be hands on with driving the product roadmap. This is a chance to get in on the ground floor with one of the most exciting new technologies around and help build it into a global leader in the augmented reality market.

To be successful in this role you’ll need a strong, proven background in either product, sales/marketing, operations, consulting or relevant start-up experience and used to pitching and raising capital for a business.

If you want to find out more, please apply here.

In the ever-growing and unrelenting hustle of work and life, it is more important than ever to work on the tools required to cope with stress and build mindfulness into our lives. In our line of work we come across a number of health technology products and solutions that exist to solve this problem, the most impressive to date we feel is Smiling Mind which is why we are incredibly excited to be partnering with them in a pro-bono capacity to find their next product owner.

Finding a new job can be a nerve-wracking and lengthy process. There is dating and swooning happening from both sides of the table. Candidates do their best to make a great impression and showcase their skills and expertise. Companies want candidates to believe that their company is the best place on earth to work (maybe it is), and that they have created a happy and humble environment. There is an underlying fear of rejection exhibited from candidates and companies alike. We all know how it feels to build your hopes up so high, only to have them come crashing down right in front of you. The decision to leave your old job, enter into the dating world, and hopefully settle down, doesn’t have to be a scary one.

I would like you to join me as I take you on a European Startup tour. As I am French, let’s start with France - more specifically Paris - with the aim to understand what is going on there; what the landscape looks like and most of all where would be the best place for a start up to be created, incubated, accelerated, funded and put on a sky rocket.

In future instalments we will continue the startup journey to Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and Bucharest.

Having recruited for UX for some time now, I felt the itch to head back to school to commence a 12-week part time course in the field.

It was a great feeling finishing the General Assembly UX course less than a fortnight ago, not because it was over, but because I now understand must more of the practicalities of UX and I am able to join in sense of accomplishment amongst the group. We were fortunate to learn from Lawrence So (Lead UX at nbn), and at the end of the course his comments by and large were that every single one of us had progressed in leaps and bounds from our first course presentation, through to our mid-course assessment and into our final projects.

As an Australian-owned company that now reaches across four continents, MitchelLake is proud of its roots Down Under, and excited by the talent we’ve seen come out of Australia. We’re inspired by local innovators and are continually looking for ways to boost recognition of innovation that is being created right here in Australia via our international networks and operations.