The changing landscape of the Australian tech scene
Melbourne, Australia - 26 August 2016 - The past 10 years have seen the birth of Twitter, iPhones and Spotify. Startup founders such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs have inspired a generation of entrepreneurs hungry to leave their mark on the tech scene.
In Sydney in 2006, the tech scene was a vastly different place. It was here that Envato Co-founders Collis and Cyan Ta'eed and Jun Rung launched their first digital marketplace, ActiveDen.
If there was a tech startup scene we didn't know we were apart of it! It's become much more fashionable since then.
So 'green' about the startup scene were the founders, that when Collis was the keynote speaker at a lean startup conference several years into running the business, he didn't know what a lean startup was.
In the 10 years since Envato’s first product launch, both the business and the startup scene have changed immeasurably. Envato has paid over $400 million in earnings to its global community. The founders cite more accessibility to funding, a far bigger educational scene, and more formal education around entrepreneurship in general as being major changes for todays emerging startups.
With these advancements comes a more competitive landscape for businesses, as well as greater competition for talent. "The flipside is that people know who we are and want to work for us!" says Collis.
The benefit of being in business for 10 years has allowed Envato to lead in a number of areas within the wider industry. These include advocating for greater diversity, and being awarded Coolest Workplace for Women in 2015.
In addition to increased diversity, over the next 10 years Collis and Cyan would like to continue seeing changes within the tech industry in Australia. Starting with greater entrepreneurship training and education for young people from school age onwards.
There should be more tech startups founded by more diverse people solving more diverse problems.
Collis says more grants and government support for startups would also be welcome in the future.
Envato is actually an export business, our customer base is only 4% Australian. We bring in tens of millions of dollars to the local economy as well as creating jobs.
With better education and training available to all Australians, we will continue to see startups such as Envato thrive on a global scale.
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What Is Envato?
Founded in 2006, Envato is the world’s leading community for creative assets and creative people.
A community of more than ten million people worldwide buy and sell creative assets on Envato Market with total community earnings exceeding $750 million. Millions of students have taken video courses and free tutorials on the Envato Tuts+ education network and Envato Studio connects people with hand picked freelancers to complete their creative projects. Envato Elements is a subscription service with millions of ready-to-use graphic templates, fonts and assets available for unlimited download.