I’m very proud of the level of commitment to community I see in the Australian tech startup community, perhaps more proud of that than I am of any other aspect of how Australia’s tech startup industry ranks against similar communities overseas.

Relatively speaking, I think our tech startup community is prepared to invest more time in bootstrapping itself and Australia than any other industry I know. We don’t have a lot of money to put behind our efforts but that’s because most of us don’t have a lot of money, full-stop.

At BlueChilli we have no marketing, PR, advertising or public affairs budget whatsoever. Not a cent. So like Blackbird, we use what we have — invite others in to use our event spaces, boardrooms and meeting rooms when we’re not using them, in Sydney, Melbourne and as of this week, Brisbane; send out our advisors to participate in panels, workshops, hackathons and conferences; squeeze in time for a blog post when we can; and promote other worthwhile startup events through our social and email channels.

Blackbird’s Sunrise conference is one of the most useful things in our local industry for players new and old. While Sunrise remains fairly cost-neutral-or-only-slightly-costly (pray it doesn’t go all Sydstart on us someday) I’m stoked that I’m investing in a venture fund which is smart enough to find lean and effective ways to grow the long-term value of the ecosystem with no impact on the value of the Blackbird portfolio.

See you again at FIRST Robotics Rick Baker! :)

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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