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Dinner 2.0

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting another Dinner 2.0 at Cafe Pacifico in Sydney’s east — with almost 30 people it was the biggest event yet.

Another great night of entrepreneurial talk, mexican food and tequila. Thanks to everyone who attended.


  • Mike Cannon-Brookes retired — he’s done it all now hasn’t he?
  • Dave from Freshview forgot his surfboard.
  • Rob and Nick were back-patted on the launch of 3eep — an aussie sports social network based on sports. Congrats guys.
  • Mike Zimmerman came in a tuxedo just to spite me.
  • Nick played dodge the monkey on whether Zookoda had been sold. But he’s a VC now, so what do you expect.
  • Alan Noble from Google finally confirmed that Aussies are indeed smarter, better looking and more geeky than their Silicon Valley counterparts. Thank god that’s finally been put to bed.

Lots of photos up here (thanks Mick).

The StayersRob and DebraMCB Chillin'Tim, Mick and PWCRory and Co, Peter and Rob

Looking forward to the next one.


Dinner 2.0 October

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting another Dinner 2.0 in Sydney. Once again it was a terrific night with a great bunch of people in the ‘next web’ scene in Sydney.

Some great conversation around the current state of the industry, especially on the recent Bulletin article and the supposedly poor state of web 2.0 VC in Australia – Mike Zimmerman notably said he was misquoted in the article – and of course, more on the YouTube acquisition and what it means for the ‘bubble’ talk.

Yorke Hinds gave an update on Zookoda’s progress towards a sale (22 interested parties, 3-4 very serious bidders); negotiations underway. Chris from Smoothbudget discovered a whole new world. Remember The Milk forgot to come – actually that’s not fair, Omar ended up in hospital, but thankfully it wasn’t too serious. Alistair Smith had some great stories of wild patents he’s been approached about, including: a teleport device (only worked if you walked into it though), a dancing blow-up doll and tracking diseases using missile guidance systems (this one is actually pretty serious).

Everybody else managed a healthy consumption of steak and beer. Our only serious issue now: no girls! Damn I hate IT for that.

Attending last night was:

  • Phong Mai (Tangler)
  • Alex von Kotze (Tangler)
  • Andrew Joyner (Dot Communications)
  • Peter Crowe (Quotify)
  • Mike Zimmerman (Tech Venture Partners)
  • Marc Woodward (NEO)
  • Nick Gonios (
  • Yorke Hindes (Zookoda)
  • Randal Leeb-du Toit (NICTA)
  • Craig Baker (Tangler)
  • Rory Brennan (Dot Communications)
  • Michael Liubinskas (Tangler)
  • Alisdair Faulkner (NICTA)
  • Alistair Smith (Davies Collison Cave)
  • Chris Hulbert (Smothbudget)
  • Erik Miller (Tangler)
  • Rhandy Lado (Tangler)

All the photos are available over here.

Dinner 2.02


Dinner 2.0 is a Sydney event designed to bring together people involved in local ‘next web’ companies.


Another one was held tonight and with some slightly too expensive [but very nice] food, alcohol, VCs, startups, consultants, and a location like the Centennial Hotel, you get a great setting for 3-4 hours of chatter on all things next web. Another great night with some fantastic people.


Thanks to everyone who attended. I was repeatedly told people had a great time, so I’m obliged to believe them! Next one should be late October, bigger and better. Maybe I’ll organize some startup demos (hmm… a Tangler preview perhaps…)


Attendees (which grew rather suddenly on me when everybody called at the last minute to ‘just squeeze in a friend’):


  • Peter Crowe (Quotify)
  • Marc Woodward (Neo Technology Partners)
  • Vivian Stewart (Hall Capital)
  • Kerry Pynor (TMD)
  • Rhandy Lado (Tangler)
  • Yorke Hindes (Zookoda)
  • Mike Cannon-Brookes (Atlassian)
  • Michael Liubinskas (Zapr)
  • Mike Zimmerman (Technology Venture Partners)
  • Nick McNaughton (Zookoda)
  • Timothy Hughes (netus)
  • Paul McCarney (Quotify)
  • Jeff Cotter (Simurban)
  • Craig Baker (Tangler)
  • Alex von Kotze (Tangler)
  • Ben Hamey (Simurban)


All the photos are here.