Townsville home to sev­eral promis­ing tech start- ups


Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

THEY may be a long way from the tech hub of Sil­i­con Val­ley in Cal­i­for­nia, but that hasn’t stopped two young Townsville pro­gram­mers pur­su­ing their start- up dream.

It’s a case of third time lucky for Aden Tran­ter, 25, who, with busi­ness part­ner Zane Grant, 32, is near­ing the launch of his own tech com­pany. The pair hope to launch their web­site and ap­pcre­ation soft­ware soon.

“It started for me when I was about 15, when I got my first com­puter,” Mr Tran­ter said. “This isn’t my first time try­ing to launch a start- up, but this time I have got­ten a lot fur­ther.”

Townsville is home to a small yet promis­ing start- up scene, in­clud­ing the birth of a lo­ca­tion- based track­ing app used by Rio Tinto, and global work­place health and safety soft­ware com­pany Safe­tyCul­ture.

“There are no lim­its to be­ing in Townsville,” Mr Grant said.

The duo’s com­pany Comit Plat­forms rep­re­sented a steep learn­ing curve and count­less hours of hard work. Mr Tran­ter be­lieves fail­ure is a crit­i­cal part of the path to suc­cess.

“The hur­dles that have been re­solved by those past fail­ures have helped me to learn,” Mr Tran­ter said.

“The first time I thought I’d write the pro­gram and the buy­ers and in­vestors would come. That’s not the way it is, and learn­ing those lessons in a prac­ti­cal sense has been very ben­e­fi­cial.”

Mr Tran­ter said tech start- ups were of­ten con­fused with be­ing “the next Face­book”, but most of the time they were more like a reg­u­lar busi­ness.

While the pair even­tu­ally want to ex­pand their busi­ness, they are in it for more than a quick buck.

“There’s a per­cep­tion that you have to make it fast, and there are a bunch of start- ups that do that but they’re the very unique,” Mr Tran­ter said. “Most take a lot longer, like Net­flix, which was founded in 1997 but is only now ex­plod­ing.

“There are many that start out small, build­ing a client base and seek­ing ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist fund­ing.”

Mr Tran­ter warned any as­pir­ing techies of the hard task ahead of them.

“This isn’t some­thing that can be half- hearted – it is go­ing to con­sume you,” he said. “It’s much more than a hobby.”


LONG ROAD: Zane Grant and Aden Tran­ter run tech start- up Comit Plat­forms.

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