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Red Herring: Top 100 Companies (Asia)


I saw that Red Herring has this list of companies worth investing in – around 200 entrepreneurs across Asia.

Congratulations to this year’s carefully selected 200 finalists. For 10 years, Red Herring’s editorial team has diligently surveyed entrepreneurship around the globe. Technology industry executives, investors, and observers have regarded the Red Herring 100 lists as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocate the promising startups that will lead the next wave of disruption and innovation.

So, as all of ’em are in alphabetical order, I thought I’d pull out the Australian ones from the Top 100. I thought it might be an interesting thing to do…:

Amethon Solutions
Amethon Solutions is a private Australian company specialising in Mobile Analytics solutions for the telecommunications industry.
CALUMO Labs (SPF)
Business Intelligence and Performance Management through Insight, Integration and Collaboration. A comprehensive Corporate Performance Management (CPM) suite in a single product and architecture powered by Microsoft SQL Server – Analysis Services.
PCT Filer
Global patent filing company
Red Oxygen
Established in Australia in 2001, Red Oxygen is one of the world’s leading developers and distributors of enterprise SMS software applications and services.

and the Australian ones from the top 200 finalists:

CyTrack Technologies
Telephony and call centre comms software
NetPriva
NetPriva is a software solution to ensure that each important business application on your wide area network such as ERP, CRM, Citrix, VoIP, and Video has the guaranteed bandwidth and priority it requires to deliver consistent application response to users anywhere in all size remote offices, branch offices, and home offices.
yeahpoint Pte Ltd
Yeahpoint solutions are interactive AV devices placed at the point of product with a view to engage consumers, and influence their decision and buying habits at that point.

… but I was wrong. Totally unsexy products and services. Oh I’m sure they are very worthy. Just not very interesting to me. Sorry to have just wasted 2 minutes 57 seconds of your life 😛 C’mon, move along, nothing to see here.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

7 thoughts on “Red Herring: Top 100 Companies (Asia)

  1. Hi Lauren,

    Happy to have a chat to you about what we do and why we won an award. I think you will find our stuff sexier than you think!

    Cheers,

    Michael Stone
    CEO – Amethon Solutions

  2. Deal! I’m giving a presentation at the end of Sep to 500 Web 2.0 types at WebDirections on social networks and mobiles. I need someone to tell me what to say – I’m notoriously lazy – and monitoring how the great unwashed move around mobile online communities would be a good start. Out of all the Red Herring companies, yours was the sexiest BTW. I’m not just saying that… 😀

  3. hi laurel

    someone has to do the unsexy stuff. btw, i think calumo’s AFL ladder is a pretty sexy/fun example of visualization dashboards they offer to corporate customers … but only if you like AFL;-)
    http://www.calumo.com/blog/2007/07/30/ExecutiveDashboardsPresentationclassReports.aspx

    AFL Fan

  4. Aaaaah. I get it now! Even tho I don’t follow sport, it’s a widgety thing to make things clear. Uhoh. Richmond aren’t doing well, are they? 🙁

    You should have anexample like that one, on the home page – just because its a business service doesn’t mean you can’t make it cool. 😛

  5. The problem with “sexy” stuff is that it’s often short-term fizz instead of long-term core value — the stuff that generates newspaper headlines and VC surge.

    I like to compare this Internet Age thing with the rise of railways and the telegraph – same thing, building global networks with new technology. My favourite example is Westinghouse…

    The newspapers focused on the massive speculation in new rail lines, property developments along those lines, fortunes rising and falling overnight etc. But meanwhile a little-known engineer called George Westinghouse was working with compressed air.

    Very un-sexy.

    The railways were built with fast profits in mind, not safety – just like the Internet’s been built with scant regard for security. So when there were the inevitable fatal crashes the legislators demanded that all trains be fitted with fail-safe brakes – and the Westinghouse Air Brake Company was there, ready, with a patent.

    After that success George founded Westinghouse Electric Corporation – because he had the patents to Nicolai Tesla’s AC technology and the knowledge of building a reliable engineering firm just as AC electricity distribution became the norm.

    Having said all that, if I were investing in companies now I’d be looking for core items that have to appear everywhere, not surface fluff.

  6. Yeah I was just being silly. But don’t you find it odd that Red Herring should nominate only 6 Australian companies from 200 in Asia Pacific and none of them seem to be Web 2.0? If you think web 2.0 is just sexy fluff and not a fundamental change, then you won’t be surprised. But I was.

    1995 was the canals and trains. 2005 onwards is about getting those new industrial products (developments) out on the infrastructure we’ve been laying for the last ten years. Yes there’s still stuff to be done and I have no doubt these companies are worthy of investment. But “disruptive”…?

    If one is risk averse, stick with Web 1.0 technologies. If one is interested in the “next wave of disruption and innovation” then we need to see more Web 2.0 stuff.

    We are in agreement, just not discussing the same things. I think. 🙂

  7. Oh Laurel, I didn’t realise you equated Web 2.0 = sexy. 😉 But then Red Herring did say “disruption and innovation”.

    Yes, we’re in “furious agreement”. And I love every minute of it.

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