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Australian Startups Invade Southern California

In what appears to be an unprecedented surge of Australian companies setting up shop in Southern California's Silicon Beach, a surprising number of Australian startups have set up operations in Southern California over the last year. Australia--known for its own version of the tech industry, also called the Silicon Beach--has at least six companies which have opened up offices across the region in the last year, including:

Clapit (www.clapit.com) - social networking and sharing apps


Bombd (www.bombd.com) - social networking apps


Impedimed (www.impedimed.com) - medical devices


Electricitybilling.com (www.electricitybiling.com) - Internet-based utility billing services


Shoes of Prey (www.shoesofprey.com) - custom ordered shoes from the Internet


Nexus eWater (www.nexusewater.com) - water recycling and saving devices


It's unclear why there has been such a surge in companies from Australia, however, Southern California has long been a destination for companies setting up offices in the U.S., and also has a long list of technology companies with ties to such countries as the UK, China, Japan, Germany, and many other regions of the world.

Photo courtesy simone.brunozzi@flickr.


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