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New report names the top 50 startups in A/NZ

The top 50 startups in A/NZ have been named in the inaugural Tech Pioneers Report prepared by Venture capital firm, H2 Ventures, with the support of specialist lender and asset manager, Investec Australia.

Telstra launches Cloud Gateway

Telstra has announced a major Cloud play - Cloud Gateway, a solution it says is for businesses who need to simply and securely connect to multiple Cloud environments.

IN PICTURES: Distribution Central over the years - a tribute (+70 photos)

The Distribution Central history goes back to when it was founded in 1992 as Firewall Systems, an IT security services provider. The company was acquired by Scott Frew and Nick Verykios in 2004, with Frew founding LAN Systems - now Westcon-Comstor - and both founding 1World Systems and Micro Networks. ​​This slideshow pays tribute to DC over the years, its co-founders, and the people that have graced both it and Frew and Verykios' associated companies. So here's some some DC party meltdowns plus plenty of history.

IN PICTURES: Four years of DC Delirium - Were you delirious?

A glorious part of the channel's history has been the parties thrown by companies associated with Distribution Central bosses Scott Frew and Nick Verykios. Most notable were the LAN Lunacy (LAN Systems was an associated company of Nick Verykios and Scott Frew which set the standard for all out parties) and DC Delirium parties. This slideshow takes highlights from four years of the latter from 2011-2014. The parties were as follows: 2011: It was back to the 1920s with burlesque dancers and entertainment from three bands including The Potbelleez at DC's inaugural channel party at the Arthouse Hotel in Sydney. 2012: Held at Simmer on the Bay, Sydney. DC's partners let their hair down and partied to disco-style music amidst drinks and canapes. 2013: DC's annual party was held at Sydney's The Star Casino, in the Boom Box Marquee Bar. 2014: The fourth DC Delirium Distribution had a Carnivale L’Obscurite theme. Entertainment was delivered by The White Tree Band with a fortune teller seeing into the future of guests, along with contortionist and Rolla Bolla performances.

Distribution Central acquired: Arrow's corporate run down

Through a network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries, Arrow brings electronics and enterprise computing solutions to industrial and commercial markets, and specialises in redeploying, remarketing and recycling technology equipment.

Dream your own dream - the Nick Verykios story

<i>2012 ARN Hall of Fame inductee, Nick Verykios, is a rock’n’roll survivor, poet, Buddhist and philanthropist, as well as co-founder of the $250 million Distribution Central. This is his story.</i>

Distribution Central acquired: All you need to know about Arrow

​Arrow Electronics was founded in 1935 when a retail store named Arrow Radio opened on Cortlandt Street in the heart of lower Manhattan’s “Radio Row”, the birthplace of electronics distribution. Arrow Radio, established by Maurice (“Murray”) Goldberg, sold used radios and radio parts to retail customers. Other industry pioneers with businesses nearby were Charles Avnet and Seymour Schweber.