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"I am a very visual person and loved the fact I finally have something that allows me to visualize the underlying DNA (if you want) of arguments. It is almost like I now have a catscan that allows me to see how students think. And with that knowledge, it is much easier to improve their thinking. I think that you have a terrific piece of

- Marcus Kreuzer, Department of Political Science, Villanova University


"Rationale is clearly a breakthrough product that has the potential to accelerate the development of sound reasoning."

- Gregory Louie, Gravelly Hill Middle School, North Carolina

"I am glad to have a product to capture my thought process in a way that is a step above just a mind map. Mind map software can capture the same thoughts, but your system organizes the thoughts in a automated way that I was looking for in a program."

- Paul Trebian, University of Phoenix


Dear Critical Thinker,

Welcome to Ratatouille, your monthly serve of RationaleTM news and tips.

It only gets Better - Rationale's new version

Been looking forward to a few new tricks? Here they come! Rationale version 1.5.4 has been unveiled. Along with a snappy new building panel layout, you'll find hide and show features, sideways layout and hyperlinks. 

Download it now - and once you've played with it, we'd love to hear what you think.

Better Business decisions - just around the corner

At Austhink, we're working away on our next toy, to be released in March. Rationale has been very successful in the academic environment; our new product has been developed specifically for use in business. Using the same kind of intuitive mapping that Rationale users love, it will help managers - from the CEO to the mailroom supervisor - make better business decisions faster. 

And who wouldn't want more rigorous, objective and collaborative decision-making as part of the culture of their company? Austhink's ground-breaking argument mapping software supports your analysis of a problem, and also helps generate a strong decision rationale so you can get others on board more easily once the decision's made.

Like to get involved? Austhink is looking for Beta testers for the new business product. Read on for details.

Beta testing set to go

Calling all existing Austhink software users - would you like a sneak peek into our new product? February 2008 is beta testing month, and your opportunity to help us road test our creation out there in the real world before release. Beta testers' feedback will be invaluable to ensure we're launching an industry-leading, up-and-running and user friendly solution.

If you'd like to participate, please contact Sally at slg@austhink.com.

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Rationale rewards for Victoria's top thinkers

At Austhink we love getting out among the young thinkers of the world! Austhink and Rationale were happy to be sponsors of the Social Science category in the Victorian Tournament of Minds competition in 2007.

Congratulations to the team from Irymple Secondary College, Mildura, who walked away with the prize of Rationale licences for their school. We're looking forward to sponsoring the tournament again this year.


 Austhink's Sarah Booton presents the team from Irymple Secondary College with their prize

International investors get on board with second round funding for Austhink

The team at Austhink is delighted to welcome our first international investors as part of second-round funding, which closed in November. The AU$4.1 million raised from venture capitalist funds and new investors exceeded our original targets.

Our first-round funding, raised in 2005, went towards product development for Rationale. This time, the focus is on getting our business decision-making support tool to market; development of international sales and marketing; and designing a web-based version of our products. 

It's an exciting time for the company. "Austhink has met all major milestones in its business plan and has already sold licences to a wide range of leading organisations," said Dr Tim van Gelder, our CEO.

The Rationale customer base includes large corporates, major universities in Australia, Europe and North America, and American and Australian Federal Agencies.

Austhink is moving

We're growing... growing right out of our home in Carlton. So in late January, Austhink is relocating to new offices in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. More space, and what a view!

The new address will be Level 9, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia. 




André Yngve Carmody: Art Director

André joined the team at Austhink just before Christmas. He has design experience in lots of different areas, including packaging, corporate
identity development, web site design, direct marketing and corporate
literature, and he's already busy making Austhink's products look fabulous.

In his spare time he likes to play classical guitar and learn about
Audio Valve technology.

Thanks for spending a bit of time with us. As always, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.


The Team at Austhink Software


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