Stan Beer has been involved with the IT industry for 30 years, both as a technology professional and industry commentator. After graduating with a B.Sc., majoring in electronics and computer science, Beer joined Telstra forerunner Telecom Australia as a computer systems officer.
Beer started his career as a technology journalist and commentator in 1986 with Computerworld Australia, where he was an associate editor. Since then he has worked on the staff or contributed to most of the major technology and business publications in Australia. More recent staff positions include High-Tech Correspondent for The Australian (1994-1997) and Senior Technology Journalist for The Australian Financial Review (1997-2000).
After a two-year stint as Strategy Director, Technology, at Melbourne PR firm Royce Communications, Beer returned to his long time role as a technology journalist and industry commentator. In 2002, Beer took over a regular weekly column called Chatroom at Fairfax Publications titles The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, which appeared in the technology section of both newspapers each Tuesday.
In 2004, Beer co- founded a technology news and information website called The BeerFiles. In 2005, The BeerFiles was merged with daily telecommunications email journal Exchange Alert, published by Stuart Corner, to form iTWire.