Startups give you something no employer can, a journey. The Founder's Journey will be an engaging conversation with successful entrepreneurs who have started from scratch, built up a business and exited (sold or taken a business public).
We'll look at every stage of their journey, from start to end in what will be a fun night of insights and stories.
Founder's Journery is our hallmark event as part of the Startup Journey track. This event location is kindly provided by Muru-D and is sponsored by SoftLayer.
CEO & Founder of WiseTech Global
Richard founded WiseTech Global in 1994 and has been CEO and an Executive Director since then. Richard has built WiseTech Global into a leader in logistics software, now valued at over $1.5b, with a sucessful IPO on the ASX earlier in 2016.
Richard has over 30 years of experience in software development, embedded systems and business management and over 20 years of freight / logistics industry experience.
Prior to founding WiseTech Global, Richard was the managing director of Real Tech Systems Integration (a provider of computer consulting and systems integrations services) and CEO of Clear Group (a distributor of computer related equipment).
Dr Catriona Wallace
CEO & Founder at Flamingo Customer Experience Inc.
Catriona is a serial entrepreneur having founded and led a number of companies in the Customer Experience sector - Fifth Quadrant, a customer experience, strategy, research & analyst firm; ACA Research, a market research firm and The Ventura, a women entrepreneur's co-working space.
Catriona's full focus is now on leading Flamingo Customer Experience Inc, an online guided selling tool for finnancial servics based in NYC, LA and Sydney that will soon list on the ASX.
Catriona has a Phd in Organisational Behaviour Leadership and is well recognized globally having been chosen as Top 4 Best Respected People in Customer Experience, inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame, selected as one of the top Australian female entrepreneurs by Springboard Enterprises.
CEO & Co-Founder of TechSydney.
Dean has lived the founder's journey many times, having launched multiple businesses in his career. He started Australia's first group buying site Spreets in 2010 and built it up to became a market leader becfore It was acquired by Yahoo7, for around $40 million.
Since Spreets, Dean has been investing in startups through startmate.com.au and his investment company Binary Investments. He has also recently launched his fourth startup — the world's first online crowdfunding platform for commercial real estate called IconPark.com.
He has built an impressive career in business, consulting, marketing and advertising. Dean recently launched Tech Sydney – the the world's largest member-funded industry accelerator that focusses on Sydney becoming one of the best technology ecosystems in the world.
About Startup Journey Track
Startup Journey looks at the life of an entrepreneur – from the youngest entrepreneurs launching their first startup to the repeat-entrepreneurs who have made huge contributions but often go unnoticed.
Startup Journey will inspire new entrepreneurs to become ‘first-time founders’ and provide sage advice to those knee-deep growing their own ventures from entrepreneurs who have been there and done it.
Thanks to all the organisers of Startup Journey Track.