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The Sunrise Conference 2017
Wed. 31 May 2017, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm AEST
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They’re contrarian. They think differently. They’re often outcasts and they have the ability to just magic things into existence. At The Sunrise Conference we’re bringing together founders from some of the most successful Australian startups to tell their stories. Join Australia’s startup community, be inspired and learn what it takes to make it in it in the startup game.
The Sunrise will feature a keynote presentations and Q&A with each speaker. Learn first-hand what it takes to build a successful startup here in Australia, and get to hang out with a bunch of founders at all stages of their own journeys.
This conference is for anyone who has a great idea they’re looking to turn into a business. Founders can learn valuable lessons from people who have been there before, and come out the other side. If you think you’d like to work for a startup, The Sunrise is also a great place to start. Or if you’re already in the industry and you’re looking to expand your network, The Sunrise is Sydney’s unofficial startup annual.
First speakers to be announced are:
Jodie Fox, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Shoes of Prey (AUS/USA)
Jodie the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at ShoesOfPrey.com - the world's first website where women can design their own shoes. Started in 2009, Shoes of Prey broke even at 2 months, hit multimillion dollar revenue in under 2 years and today is a global multimillion dollar enterprise, with more than 6 million pairs of shoes designed and $24.6 Million USD in funding to date.
Jodie’s creativity and passion is directed into Shoes of Prey product, culture, branding and communications. Shoes of Prey has won the World Retail Award 2013 for the Store Design of the Year <1200 for its first store, against Karl Lagerfeld, Puma and others. She is Telstra's 2011 business woman of the year for private and corporate, one of the top 30 most influential women in Australian retail 2014, one of the top 10 Australian female entrepreneurs for 2014, Elle Style Awards Fashion Innovator for 2015 and Griffith University's Outstanding Business Alumni for 2015.
Didier Elzinga - CEO and Co-founder of Culture Amp
Didier Elzinga is the CEO and Founder of Culture Amp - the world's leading all-in-one employee feedback and analytics platform and one of Australia's fastest growing technology startups with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, New York & London. He is passionate about making the world a better place to work, and is committed to keeping Culture Amp a culture-first company. He presents widely on culture and creativity, speaking at a number of high-profile conferences. He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a prominent Hollywood visual effects company), founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award) and Non-Executive Director at Tourism Australia. He is currently a non-executive director at The Atlassian Foundation and The Alfred Research Foundation.
Shan-Lyn Ma (USA) CEO and Co-founder of Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zola. Launched in October 2013, Zola (www.zola.com) is an online wedding registry for millennials. In just three years, Zola has become the fastest growing wedding registry in the country, seeing 10x revenue growth year-over-year, and 3x growth this year. Over 7 million guests have attended a Zola wedding and $350 million in gifts have been added by Zola couples.
Before starting her own company, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel. Prior to that, in 2008, Shan-Lyn joined Gilt Groupe as the Creator and General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. At Gilt, she was also the first Product Lead tasked with defining and evolving the core Gilt.com experience. During her time as Product Manager she led key new business launches and led Gilt’s successful foray into mobile – managing apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web. Prior to Gilt, Shan-Lyn held Product and Marketing roles at Yahoo!
Shan-Lyn holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.