StartupAUS has appointed Peter Bradd as its CEO. The board serves in a voluntary capacity providing strategic direction and oversight.
The current startupAUS board:
Peter became a founding director of StartupAUS in 2013 and has been appointed CEO in 2015 where he’ll continue their mission to transform Australia through high-growth technology entrepreneurship.
A successful Aussie startup founder himself, in 2008 Peter formed the personalised postcard app, ScribblePics. He was also a founding director of Australia’s largest startup co-working space, Fishburners, where he transformed it into a thriving, sustainable place for startups, speakers, mentors and corporates to connect with each other. Fishburners is currently home to over 125 technology startups.
Over the past 2 years Peter helped Australia’s largest companies in banking, insurance, retail and media by applying the start-up mindset and toolsets to create new business models.
As a regular speaker and featured thought leader, Peter has delivered an occasional address for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS, hosted Google’s CFO, Airbnb CTO and oDesks CEO, has appeared in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, BRW and Boss Magazine and has participated as a judge for many entrepreneurial competitions including SydStart, StartupWeekend and OZApps.
Professor Jana Matthews is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. As the ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Director of the UniSA Centre for Business Growth and the founding CEO of The Jana Matthews Group, Jana helps CEOs, corporate executives and boards unlock their company’s growth potential. Jana helps companies develop and execute plans for growth, attract and retain talent, develop products and services that meet customer’s needs, and improve their leadership effectiveness. Based in Based in Adelaide, AU and Boulder, Colorado, Jana is the former Managing Director of the Innovyz START Institute and former Program Director of the ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program.
Recruited to the original senior team of the Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Professor Matthews was the architect of highly successful programs designed to teach CEOs and their executive teams how to lead and manage growth. Additional responsibilities included working with seventeen venture capital companies to design and develop the Kauffman Fellows Program. She was also instrumental in the development of programs for angel investors, technology transfer, and the creation of ecosystems to support entrepreneurs and growth companies.
In 2004, the New Zealand government asked her to develop a program to teach companies to grow. In 2005 and 2006, she was Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Auckland’s Graduate School of Enterprise and did one of her Leader Forums in Adelaide. In 2005, she was invited by the US Department of Commerce and the People’s Republic of China to speak about company growth in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. She was invited back to teach in the international MBA program at Peking University. In 2008, while Global Thought Leader for SAP, she spoke in Orlando, Delhi, Mumbai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sydney. In 2009 she was Keynote speaker at an international forum on entrepreneurship in Kuala Lumpur. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Innovate SA engaged her to teach sessions on the role of Boards and executive teams in growth companies, as part of the Venture Attraction Program.
Alan Noble is the Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand. He joined Google in 2007, and has overseen the growth of the Australian engineering operation from 20 engineers to 400 engineers. In 2005 he founded NetPriva, a networking software company based in Adelaide. NetPriva was acquired by Expand Networks in 2007, and in turn acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 he lived in California. He worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996 founded NetMind, developed the Internet’s first change detection service. NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (now part of Nokia), where he was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002. In addition to being a co-founder and director of StartupAUS, he is also a co-founder of SA Angels. He also serves on the advisory boards of several Australian universities, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Industry Advisory Committee and the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia. He attended Adelaide University and Stanford University. He hold 7 US patents and has others pending. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, kitesurfing, snowboarding and coding.
Bill Bartee is a co-founder and Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures and of Southern Cross Venture Partners. He has co-founded several successful companies. At Southern Cross Bill focuses on early-stage software, security, and internet companies. From 1997 to 2001, he helped build and lead the early stage investing for Macquarie Technology Ventures (MTV), a balanced venture fund focused on software, telecommunications, internet and life sciences. At MTV, Bill led investments in several market leaders including Altium (ASX: ALU), LookSmart (NASDAQ: LOOK), Seek (ASX: SEK), Telera (acquired by Alcatel), and onebox (NASDAQ: OPWV). At Southern Cross Bill has led investments and is a Board Member or Observer in Mocana, Bislr, Mantara, Liaise, and Shoes of Prey. Before co-founding Southern Cross, Bill was the start-up CEO of Mantara, a company that makes high performance, content-based message routing systems. Prior to moving to Australia, Bill had 12 years of research, operational, and entrepreneurial experience in the United States. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science, MBA and Juris Doctorate degree (University of Richmond).
Glenn Smith is an entrepreneur (first and foremost), venture growth architect and venture investor, Glenn’s philosophy has been built around creating shared value, a concept which focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress. His success to date has been built around being involved in and/or growing businesses at all stages of the growth cycle (listed and private), from existence (start-ups), to survival (<$5M), to success (<$100M), to take-off (>$100M), through to resource maturity (>$1B). He is Founder and Executive Director at ATW Capital, Advisor-GEO at SpotJobs (www.spotjobs.com) and Chairman at FitUsIn (www.fitusin.com). Glenn has also held positions with SingTel Optus (ASX: SGT), Resonance Health (ASX:RHT) and his international expansion leadership experience has delivered numerous private and public sector agreements with organisations such as Kimberly-Clark, Novartis, Cardinal Health, Keeler, Sonic Healthcare, LG Household and Health Care Ltd, Amazon Web Services together with Australian, USA, European and Asian government and public sector agencies. Glenn has a focus on working with future entrepreneurs on a one-to one basis to help facilitate the growth in numbers and readiness of those entrepreneurs, which is a strategic deliverable for Australia’s future prosperity. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and as “un amateur de vins” is completing a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Melbourne. Wine is life.
Andrew Larsen is passionate about Australian startups. Andrew co-founded Perth’s first technology focused co-working space; SyncLabs and is an active venture investor in the early stage technology sector. Andrew is a Director of multiple award winning WA based startups, namely Healthengine and Seqta. Andrew has worked in numerous technology focused roles in both the public and private sector, and is enthusiastically supportive of local entrepreneurship, and showcasing Australian technology on the world stage. Andrew is an active Adviser, Mentor and Judge within the WA ecosystem. He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) along with a Master in Computer Security from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Western Australia.