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StartCon (formerly SydStart) Presents

The Ultimate Startup and Growth Conference to help you survive and thrive in the coming startup apocalypse.

The largest conference in Australia for entrepreneurs, startups, marketers, and growth & innovation teams at corporates. Actionable insights from the world’s best, to help you build a bigger, better, faster company through highly-measurable growth and marketing tactics. Sold out 6 years in row... Secure your ticket today.

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When it comes to growth, there are few names that carry the weight of Andrew Chen.

Andrew Chen


Tactical Strategies to Grow Your Business

Known as one of the smartest geeks in Silicon Valley, we are proud to announce Andrew Chen as our headline keynote for the conference. Andrew Chen works at UBER on their Growth team. He's most famous for his 700+ essays about growth, product/market fit and design. Having advised a lot of startups like AngelList, Dropbox, Product Hunt, and Tinder, he is one of the most sought after names in 'growth'.

"Andrew is one of the smartest geeks in Silicon Valley... Every chance i get i rip off his ideas and try to pass them off as my own. Respect."

Dave McClure

Founder, 500Startups

"Andrew’s blog is an inexhaustible source of numbers and ideas on concepts that matter."

Max Levchin


"One of the best entrepreneurship blogs of all time."

Eric Ries

FOUNDER, The Lean Startup

"Marc read Andrew
good blog"

Marc Andresson

Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz

Andrew Chen joins a list of 50+ Growth and Marketing Superstars @ StartCon.


How to Drive Monetization Through Your Pricing Page Optimizations

Elena Verna

SVP, Growth @ Survey Monkey

Elena is the VP of Growth at SurveyMonkey, who has helped the company grow by over 10x. Come to StartCon to learn the secrets of how she optimized SurveyMonkey's pricing pages to great monetary effect.


Expanding Your Audience and Data Footprint to Drive Growth

Nate Moch


Nate is The ‘Growth Guy’ who grew Zillow to be the largest real estate site in the US. Currently responsible for Zillow's Growth and Data teams, learn how he uses Data to drive business decisions.


Actionable Growth Hacking Strategies for Your Startup

Sean Ellis


The Godfather of Growth Hacking, Sean Ellis, has successfully led growth and marketing teams at Dropbox and Eventbrite, and later founded growth community A fan favourite from last year’s conference, he is coming to StartCon this year to share more actionable growth hacking strategies that you can implement straight away.


Leveraging Social Media to Make a Visible Difference in People’s Lives - How I Did It & How You Can Too

Ridwan Kamil

Mayor of Bandung, Indonesia

Known as the "Twitter Guy" who became Mayor of Bandung. With over 1.5 Million Twitter Followers, 3.2 Million Instagram fans and 30 Million active users on facebook, Ridwan will talk about using social media to help drive and shape policy and inspire people to benefit in the third most populous city in Indonesia.


Measurable Growth Marketing Tactics That You Can Immediately Implement In Your Business

Hiten Shah

Co-founder @ KISSmetrics & Crazy Egg

One of the most respected founders in SaaS, Hiten has founded not one, but three successful tech companies in the Internet Marketing space (CrazyEgg, Quick Sprout and Kissmetrics). Learn about some of the marketing insights like Linkedin, Buffer, AppSumo and Slideshare use to drive growth.


Connecting With The Bloomberg Network to Gain Intellectual Capital Investment For Your Startup

Christopher Lowe


Global TMT Specialist for Bloomberg, author of the go-to daily email in tech, Chris comes to StartCon to share his insights on how he has helped over 150 Startups raise capital all over Europe. Don't miss out on hearing from the most connected man in Bloomberg Tech.


How to Not Get Screwed by Venture Capitalists

Matt Barrie

Founder & CEO @

Matt Barrie is the Founder & CEO of - the world's largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. With a highly publicized and successful ASX listing, Matt will lean on his past experiences to teach your startup and company about the do's and dont’s, and the perils of venture financing.


Growing a Community of 16,000+ Empowered and Engaged Female Entrepreneurs in 12 Months

Jane Lu

Founder & CEO @ SHOWPO

Jane Lu is the CEO and Founder of Showpo, one of Australia's most exciting retail brands for women's clothing online. Grown on the back of social media, Showpo has over 1M Instagram followers, over 650,000 Facebook fans, and over $20 million in sales. The "Queen of Social Media" will tell the story behind "Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine" and how they have grown to over 16,000 members in 5+ chapters worldwide.


How Your Business Can Leverage Data Insights to Gain Traction and Grow Your Product

Annabell Satterfield


Annabell has taken mobiles apps from launch to 100 million installs with ZERO marketing cost. As Senior Product Manager of Growth, Annabell took on BitTorrent's biggest revenue driving products, BitTorrent & uTorrent, growing revenue by 40%. Learn how she and her team used data to drive growth to these crazy levels.


Augmented Reality and the Emerging Tech That Will Change the Business Landscape Forever

Ben Sand


As co-founder of the hottest augmented reality hardware company in Silicon Valley, Meta are technology leaders in an industry projected to be worth $120 billion by 2020. As a Graduate of Y-Combinator with a Series A investment of $23M, learn how AR is going to affect your business now and in the future.


Proven Frameworks That Accelerate Growth Without Wasting Your Precious Time and Money

Chandini Ammineni


Chandini is the mentor behind many of 500Startups’ billion dollar success stories. She has worked with over 50 seed and growth stage startups helping them accelerate their growth to the next stage. She is an engineer turned entrepreneur who started off her career building things like autonomous robots and laser-based mechatronic systems. Nowadays she helps build billion dollar companies. Learn how she can help yours do the same.


His Time at Tibra Capital & Making Millions In Markets Leveraging Super-Fast Computer Systems

Danny Bhandari


At just 28 years of age, Danny Bhandari and partners founded Tibra Capital, a global securities firm using super-fast computer programs to make millions on the investment markets. In just 3 years of trading (two during the financial crisis) Tibra Capital reaped an impressive $148 million profit, landing Danny on the BRW's Young Rich List and named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Learn how technology can drive disruption in traditional industry.


Capitalising on Unique Acquisition Opportunities and Corporate Strategy

Jason Lenga


As Head of Asia for multi-billion dollar hedge fund Tiger Global Jason will speak at length about the exciting acquisition opportunities he sees everyday and how your business can emulate the same excitement for other investors. Tiger global houses long-term investments in Facebook, Apple, Google and Linkedin. Previous to Tiger, Jason Lenga served as Managing Director of SEEK International responsible for identifying and capitalising on acquisition opportunities.


Insights Into Great Cities Building Startup Ecosystems

Cheryl Mack

Chief Executive @ StartCon

Having organised over 500 events and communities for startups in many cities around the world, Cheryl knows a bit or two about fostering startup community and goodwill. And after running Australia's largest startup and growth conference in 2015, she will be providing an insight into how great cities build thriving startup ecosystems and what startups can do to help each other achieve success.


How to Grow a SaaS Business With ZERO Marketing Dollars

Sujan Patel


Sujan has over 13 years of internet marketing experience and has led the digital marketing strategy for companies like Salesforce, Mint and Intuit. He has co-authored a book entitled '100 Days of Growth', which has sold over 30,000 copies to date. Learn the tricks he has used to gain traction in new products.


SEO & How Startups Can Audit SEO to Improve Web Traffic and Increase Customers

Rand Fishkin

Founder & Former CEO @ Moz

Known better as "Wizard of Moz" He's a founder and former CEO of MOZ, and a leading expert in Search Engine Optimization for web companies. Learn his secrets and tricks and how thousands of businesses around the world use his strategies and platform to get noticed on the web.


Getting to WOW! How to Get Customers and Investors to Fall In Love With You

Bill Reichert


Bill Reichert is the Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a leading seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund, based in Silicon Valley. He is also an expert in how to pitch to investors and getting people to fall in love with your product.


How to Scale Your Engineering Team While Maintaining Quality and Growing Your Startup

Herry Wiputra

CTO @ Campaign Monitor

The CTO of the email marketing company that helps customers send around 2b emails per month. He will be speaking on how to scale your engineering team as a startup while maintaining quality and growing the business.
Randwick Racecourse
Returning to Sydney in 2016

Hosted @ Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road, Sydney, New South Wales

New Higher Capacity Venue

3000+ PAX

50%+ more than last year.

100+ Exhibitors

100%+ more than last year.

High-Speed WIFI Internet Access

Royal Randwick Racecourse is just a 10 minute drive from the CBD. You can take a cab or UBER for about $10-15. There are also several public transport busses that will take you there. If taking public transport the closest bus stop is Alison Road near King St. If you are arriving by taxi/UBER please have them drop you off at the Alison Road entrance.
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