Mark Bouris on the Fundamentals of Success
“Never underestimate who you are closing a deal with. I did, and learned my lesson”Taking a break from UberPITCHES to go on the SydStart stage, Mark Bouris -- founder of Wizard Home Loans, and current chairman of Yellow Brick Road -- talked about how it all started. In 1999, after he founded Wizard Home Loans, he sought capital and approached the late media tycoon Kerry Packer. He went to Kerry’s office, presented his startup, and walked away with his much-needed capital, but not before facing Kerry’s difficult and eye-opening three questions.
Ainun Najib on Independence Through Coding
In what ways can coders and tech people help improve a nation?Code4Nation, a group founded by Ainun Najib, proved that they can do phenomenal things for the betterment of their country. Ainun shared stories of their projects in a fireside chat with Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie at SydStart 2015.
Sales & Marketing| 6 min read
Alaister Low on Keys to Success in Internet Marketing
“Everything You Know About Internet Marketing is Wrong.” That’s Alaister Low’s straightforward introduction to his SydStart 2015 keynote presentation. Alaister is the Senior Director of Warrior Forum and Warrior Payments. Alaister shared fresh insights on internet marketing with the crowd at SydStart and especially pointed out that startups, growth, funding and PR don’t matter without customers.
Finance & Funding| 9 min read
Christopher Koch on the Valuation of Tech Companies in Public Markets
How public markets and venture financing differ. Christopher Koch, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Freelancer Limited, gave his keynote presentation about the Valuation of Technology Companies in Public Markets at SydStart 2015. This talk was at the start of a heated month of debate in global public markets on the challenges of privately held ‘unicorns’ going public, and just ahead of some key investors’ write-downs of privately held ‘unicorns’, along with the eventful Square and Match IPOs.
Leadership & People| 9 min read
Matt Barrie on How to Not Get Screwed in Venture Financing
"A friendly Venture Capitalist is not the solution to your problems. You are the solution to your problems."“Where do you think the best place it is to raise money?a) Friends, Fools and Familyb) Angel Investorsc) Venture Capitalists or,d) Stock ExchangeIf you think it was a trick question. It was.
Sales & Marketing| 3 min read
Ray Chan on Building a Following
“We don’t know anything about marketing. We don’t have anyone on our team who has a marketing background”Ray Chan, the CEO and co-founder of online platform for humour 9GAG shared that their social media sites -- which boast impressive followings of 26 million on Facebook, 22 million on Instagram, and five million on Twitter -- are run by one person.