Zack is a top 50 growth marketer in the world by Tradecraft and a startup growth professional with nearly 15 years under his belt. He's currently CEO at Dribbble, a top 1,000 website and exclusive community for the world's top designers. Previously he was VP of Growth at Hired, Chief Growth Officer at Creative Market, and Head of Growth at BranchOut
Jager McConnell is the CEO of Crunchbase, the leading platform used by millions of entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover innovative companies and the people behind them. Jager joined Crunchbase after it spun out from AOL, a move that was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2015. Prior to joining Crunchbase, Jager spent 11 years at Salesforce in various roles across sales, marketing, and product development. In his last role at Salesforce, Jager was VP of Product in the Sales Cloud, where he oversaw the core salesforce automation product line.
Sarah has overseen the growth of Moz from a few hundred customers to becoming the world’s largest and most passionate community of online marketers with over two million visits to the Moz blog each month. Sarah is a top advocate for gender equality, in 2014 she was invited to share Moz’s workplace practices at the White House Summit.
Joanna mentors startups for TechStars, NEXT, UP Global, and Startup Weekend. She contributes to Entrepreneur.com and MarketingLand.com and was previously VP of Marketing at Porch, a leading consumer marketplace for homeowners, and CMO of BigDoor, an enterprise software solution serving companies like Starbucks, CBS, and the NFL.
The man who built Twitter's developer relations, and has now taken Microsoft's to new heights, will talk through the best techniques in expanding your brand through a network of influencers, and how product advocates are the most practical and cost-efficient growth tool for your business.
As Engineering Manager, John leads the Notifications Team which has cumulatively added millions of active users. Previously, he led the growth team at Shopkick, a mobile loyalty app which was acquired by SK Planet for $200M, where he helped grow the userbase from 1M to 8M primarily through invites, geofencing, & push notifications.
Larry Diamond from ZipMoney on growing into a >$100m ASX listed fintech company. ZipMoney is disrupting how Australians manage their finances through zipPay & Pocketbook
With 15 years experience in Growth Marketing, Guillaume has a strong return on investment focus and is an expert in covering B2B SaaS growth marketing. Previously he worked at Apple as the Business Development Manager for Europe Online B2B. His focus is on marketing automation, scalable personalized marketing and multi-touch attribution.
The world of Hogwarts may be nothing more than imagination, but a great marketplace makes for truly marvellous experiences. But what makes those experiences extraordinary? Beautifully designed consumer products are certainly an important part of this story. However, the answer goes well beyond an exceptional app. It's the unique combination of wizardry across operations, product, engineering, design and customer service that really creates an amazing marketplace. And whether or not you're in a traditional two-sided marketplace, the ideas that can go into making magical marketplaces apply broadly across products and industries.
Brian Balfour is the Founder and CEO of Reforge. Most recently, he was the VP Growth @ HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot he was an EIR @ Trinity Ventures and founder of Boundless Learning (acq by Valore) and Viximo (acq by Tapjoy). He advises companies including Blue Bottle Coffee, Gametime, Lumoid, Grabcad, and Help Scout on growth and customer acquisition.
Antonio Garcia is Nanigans’ VP of Product, Data. Before Nanigans, he designed, built, and managed Facebook Exchange, Facebook’s real-time bidding ad exchange.Prior to FBX, Antonio was Facebook’s first ads targeting product manager, responsible for all Facebook ads targeting.Previously, Antonio founded AdGrok, a search marketing startup backed by Y Combinator, Chris Sacca, TriplePoint Capital and others, which was acquired by Twitter in 2011. Before ad tech, Antonio modeled and priced credit derivatives as a financial quant on Goldman Sachs’ trading desk.
With Finder recently launching in the US and UK, Fred will discuss how he meets the right people in brand new markets.
Matt Barrie is the CEO of freelancer.com a popular global freelancing website. Along with this role he is also the chief executive and president of Escrow a global leader of secure online payments. Previously Matt was also an Adjunct Associate P rofessor at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney is noted as a prolific speaker and has spoken at the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV and the New York Times.
You have heard all the marketplace catchphrases like “first mover advantage”, “network effects” and “winner take all”. But how do you cut through the buzzwords and really build a platform and a team that can create and continuously nurture a thriving marketplace?
Marcus Segal is a General Partner at Upshift Capital, a seed stage investment fund. Marcus has 17 years of experience working as strategist and operations executive in Silicon Valley. Segal spent over 7 years in total with Zynga serving in a number of roles including the SVP Global Operations, Chief Operating Officer [COO] of Game Studios, and COO of Business Operations. Segal was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the game studios, CIO and CTO functions as well as the development of the International Production, Community, QA, and Central Art teams.
Sarah Doody is a user experience designer, consultant, and writer. Thousands of subscribers from companies like Amazon and PayPal read the UX Notebook, a UX Design newsletter by Sarah Doody. Sarah is an expert UX Designer and has worked with companies from WeWork to the Dow Jones.
Matthew Gallagher is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur with an expertise in computer engineering and advertising. As the founder and CEO of Watch Gang, Matthew oversees the day to day business operations of the world's top monthly watch club, leading the business to over 21k subscribers.
Dennis Yu is the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company which partners with schools to train young adults. Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone. He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and is co-author of Facebook Nation – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.
Roshni Mahtani is the CEO and Founder of Tickled Media, the publisher of parenting social network - ParentTown, and media assets - theAsianparent.com and IndusParent.com Her company reaches 11 million Asian mums monthly and has operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. Roshni is also actively involved in the start-up community. In 2015, she founded the Female Founders Network, a group of over 3,000 female founders. She also sits on the board of TIE Singapore and is an angel investor in a dozen of early stage start-ups.
Julie Stevanja is the co-founder and CEO of e-commerce powerhouse Stylerunner. Founded in 2012 after a stint in London working for movie streaming site Mubi, Stevanja identified a gap in the women's fashion market for a dedicated destination for premium designer activewear brands. Her assessment proved right, Stylerunner has enjoyed triple figure growth rates since launch and is now considered a global leader in the category. Accolades collected by Stevanja and Stylerunner include being named Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Retail Congress in 2016, inclusions in Deloitte's Tech 50 list, BRW Fast Starters, Inside Retail Top 50 in eCommerce as well as a finalist in Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.
Jimmy leads the Dispatch product at Lyft; a foundational team in America's fastest growing ridesharing company. Prior to that, he lead mobile products at Twitch. He started his career working as a data scientist at Freelancer.com, contributing to its IPO. As a Sydneysider, he is well acquainted with the tech scene in both Sydney and Silicon Valley.
Karen Lawson took on the CEO position at Slingshot after five months working as the Head of Innovation for its corporate scaleup program. Under her leadership the company has worked with some of Australia’s biggest corporates, including Qantas, Lion Group, Seek and HCF. Lawson also spearheaded the launch of a new Slingshot platform to connect corporates with startups and scaleups called CoVentured.
Edmond Lau is the author of the book, The Effective Engineer — now the de facto onboarding guide for many engineering teams. He's spent the last decade leading engineering and growth teams across Silicon Valley — currently at Quip (acquired by Salesforce) and previously at Quora, Ooyala (acquired by Telstra), and Google. As a leadership coach, Edmond also works directly with CTO's, directors, managers, and other emerging leaders to unlock what's possible for them. He's run workshops and seminars at places like Pinterest, Google, and Facebook to help engineers learn mindsets for effectiveness and develop leadership and interpersonal skills. Edmond has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Time, Slate, Inc., Fortune, and Wired. He blogs at effectiveengineer.com.
Kara Frederick is a General Partner at Reinventure Group, a venture capital firm backed by Westpac. She has spent more than 15 years at the intersection of financial services and technology, including as an investor and a founder. She has executive experience within banking in the US and Australia. Kara is a graduate of Princeton University, co-heads Princeton's Alumni Council in Australia, and resides in Sydney with her family.
Samar Singla, Founder and CEO of Jugnoo is a serial entrepreneur. An alumnus of IIT Delhi and a Physicist by education, Samar sold his first company, Prodigy foods and followed it with his second venture Click Labs, a profitable SaaS technology solution provider. Jugnoo, his third venture, aims to be an instant on-demand mate for all the daily needs of its customers and uplift millions of people socially and economically by providing them better income and life quality.
Adam's talk will explore how and why medical cannabis legislation and regulations have evolved in Australia over the past four years and the challenges and opportunities which currently face doctors, patients, growers, researchers and other members from across the supply chain.
CEO of Digivizer, Emma Lo Russo, covers how it actually feels to make the decisions required to be a successful tech entrepreneur, and conquering the fears often associated with always staying relevant, and always delivering on your vision and your customers' expectations.
As the Managing Partner of one Australia's leading Venture Capital firms, OneVentures, Michelle will draw on her extensive experience to detail how to build your very own FinTech startup, and where FinTech funding is heading in Australia in the near future.
Kim serves as Global Director of HubSpot for Startups, a program designed to help startups grow and scale. She was formally the Head of Enterprise Sales, West Coast for HubSpot in Cambridge, MA. Kim joined HubSpot in 2010. Since then, the company has grown from 800 to more than 25,000 customers and from 50 to more than 1,500 employees. As head of sales, Kim launched the GTM strategy, built the operating model and expanded the team from 3 to 28 employees and increased revenue by 200%. Prior to joining HubSpot, Kim led global sales for a technology based footwear company, SpringBoost.
Australia has a thriving start-up ecosystem, yet surprisingly few businesses grow to become successful enterprises. Small Businesses that adopt a growth mindset from the very beginning, and a business plan to match, are the most likely to survive. Find out why technology is a key enabler growth and why right choices early-on can drastically improve business outcomes in the longer-term.
Max joined ASX in April 2013 to run the Listings & Issuer Services business, which also includes Australian Government Bonds, Structured Products and the mFund service. Under Max’s leadership ASX Listings has focused on broadening the mix of Listed companies away from historic weighting towards resources and financials. Key areas of focus have included introducing new listing rules and promoting ASX for NZ companies, increasing the number of Kiwi listings from 19 to 53 in last four years, and encouraging Tech companies to list on ASX, growing the sector from 80 to over 200 listings over a similar period. ASX has also had great success in attracting Listings from Israel which now totals 16 companies with a combined market cap of $1.6b.
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.
Leveraging our experience working with 220+ high growth businesses we will delve into how you can improve the key moments in your sales process
Silicon Valley veteran, Larry Lopez will share his top ten tips from lessons he has learned from financing start-ups over the last 35 years in Silicon Valley, Israel, Europe and Australia.
Over 17 years’ of experience in worker’s compensation, safety and compliance, and entrepreneurism. Managed more than 2,500 workplace injury investigations, leading to a desire to develop a solution for critical problems in safety and quality across many industries. Set out to revolutionize safety and quality management in 2004 by creating SafetyCulture, a cloud-based company dedicated to offering innovative, low-cost, mobile-first products that empower users to have a safe and efficient workplace. SafetyCulture’s mobile application, iAuditor, is the most widely used auditing app in the world. iAuditor mobilizes all workers—from the front lines to the corner office—to participate in real-time data collection and reporting in order to quickly recognize and improve workplace safety.
Macgregor is the Co-Head of Group Business Development at Westpac where he’s responsible for principal investments, strategic partnerships, data commercialisation, and innovation across the bank. Before joining Westpac in September 2016, Macgregor was a managing director at a venture capital and private equity firm in New York, a senior executive at a Silicon Valley tech company, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and a corporate M&A lawyer.
Despite being one of the world’s most advanced economies, less than 5 per cent of commerce happens online in Australia today. However, as more commerce shifts online and mobile transforms every industry, new business models are gobbling up spending that traditionally took place offline. Sarah Hamilton, Supernova/bellabox and Mac Wang, Stripe chat about how new businesses models are revolutionising retail, how businesses like Supernova are tapping into a global audience from day one, and the how the way people buy and sell across the world is changing.
Mac Wang is Stripe’s Head of Growth in Australia and New Zealand. He works with many of the region’s most forward-thinking startups and enterprises, including Xero, Shoes of Prey, Catch Group, Culture Amp, Vinomofo, Seek, and Canva, helping them securely accept payments, expand rapidly into global markets, and catalyse their growth. He's an expert in the technology infrastructure powering successful online businesses and has a wealth of knowledge on local market trends and insights.
As a 7x founder of companies and 30x businesses such as Innovest, AI Machine, Lightsounds, LSW, Light Emotion with revenue in excess of $300 million and Author of Business Success for Life, Rick is known as the SME and Start-Up Guru. Unlike many mentors, he actually walks the talk and has many businesses under management in such areas as AI, Events management, Importing, Distribution, Retailing and E-commerce.