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Startup Grind Event: Chris Ridd, Xero


Startup Grind Melbourne Welcomes Chris Ridd, CEO of Chris Ridd has been Managing Director of Australia at Xero Limited since February 2011. Mr. Ridd has more than 20 years in the Australian IT industry – the last 15 years at Microsoft. His experience spans a range of disciplines including enterprise sales and marketing, product management, strategic planning, business analysis, channel development and people management. He was Director of the Microsoft Dynamics Business Group for Australia.

About Xero: Xero is one of the world’s fastest growing providers of online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 100,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries, with teams established across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Xero uses a cloud computing model where financial information is accessible anywhere,anytime. With a real-time data view, multiple user access and comparable report formats,  Xero provides the features you need to operate a successful business.Visit for more information.

6:00 – Networking and Pizza

7:00 – Fireside Chat

8:00 – Networking





Chris will be the third Australian to join The Startup Grind Alumni, a list invariably associated with the who’s who of the tech world, one that continues to grow at a rapid rate.

Melbourne – The World’s Most Liveable City will join Startup Grind as the 22nd Chapter initiated into the global network, proudly playing host to both local talent and Startup Grind Alumni alike.

The aim of Startup Grind Melbourne is to both showcase the best of local startups and help support the progression of online business, in addition to amplifying our voice within the international community.

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