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AlwaysOn Kickstarts Aussie Startup Growth

Connecting Australia’s innovation community to investors and influencers, Silicon Valley’s leading startup network AlwaysOn is pleased to announce the first addition of AO Australia to its 2013 world tour in Sydney at Doltone House on April 11 and 12. AlwaysOn’s goal is simple—to help innovative companies accelerate the pace at which they connect with top investors, partners and customers in the Global Silicon Valley. A trade mission that will see leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs come to Australia to meet with local businesses will also support the event.

AO Australia is bringing the best and brightest technology minds together for a two-day gathering where top executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capital investors from Australia, the United States, and other key economic regions meet to exchange ideas and do business. AO Australia is the only international event outside the US in the network’s nine event series, which works to uncover the newest and most innovative companies in mobile, digital, social, cleantech and ad technology spaces.

AO  founder Tony Perkins speaks about the network’s interest in doing business with Australia’s technology community: “With companies like AtlassianFreelancer.com and 99designs making major ripples in the global startup community, it is obvious that Australia is still an underutilised space for global startup investment.”

“We’ve brought together a strong team of editorial advisors from the Australian startup and venture worlds including Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures, Phaedon Stough of Mitchel Lake and Innovation Bay, Gerd Schenkel of Telstra Digital and Phil Morele of Pollenizer, as well as NSW Trade & Investment, Austrade and Commercialisation Australia,  to ensure we connect Australia’s highest potential start-ups with the investors, VCs and business advisors they need to take their businesses to the next stage of global growth.”

NSW is the official host State for this international innovation conference which will help to connect NSW to Silicon Valley.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said he was pleased that AlwaysOn has chosen Sydney for its first conference in Australia.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase NSW’s innovative technology, companies and people to visiting American business leaders, investors and potential partners and to make connections that can grow trade and investment with the USA, one of our priority markets,” Mr Stoner said.

“The conference will encourage collaboration between US and Australian innovators as well as domestically, between corporates, start ups, investors and government.

“This aligns with our recently announced initiative Innovate NSW which aims to drive collaboration between SMEs, researchers, major corporations and end-users to develop leading edge products and services in our priority sectors.”

Confirmed speakers for AlwaysOn Australia include:

●      Bill Bartee, Partner, Southern Cross Ventures

●      Don Basile, CEO, Violin Memory

●      Matthew Koertge, Managing Director, Telstra Applications & Ventures Group

●      Natasha Rawlings, Chief Executive, Street Hawk

●      Bill Cleary, Senior Partner & Owner, Cleary & Partners

●      Steve Fanale, CEO & Founder, The AppVillage

●      Andrew Rothwell, Co-Founder & CTO, Tyro Payments

●      Michael Moe, CEO & CIO, GSV Capital

●      Kara A. Frederick, Founder & Managing Director, Tiger Financial Group

●      Matt Symons, Co-Founder & CEO, SocietyONE

●      Phil Morle, Co-CEO, Pollenizer

●      Kim Heras, Co-Founder, PushStart

●      Niki Scevak, Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures

●      James Alexander, Director & Co-founder, Incubate

●      Peter James, Chairman & Co-Founder, NineFold

●      Andrew Thomas, CEO, Thomas Duryea Consulting

●      Scott Farquhar, Co-Founder & CEO, Atlassian

●      Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs

●      Anthony Pascoe, Chairman, ImageBrief

●      Roy Hui, CEO, MMGN

●      Nigel Warren, Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade

●      Greg Williams, Managing Director, Accel-KKR

●      Matt Barrie, CEO, Freelancer.com

●      Ben Waters, Director, ecomagination, GE

Tony adds: ”Could Australia be the home of the next Facebook or Amazon? We’re certainly convinced it has the potential to be and are excited to connect innovation and solid business ideas with the people and capital to fuel growth and make things happen.”

According to Tony, the key trends driving Silicon Valley’s digital business and investment are:

●      Socialisation of Everything Online

●      Globalisation of the Internet User

●      Mobilisation of Consumers and Workers

●      Cloud/SaaS

●      Online Advertising and the $20B opportunity

●      Going Green: Cleaner, More Efficient & Sustainable

●      Disruption of Venture Capital: Circling the Trains

For more information about AO Australia and confirmed speakers visit AlwaysOn Australia 2013.





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