I’ve been working at the intersection between startups and corporates for most of the last twenty years, both as founder and a Corporate VC or Strategy/M&A professional. As a result, I’ve seen the best and worst of what happens when corporates invest in and partner with startups. Through these experiences I have developed a deep belief that, when done the right way, it is possible to create high-functioning partnerships between large corporates and innovative startups that are mutually beneficial to both. Reinventure Group, through its strategic relationship with Westpac, is the way Simon and I are seeking to prove this belief.
I am a restless entrepreneur at heart and love working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs to help them on their journey. It’s hugely satisfying when I can help them learn from the scar tissue I have collected over the years. Along with Reinventure, I’ve been fortunate enough to help build Australia’s leading FinTech hub as a Founding Director of Stone & Chalk. I also feel privileged to be a co-founder of Data Republic along with Paul McCarney, helping drive us toward a truly data-driven economy. I am a total data junkie, and believe that data will fundamentally transform most industries and society over the next two decades.
I am also a collector of strange and unusual hobbies, a number of which have the common theme of believing gravity is a myth. These include aerial silks, tumbling, rock and ice climbing, woodwork, dabbling in screenplays and even Ninjutsu. That’s right, I am a freakin’ ninja :).