Building the right team for your business, an A-Team, is one of the most important, yet difficult elements of a start-up. Our panel discusses some of the unique challenges associated with building an A-Team such as:
What is the most important position to fill?
What personality traits should entrepreneurs looks for?
Where do you find the members of your team? Footage taken at the Advance Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley in May 2012.
After developing Silicon Beach Australia in 2008, Elias moved to San Francisco for search startup Vast.com. He then moved into venture capital, working for Charles River Ventures.Â In 2010 he launched StartupBus, with the vision to develop the people behind future startups. Two years since concept, he has fundraised half a million dollars and had 500 people go through the program.Â Elias is now developing StartupHouse, an entrepreneurial campus in the heart of San Francisco in partnership with Bardia Housman. In his spare time he likes to show Americans how to tackle in rugby.
Mick Liubinskas is one of Australia's leading web strategists, having served in head marketing roles at Kazaa, Zapr and Tangler. He now runs Pollenizer, the business incubator he co-founded with former-Kazaa colleague Phil Morle.
Andrew is founder and CEO of Ephox. Andrew is responsible for the company's strategic direction and execution. He has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years, on three continents. Prior to co-founding Ephox in 1999, Andrew helped start Webz, a web development company, and Home Computing Connections, a computer services provider targeted at consumers. After establishing Ephox’s Australian-based engineering team and leading the development of EditLive!, Andrew moved to Silicon Valley to establish Ephox’s headquarters. Since becoming CEO in 2004, Ephox has grown sales by more than 600%, increased profits more than ten-fold and developed key strategic partnerships. Andrew is on the entrepreneurial committee of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE). Previously, he was a board member of Software Engineering Australia and the winner of a Young Australian of the Year Award.