Sarah Backhouse is the Founder of Future360 -- an online video network dedicated to showcasing cleantech innovation.
A TV host and producer, Sarah has lived in Sydney, London and Los Angeles, where she worked for a diverse array of broadcasters including: CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Sci Fi Channel, Discovery Channel and Planet Green. Since 2006, Sarah has focused her attention solely on sustainability coverage.
A sought after emcee and keynote speaker, Sarah has participated in the UN's International Renewable Energy Organization forum, the Governor's Global Climate Summit, and sustainability conferences worldwide. She has interviewed climate heavy-hitters including Tony Blair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Rajendra Pachauri, as well as policymakers, business leaders and industry experts.
Sarah honored as one of Asia Pacific’s Leading 50 Women at the 2011 Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, Australia Unlimited’s Global 50 and was a host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality in 2011 and 2012. Sarah is on the board of UN Women LA Chapter.
Sarah was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. She graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Australian National University and Keio University, Tokyo, and speaks fluent Japanese.
Tom has over 20 years experience developing highly original strategies for Brand, Innovation, Advertising and Design for some of the world’s most influential brands.
Before he started B&P, he headed up strategic planning on Nike’s global advertising at Wieden + Kennedy, Apple’s global advertising at TBWA Chiat/Day, and Yahoo’s global advertising at Black Rocket.
Since starting the company in October of 2003, he has worked closely with Nike (Innovation Kitchen, Tech Lab, Global Consumer Cultures, Key Global Categories), Microsoft (Windows Phone Design Studio, XBox, Advanced Design Concepts), Electronic Arts, Jeep, Acura, Intel, Subway Restaurants, MNML/Scott Wilson Design, and Harvard Business School.
He is listed as a contributor to IDEO's book "I miss my pencil" published in 2009, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford’s d school.
In January of 2011, the digital market research platform he founded (MindSwarms.com) went live. Clients for MindSwarms include Nike, Google, Intel, Threadless, Sonos and Skullcandy.
Tom speaks fluent French, and broken Italian. He lives with his wife, Jade, their son, Kai, and their two dogs - Wile E and Tink - in Mill Valley, CA.
Merav Bloch is an investor with Square Peg Ventures, and was an early advisor to Kaggle.
Josh joined Sigma in 2010, bringing six years of startup experience. He has expertise in online marketing, marketplaces, and crowdsourcing.
Josh was the 4th employee at oDesk, running Sales, Marketing, Product, and Business Development over five years and contributing to the company’s growth from almost nothing to $100M in annual services. Josh was also the head of product and marketing at AdRoll, helping to design and build the #1 retargeting platform. Prior to oDesk and AdRoll, Josh was a consultant at Arthur D. Little.
Josh has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rebekah Campbell is the Founder and CEO of Scorpio Music Management and recently founded Posse.com, a start-up for sharing favorite places. She launched the careers of 11 of Australia's biggest stars.
Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar formed enterprise software company Atlassian in 2002. With over 25,000 customers around the globe, Atlassian has been named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" by both Deloitte and BRW Magazine. Mike was awarded the Australian IT Professional in 2004, and in 2006 was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young alongside co‐founder and co‐CEO, Scott Farquhar. Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology focused Australian bank. Mike was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
Laura Chambers is senior director of PayPal Mobile with overall responsibilities focused on “mobilizing PayPal” and bringing outstanding PayPal applications and features onto the mobile platform. Chambers leads the design and development of PayPal mobile ensuring excellent end-to-end mobile experiences for all PayPal customers. She also directs the development of mobile Web technologies and helps to develop and communicate PayPal strategy and financial plans across the organization.
Throughout her five year career at PayPal and eBay, Chambers has held numerous strategic roles in PayPal, Marketplaces, Skype and eBay Inc. Chambers headed PayPal’s funding mix product team and was a member of the strategy team, where she developed new product ideas and led several strategy projects for merchant services. Most recently, as the chief of staff at eBay Inc., Chambers developed and shaped executive communications and events and led critical business projects including customer retention and corporate strategy.
Prior to PayPal, Chambers worked for McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy, financial performance improvement and organizational design/governance for the telecommunications/technology, financial services, airlines and retail industries.
Chambers received a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in arts/commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Eric is a global leader in organizational psychology, with clients across 4 continents in media, music, finance, publishing, health, education, government, sports and entertainment. Eric has advised senior executives and globally-leading companies on cultural change, strategic & business planning and facilitated team building. He was intimately involved in Boost Mobile’s growth in the US (from nothing to over a billion dollars annual revenue in 6 years).
Eric is an experienced speaker, trainer and author of Don't Think About Purple Elephants.
Adam was one of the founders of Movember and has been CEO since the organisation was formed. Adam has an extensive corporate background in developing, managing and marketing emerging web and mobile technologies. Prior to Adam’s corporate experience he served for 9 years as an officer in the Australian Army where he was selected to join the special forces. Adam’s military career taught him the art of leadership and intricacies of operations management.
Adam's corporate experience and military service has given him the perfect skill set for his role as CEO of Movember. In 2008 Adam was awarded the Ernst & Young, Australian Entrepreneur of The Year and in 2009 awarded the Melbourne Business School Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for his role in leading the Movember Foundation. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Marketing from Melbourne Business School.
Anthony is the founder and CEO of Kaggle. Before founding Kaggle, Anthony worked in the macroeconomic modeling areas of the Reserve Bank of Australia and before that the Australian Treasury.
He holds a first class honours degree in economics and econometrics from the University of Melbourne and has published in The Economist magazine and the Australian Economic Review.
In 2011, Forbes Magazine cited Anthony as one of the 30 under 30 in technology and Fast Company featured him as one of the innovative thinkers who are changing the future of business.
Technologist and entrepreneur, James is a co-founder of Whereoscope, a location platform for smartphones providing a collaborative tracking service between parents and kids. Prior to working on Whereoscope, James and co-founder Mick Johnson, collaborated to build GasBag, a popular application which has over half a million drivers around the world entering fuel prices and saving money. James’s background is in engineering scalable, high-performance network applications and he held a number of positions at Sensory Networks, a leader in pattern matching and acceleration software technology, over five years. James moved to the US in 2004 having previously he worked in Australia as a software engineer with Website host, Anchor Systems.
Warren Hogarth is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Warren’s current areas of interest include cloud computing, bioinformatics and energy.
Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2008, Warren completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering, where he developed fuel cell technology. During this time, he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar to Princeton University and a Guest Scientist at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. Warren has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
Leigh co-founded the Aconex and is its Chief Executive Officer. He has led the company through a decade of rapid growth, during which it became the world’s largest provider of project collaboration solutions for the construction, energy and resources sectors.
Previously, with McKinsey & Company, Leigh advised clients in the media, financial services and building materials industries on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and business growth issues.
Mick Johnson is a mobile entrepreneur and a Director of Product Management for Mobile at Facebook.
Prior to Facebook, Mick was the Co-Founder & CEO for Whereoscope, an always-on location platform for smartphones. The first application for Whereoscope helped parents find their kids.
Prior to Whereoscope, Mick was the CEO at jamcode LLC, which he drove to cash-flow positive within 1 month. Their application GasBag has over 600,000 users around the world entering fuel prices and saving money. Mick has spoken at numerous conferences as well as being featured in the NY Times, TechCrunch, CNET, Wired Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and many other publications.
Mick has a University Medal in Computer Science from the University of Sydney, Australia and resides in Mountain View, California. Mick is proficient in Japanese and his other interests include martial arts and traveling the world.
Jeff Karras is a Venture Capital Professional with experience in technology, operations, marketing, and finance including more than a decade of investing in early to expansion stage companies in mobile, wireless, enterprise infrastructure, communications, and digital media technologies.
Jeff is currently a Managing Director with SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he is responsible for running the fund’s North American investment activities. Jeff’s current investments include Baynote, Bubble Motion, Jasper Wireless, Ness, Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS), Sentilla, Everything.me, and Vuclip.
Before joining SingTel Innov8 Ventures, Jeff was a General Partner with Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he focused on infrastructure and platform technologies across the digital media, security, and cleantech sectors. Past investments include Atheros (Nasdaq: ATHR), Covigo (acquired by Symbol), Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Informative (acquired by SatMetrix), Radiance (acquired by Comcast), Rapt (acquired by Microsoft), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Plum (acquired by Nokia), Wild Pockets (acquired), and ShotSpotter (private). Jeff remains a Venture Partner with LVP.
Prior to LVP, Jeff was at Sun Microsystems where he was hired to help establish the Portal Server division. As a start-up division within the larger organization, Jeff played a lead role in developing the market and product strategy, product specifications, and the partnership ecosystem. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Jeff was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategic Change Group, where he provided strategic guidance across a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, energy and financial services
Jeff received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kate Kendall is Founder and CEO of TheFetch.com.
Tristen Langley serves as a Venture Partner with Southern Cross Venture Partners. Prior to joining SXVP, Tristen was a Business Development and Marketing Manager at Skype Technologies for North America.
She spent several years as an Analyst with the top-tier US venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) where she initiated the firm’s investment in and led the due diligence for Skype Technologies (sold to eBay for US$2.6 billion), a peer-to-peer communications firm. She was also involved with DFJ’s portfolio companies, Xfire (sold to Viacom for $100M), Visto (wireless email), Anagran (flow routing), abazab (video telephony) and Media Lario (lithography optics).
Prior to DFJ, Tristen was a Senior Associate with the Australian technology venture capital firm, Allen & Buckeridge (A&B). At A&B she led the firm’s investment in the CRC-spinout Wedgetail Communications (sold to Quest Software for US$57M), a security software firm. She joined Wedgetail as Manager, Operations & Planning, where she was engaged in sales, IP management and budget planning.
Tristen Langley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She completed her graduate studies in software engineering at the Fraunhofer IESE, Germany. She earned a bachelor of science (Honours) from the University of NSW and was the recipient of the University Medal.
Dr. Larry Marshall
Dr Larry Marshall is a Managing Director of Southern Cross Venture Partners, based in the Palo Alto office. Previously he has founded or co-founded 6 successful companies in the laser/optical, semiconductor, and medical sectors, all of which have created exit events for investors, including 2 IPOs. Most recently he was co-Chairman of Arasor, a developer and manufacturer of integrated optical and wireless solutions.
Larry holds 20 patents protecting numerous commercial products. He received a prestigious Federation Fellowship, chaired Advanced Solid State Photonics, and has over 100 publications and presentations including many popular articles on what he calls “Business Engineering”. Larry was born in Sydney Australia, and received his BS Honors from Macquarie University (Sydney), and PhD from the Commonwealth Centre of Excellence.
Andy McKeon is Global Customer Marketing Lead at Facebook.
Alan Noble was already a successful entrepreneur when he was asked to take on the job of building Google's local engineering team.
Since joining Google in 2007 he has grown that team to more than 200, making Australia Google's 10th largest engineering centre and a contributor to the development of products ranging from Google Maps to the Go programming language and the Chrome web browser.
Noble has been an outspoken supporter of software engineering and entrepreneurship in Australia, often giving his time to speak at functions where he can exhort the importance of technology skills to Australia's future.
In 2012 he launched Google's Start-up Do (SUDO) to connect entrepreneurs with peers and other members of the community, and has seen that program incorporated into the Google for Entrepreneurs program.
He has also been working on programs to improve the quality of computer science education at a tertiary level, and to encourage more secondary students into the industry.
His focus on engineering and entrepreneurship has also meant he has been able to avoid the bucketing copped by outgoing local company head Nick Leeder over Google's tax minimisation strategies in Australia.
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.
David Scott Carlick is a venture partner at Rho Ventures. He believes that successful investing hinges on market opportunities and entrepreneurial teams. Ultimately, collaborative efforts that are cohesive, clever and adaptive yield success in big, new and emerging markets.
He joined Rho in 2009 and focuses on investments in digital media and marketing. Prior to Rho, he was managing director and venture partner of VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was involved in numerous investments, including Intermix Media (parent company of MySpace that was sold to NewsCorp in 2005) and ReachLocal. He was also executive vice president at Poppe Tyson, where he co-founded poppe.com, which spun out and merged with Modem Media (NASDAQ: MMPT), and DoubleClick, which went public and was subsequently sold to Google.
Bill Tai is Chairman of the Board for Treasure Data, Inc.
Dr. Andy Walshe is Head of the Red Bull High Performance program. He collaborates with hundreds of elite athletes and industry-leading experts to develop and implement performance models. Walshe’s ultimate goal is to share learnings with the world to elevate human potential. Walshe’s skill for quantifying excellence and “de-mystifying talent” led to an appointment of High Performance Director for Red Bull Stratos where he prepped Felix Baumgartner for his record-breaking jump from the stratosphere. Prior to Red Bull, he was helping the U.S. Olympic ski team hit their performance targets as their High Performance Director until 2007. A native Australian, Walshe has a Ph.D. in Applied Biomechanics from Southern Cross University and holds a seat on the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) advisory board for DARPA.
Raised on the beaches of Australia’s East Coast, Samantha Wills moved to Sydney and established her self titled accessories company when she was just 21 years old.. After displaying her debut collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2004, samantha wills jewellery became the ‘must have’ item in the Australian accessories market. In 2008 Wills was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Telstra Business Women’s Awards’ and her fast rise has been referenced in many design and business publications including the widely distributed book ‘Women in Business’.
Samantha’s Creative talent, media profile, modelling background & media training have made her bankable property with other brands outside of the Fashion arena approaching her to collaborate on a variety of projects including a Brand Ambassador for TONI&GUY and Tourism NSW for which she was one of the ambassadors for the ‘City Of Inspiration’ Campaign.
Tipped by fashion writer Inez Mendoza to be “Australia’s biggest export since vegemite’, Wills is Inspired by world travels, culture & life experiences, Samantha travels to different parts of the world 8 months of the year & also divides her time between her homes in Sydney & New York City.
About this conference
The 2013 Lounge Chair Series provides entrepreneurs, innovators and investors with a unique opportunity to explore and better understand the challenges faced when 'Building Global Companies'.
Advance’s mission is to build and engage a community of global Australians who are able to make a difference for Australians, Australian companies and Australia around the globe.
Our ultimate aim is to create a community that benefits:
Australian companies with global growth aspirations
Young Australians who want to make their mark in the world
Established leaders who want to give back to the next generation of Australian talent
Global Australians that want to be a ‘brain resource’ to Australia through their knowledge, connections and expertise