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Rockstar Aussie Founders Living in the US


For a small nation, Australia has always punched above its weight when it comes to technology. Even though it’s not the first nation that springs to mind when the subject of technology innovation comes up, Australia has quietly been the source of some of the world’s most important inventions.

Medical ultrasounds, the bionic ear, Google Maps, the black box flight recorder, the technology behind Wi-Fi – all had their genesis in Australia before being adopted by the wider world.

What people perhaps fail to realise is that there is an incredible wealth of technology talent to be found in Australia. As revealed in ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2018, we lead the world when it comes to digital literacy. We have one of the best education systems in the world, an entrepreneurial spirit and a rapidly growing start-up scene.

Innovation districts are popping up all over the nation, while venture capital and private equity funding in the nation continues to grow. When it comes to assets under management, it’s now 3.5 times higher than it was in 2005.

Many of the nation’s innovators have gone even further, leaving our shores to take on the world’s toughest crucible for aspiring tech companies. Silicon Valley is the world’s most competitive arena for start-ups, a place where the brightest founders and companies from all over the world go to compete for investor dollars and global attention. It’s the Olympics for tech start-ups, a place where only the very best survive and thrive – and more than a few Australian startups have done just that.

ACS is proud to showcase some of those founders and companies that have made it in Silicon Valley and the US, and we’d like to thank Aussie Founders Network for compiling this report and highlighting some of our brightest stars.

These are the people who have gone to the US and shown the world what our ICT companies can do. They’ve shown that we have the talent and drive to be a major player in the world tech scene, capable of starting and managing companies with global reach.

At ACS we believe in the capabilities and future of Australian ICT. We have a vision for Australia to be a world leader in technology talent, fostering innovation and creating new forms of value. To that end, we have a focus on the innovative creation and adoption of best of breed technology in Australia.

People like the founders spotlighted here reveal just how much talent we have in Australia, and it’s an inspiring reminder that, if we can create the right conditions for start-ups to flourish, that the nation has what it takes to be a major player in the businesses of tomorrow.

Although we may be located in a remote corner of the world, through people like these we can see that we have the talent and drive to succeed on the global stage. We want the world to see that as well.


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