Startmate 2018 | Founder Mixer
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Startmate 2018 | Founder Mixer

The Startmate Melbourne 2018 cohort are visiting San Francisco for a one-week immersion to meet inspirational founders, investors and the extended startup community.

Startmate would love to meet the AFN founder community who would like to share their experiences of scaling their startups in the USA. Please join Startmate for networking for drinks, canapes and good times, connecting with the latest Startmate alumni founders to the US.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Australian Stock Exchange IPO Event
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Australian Stock Exchange IPO Event

  • San Francisco + Palo Alto (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FInd out about an alternative way to raise a Series B…

We're all familiar with the unicorn journey where you raise rounds through the alphabet until you IPO with over $100M of revenue and big growth targets - and hope you're not ignored by analysts and index funds.

What many entrepreneurs don't know is that there's another path to both fundraising and liquidity, and it means you can go big and do it in Australia! A bunch of the good folks from the ASX are going to be in the Bay Area in October, and they're holding a couple of events featuring startups that have taken this path. As you'll see, it isn't just the Aussies taking advantage of a market with deep pools of institutional capital that need to invest in equities (aka, super funds) and much lower listing and compliance costs - an increasing number of US companies are heading down under to raise and get liquidity at the same time.

If you'd like to know more, come along to one of these two events in a couple of weeks:

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Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Chris Boshuizen
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Chris Boshuizen

We are excited to have Chris as guest speaker at our AFN Fireside Chat in September; and look forward to sharing with you Chris’ Planet Labs founder journey which started in 2010 and has raised over $160M.Planet Labs uses over 200 of its satellites in orbit and powerful AI to image the entire Earth every day to provide unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for 5 years, Chris took Planet Labs from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other company in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way.

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AFN Drinks during TechCrunch Disrupt 2018
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

AFN Drinks during TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

Join AFN for casual drinks and a chance to connect with Aussie founders & new AFN members in town for TechCrunch.

Surrounding Techcrunch Disrupt, we've got a number of visiting founders in SF. Come and share some real world SF founder advice with the folks from RCL Acceleratoror Barayamal, both from Brisbane.

We'll be at: Hotel SF 653 Commercial St SF (no tickets - buy your drinks).

If you know Aussie founders and tech folks in town who are not AFN members; please share this!

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Foreign Founders Drinks
Aug
28
5:00 PM17:00

Foreign Founders Drinks

After the success of our first foreign founders event in March, we're joining forces again and with more founder groups to host another one! In addition to joining founders from more than a dozen other countries, we've also got the folks from NSW Space Bootcamp coming along as part of their visit to SF. This is a great opportunity to compare notes and share advice with founders who've left their homeland to build a startup

This is a great opportunity to compare notes and share advice with founders who've left their homeland to build a startup.

Grab your ticket here!

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AFN & Fearless Female Founders Breakfast
Aug
24
8:30 AM08:30

AFN & Fearless Female Founders Breakfast

AFN and the folks at Fearless Female Founders are collaborating for AFN’s first breakfast event! This casual breakfast will feature Maria Sipka (co-founder Linqia and new AFN board member) and Alexandra Kinloch (founder The Inside Academy & Fearless Female Founders) along with many other female founders. Come along to exchange business ideas, share challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities. You’ll enjoy tasty Bluestone Lane coffee with pastries and the awesome view at DocuSign.

Grab your $5 ticket here!

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Innovation Program | Uni of Melb | Happy Hour
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Innovation Program | Uni of Melb | Happy Hour

In late July we'll be hosting an informal mixer at DocuSign which will include a few special guests and provide a chance for our community to connect and share advice with some emerging founders and leaders.

In addition to bringing together the latest batch of founders in the SF Landing Pad, we'll also be joined by the latest class of Exec MBA students from Melbourne Business School (many of them emerging leaders at Aussie companies who are trying to take back as much advice as they can to drive growth and innovation down under).

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Hacker Exchange - Meet 30 emerging Aussie leaders & founders!
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Hacker Exchange - Meet 30 emerging Aussie leaders & founders!

This Summer, the Hacker Exchange is bringing over 30 emerging leaders and founders from all over Australia to San Francisco for the ultimate immersive startup experience.

Join us on the eve of Independence Day, and meet this impressive group of undergrad and postgrad students, hailing from: Deakin University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT, Swinburne University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Adelaide, Univeristy of South Australia, and more...

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Fireside Chat + Happy Hour with Casey Ellis at The Vault.
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Fireside Chat + Happy Hour with Casey Ellis at The Vault.

Founders, folks who work with startups and those involved in the tech ecosystem!

The Vault and Aussie Founders Network are joining forces - and gathering our founder communities for our incredibly popular AFN Fireside Chat, featuring as our special guest one of Australia's top up-and-coming entrepreneurs, Casey Ellis, the Founder of BugCrowd. Bugcrowd has had a meteoric rise since being part of Startmate back in 2013, and in March closed a monster Series-C of $26M (on top of over $22M already raised). In addition to building Bugcrowd to over 140 staff globally and being a sought-after expert in cyber-security (he's often asked to give briefings to very serious people in DC), Casey recently replaced himself as CEO to take on the Chairman/CTO role. This is a fireside chat guaranteed to have lots of insights and lessons to share.

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Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Alisdair Faulkner
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Alisdair Faulkner

ThreatMetrix had an awesome start to 2018 with the announcement that they were acquired by RELX Group in January 2018 for $817M. We are thrilled to have Alisdair Faulkner cofounder of ThreatMetrix as our guest speaker this May! Come along to hear Alisdair’s journey from Adelaide to Silicon Valley; enroute to founding and growing ThreatMetrix through to its successful acquisition!

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AFN Anzac Day Happy Hour
Apr
25
5:00 PM17:00

AFN Anzac Day Happy Hour

Join us for our drinks this Anzac Day, kindly sponsored by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

You'll find us at the just-opened-last-week Hotel San Francisco - a new bar that's been started by four Aussies!

Don't be late - if you want to enjoy the sponsored 'drinks on the house' !

Capacity is limited - so please register by grabbing a 'free' ticket.

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Mentor Roulette + Happy Hour
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Mentor Roulette + Happy Hour

The opportunity to be mentored is one of the most frequent 'asks' I hear from our community of founders. The advice an early stage founder can get from a serial entrepreneur and or a founder who has achieved a business changing series A - is pure gold! Our community of AFN founders who mentor are so generous in paying it forward and we are grateful to be able to offer our upcoming Mentor Roulette + Happy Hour!

 

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Foreign Founders Happy Hour
Mar
29
5:30 PM17:30

Foreign Founders Happy Hour

Join us for a drink and to network with fellow founders from afar!

Aussie Founders Network + FrenchTech + Austrade have organised the first foreign founders happy hour! We all met recently and thought it would be a great to connect founder communities who come from afar to Silicon Valley. So we’ve team up with founder community groups all based here in SF from Austria, Belgium, France, Poland, Switzerland and more! Come along, it's free, buy your own drink and you will need a ticket to get in (capacity limited).

Grab your ticket here!

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Country Mashup: Australia + Netherlands
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Country Mashup: Australia + Netherlands

Succeeding in the competitive heart of the tech industry is hard enough, but those of us who've come from far away have learned harder lessons than others. Given our different cultural perspectives, though, there's a big opportunity to learn from each other's experiences - which is where the concept of the Founder Mashup (run by the people at The Vault) comes in.
 

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Hacker Exchange - In Town
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Hacker Exchange - In Town

Join Hacker Exchange for drinks whilst they are in town with 14 awesome student entrepreneurs from RMIT and Monash Uni. We’re having a casual drinks meet-up on Wednesday 21 Feb, 6pm onwards at Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St (between Mason & Taylor).

If you’re in the area and want to drop in for a drink and to say hello to the next gen of AFN, we’d love to see you there

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Australia Day Party + Fireside Chat with Al Ramadan
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Australia Day Party + Fireside Chat with Al Ramadan

Join us for our first AFN event for 2018; our Australia Day Party + Fireside Chat with entrepreneur and author Al Ramadan.

Al is co-author of “Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Develop and Dominate Categories” (2016). Lauded by the likes of Marc Benioff and partners at Sequoia, Floodgate and other Silicon Valley luminaries, Al's work focuses on helping companies succeed by designing - and then dominating - their category.

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Christmas Drinks
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Drinks

Christmas is just around the corner and we thought it would be great to have a festive and social get-together in San Francisco before things get too crazy.

We've teamed up with the great folks at the Australian American Chamber of Commerce (aka, SFAussies.com) to host a joint shindig at The Devil's Acre  on Wednesday, December 13th at 6pm.

The venue has limited space, so if you'd like to come along and share in some Christmas cheer, grab your ticket now.

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AFN Fundraising Panel + Happy Hour
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

AFN Fundraising Panel + Happy Hour

Fundraising: the Bay Area approach, how to fundraise in Silicon Valley for your startup. Thursday November 16th, 6pm to 8pm

For Founders in the Bay Area, advice and introductions around fundraising are always top of their list! So we've organized a special panel with experienced, no-nonsense investors and entrepreneurs (so you can get advice from both sides of the table). Our panel lineup includes:

Deb Noller, Co-founder & CEO Switch Automation.

Duncan Davidson, Founder & Managing Director Bullpen Capital.

John Komkov, Founder & Managing Partner Fathom Capital.

Mick Johnson, Co-founder & CEO Lexy.

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Founders Lunch - November 2017
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Founders Lunch - November 2017

We are excited to share that founder and sales expert, Matt Cameron will be our guest speaker at next weeks Founder’s Lunch!

Matt, is a sought after speaker on the topic of SaaS sales leadership; and partners with venture firms to build world-class B2B sales leadership within portfolios. A managing partner at SalesOps Central, Matt founded SaaSy Sales Management (the world’s only program delivering the best practices of the bay area to emerging sales leaders).

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Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Carl Hartmann
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Carl Hartmann

Carl Hartmann is a multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur best known for his work as Co-Founder of Temando. Carl cultivated Temando from a budding idea to a flourishing enterprise that holds a coveted position as one of Australia’s largest and most successful technology start-ups having raised over $56 million in funding and established five major global offices.

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Founders Lunch - September 2017
Sep
1
1:00 PM13:00

Founders Lunch - September 2017

We're doing it again at Town Hall, a great restaurant on Howard St in SOMA, just off the Bay Bridge and an easy walk from Bart or the Financial District. Grab a drink as you arrive and mingle; there is opportunity to chat to many founder folks over the delicious three dining courses and drinks are also included.

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July Mentor Roulette & Fireside Chat with Andrew Lacey
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

July Mentor Roulette & Fireside Chat with Andrew Lacey

The inspirationally disruptive Andrew Lacy is our guest this month. "Disruption excites me - it creates opportunities to delight customers, to grow new markets and to build innovative businesses that didn't exist before."  Andrew co-founded Tapulous, one of the earliest, big mobile games makers for the iPhone which he sold to Disneyin 2010. His latest passion is genomics and a new business he recently founded, Basegenes, that brought him back to the Silicon Valley.

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Founders Lunch - June 2017
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Founders Lunch - June 2017

Join us for the June AFN Founders Lunch, a great get together for founders to reconnect and share advice and insights.

We are half way through the year and it's a great time to check-in with fellow founders over lunch; how is your year shaping up? What game-changing advice have you've gathered in 2017 and would like to share? Perhaps you have a burning question for fellow founders, to see how they are dealing with the same challenge!

Looking forward to seeing you there and remember to buy your tickets here - before they sell out!

 

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April Mentor Roulette + Happy Hour
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

April Mentor Roulette + Happy Hour

This month's Community Happy Hour is being a bit supercharged - in addition to bringing the Aussie (and Kiwi) Tech Community together for a Happy Hour like we always do, we're also hosting a special Mentor Roulette session for those folks who can make it to help a new crop of tech companies succeed.

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Founders Lunch - April 2017
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Founders Lunch - April 2017

Our second Founders-only Lunch will be held on April 7th at Town Hall. With so many good connections being made during these informal lunches, we're looking forward to the first founder-only event for Q2 being a great success - make sure you buy your tickets before they sell out!

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