Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Bardia Housman
Mar
16
5:30 pm17:30

Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Bardia Housman

  • TBA San Francisco, CA 94105

Following our massive Australia Day Happy Hour + Fireside Chat, we're excited to be hosting another experienced, worldy and interesting entrepreneur at our March event!

Our guest this month is Bardia Housman, a serial entrepreneur who can share not just his hard-won lessons building and selling two well-known technology companies, but also his insights from returning to Sydney a couple of years ago.

Bardia's first big venture was Start.com.au, the "Hotmail of Australia". A web based email pioneer, Start.com.au was a big deal during the "portal wars" days (back when Yahoo was more than a punchline). Bardia's stories from growing and selling that business to Looksmart during the heady dot-com period should be pretty interesting, especially for entrepreneurs who haven't been through a downturn!

Bardia's next big thing was Business Catalyst, an early e-commerce SaaS platform which decided to go channel-first, selling through web designers and developers before it was at all fashionable to do so! Bootstrapped from launch in 2004, Bardia moved to San Francisco solo in 2008 to get things set up while the team (and his fiancee) remained in Sydney. With their unique channel-friendly SaaS platform and strong growth, Adobe acquired Business Catalyst in late 2009.

For the last two years Bardia has been based mostly in Sydney, where he's been working in the background and helping up and coming Aussie startups succeed. His perspective on the changes in the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem between when he left and today should also be fascinating.

Aside from being one of the nicest guys you'll meet, Bardia has lots of wisdom to share for anyone growing a business when you're too early, too under-funded and selling to unsexy markets in contrarian ways. This is an event not to be missed.

With drinks and nibbles included, our $10 early bird tickets are sure to sell fast: make sure you grab yours here.

Note: we're still locking in a San Francisco-based venue for this event, and will advise the exact address when we have it finalized.

Founders Lunch - April 2017
Apr
7
1:00 pm13:00

Founders Lunch - April 2017

  • Town Hall

Nestled between the end of Q1 and the Easter break, we're having another Founder's Lunch in SF. Would be great if you could join us!


Open House Happy Hour - February 2017
Feb
16
5:30 pm17:30

Open House Happy Hour - February 2017

This is our first Open House Happy Hour, hosted by the great folks at Nitro! Come along and (re)connect with other members of the Aussie (and Kiwi) startup community and enjoy Aussie beer, wine and some snacks too!

Founders Lunch - February 2017
Feb
10
1:00 pm13:00

Founders Lunch - February 2017

  • Town Hall

Our first Founders-only Lunch will be held on February 10th at Town Hall. After our October and December events were sold out, we're looking forward to this first founder-only event for 2017 being a great success - make sure you buy your tickets before they sell out!

Founders Helping Founders - 16 Jan 2017
Jan
16
3:00 pm15:00

Founders Helping Founders - 16 Jan 2017

  • Salesforce Tech + Products Center

Founders are uniquely placed to help other Founders succeed. Join more than 50 early stage founders and dozens of mentors for an afternoon of advice, support and networking, followed by a Happy Hour - all thanks to our friends and hosts, SalesForce!

Happy Hour & Fireside Chat with Maria Sipka from Linqia
Nov
3
5:30 pm17:30

Happy Hour & Fireside Chat with Maria Sipka from Linqia

  • 338 Main Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States

After the success of our last Happy Hour + Fireside Chat with Craig from Airtree, we've decided to host our next AFN in a similar vein - informal, fun and friendly but with a chance to learn something new too!

We're charging a lowly $5 and that includes drinks - so be sure to register at Eventbrite to reserve your spot!