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!
Alisdair is a technology visionary, with two decades at the forefront of innovations in cybersecurity, machine learning and analytics. Since co-founding ThreatMetrix in 2005, he has been the driving force behind developing the world’s largest Digital Identity Network. He has pioneered and patented seminal technologies for Internet security. He is frequently cited by global press, including CNBC, Forbes, BBC News, and the South China Morning Post and his quarterly Cybercrime Report has garnered worldwide coverage for its data-driven insights on fraud, payments and cybercrime. Prior to ThreatMetrix, Faulkner was Founder and CPO at NetPriva, and he has held senior management positions at Accenture. He holds a MS from Adelaide University.
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' !
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!
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
The venue has limited space, so if you'd like to come along and share in some Christmas cheer, grab your ticket now.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are excited to share that Cathy Edwards will be our guest at AFN's May Fireside Chat.
Cathy is a founder and entrepreneur specializing in mobile and algorithmic big data products. Many Aussies in tech will also recall Cathy co-founded Chomp, an app search engine, which was acquired by Apple in 2012.
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.
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!
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 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!
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!