AFN Launches in New York!

On a stormy night at the end of May, AFN celebrated the launch of its sector chapter in New York!

Hosted by great and fast-growing Aussie startups Livetiles, the highlight of the event was a Panel featuring three outstanding Aussie Startups:

We were also fortunate to have a great photographer, Hugh Joyner join us on the evening. We’ll post a lot more photos in the near future, but in the mean time, here’s a short highlights video from our first event!

If you’d like to join us for future events (we’re planning a summer party!) make sure you Apply to join AFN - it is free!

VIDEO | Andrew Lacey, Founder Interview

The disruption that excites founder Andrew Lacy is a key ingredient of many successful startups! We spoke to Andrew in July 2017 about co-founding Tapulous, one of the earliest, big mobile games makers for the iPhone which he sold to Disney in 2010. There is always so much to takeaway and learn from a founders journey; and it was fascinating to hear about Andrew's latest passion in genomics with his new startup, Basegenes, which has brought him back to Silicon Valley.

VIDEO | Cathy Edwards, Founder Interview

We were so excited to have founder Cathy Edwards as guest speaker at our May AFN Fireside Chat. Cathy's expertise and insights into mobile and algorithmic big data products - gave a great historical review of the problems in the mobile landscape pre-smart phone and how the creation of an app store would solve this! Which ultimately led to Cathy co-founding Chomp, an app search engine, which was acquired by Apple in 2012. Cathy is currently the Director of Image Search at Google, and runs both product and engineering, after Google preemptively acquired her prelaunch search startup, Undecidable Labs.

VIDEO | Dr Larry Marshall, CEO of CSIRO | Interview

Dr Marshall was interviewed on Australia Day 2017 by AFN's Geoff McQueen, a fantastic celebratory Fireside Chat that had over 200 attendees! Enjoy the Fireside Chat here, where Larry shares insights into what made his companies succeed, the natural cycle of deep tech companies and what to be aware of, CSIRO's commitment to funding early stage deep tech, what the big opportunity for CSIRO is and more!