The Aussie Founders Network | Board and Team

  Carl Hartmann  , board member   Carl Hartmann is a prominent, multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur best known from his work as Co-Founder & CEO of  Temando . Carl took Temando from an idea to one of the largest Australian technology companies, having raised over $56M in funding which was successfully acquired in a trade sale by French company Neopost in 2018. After exiting Temando, Carl co-founded  Shortlyster , an intelligent recruitment platform. Carl is also the adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Queensland (the leading Australian University and a top 50 global university); Serves as a Non-Executive Director on a several boards, and has won a number of awards including the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year Australia, Asia Pacific and global runner up, amongst others.

Carl Hartmann, board member

Carl Hartmann is a prominent, multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur best known from his work as Co-Founder & CEO of Temando. Carl took Temando from an idea to one of the largest Australian technology companies, having raised over $56M in funding which was successfully acquired in a trade sale by French company Neopost in 2018. After exiting Temando, Carl co-founded Shortlyster, an intelligent recruitment platform. Carl is also the adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Queensland (the leading Australian University and a top 50 global university); Serves as a Non-Executive Director on a several boards, and has won a number of awards including the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year Australia, Asia Pacific and global runner up, amongst others.

  Elias Bizannes, founding board member    Elias Bizannes currently CEO & Board Member at  Zoom Systems . Elias founded the San Francisco incubator space   StartupHouse , the international bootcamp,  StartupBus , and created Australia's  Silicon Beach . He previously worked at VC firm    Charles River Ventures , search engine startup     Vast.com , and professionals services firm  PwC  .

Elias Bizannes, founding board member

Elias Bizannes currently CEO & Board Member at Zoom Systems. Elias founded the San Francisco incubator space StartupHouse, the international bootcamp, StartupBus, and created Australia's Silicon Beach. He previously worked at VC firm Charles River Ventures, search engine startup  Vast.com, and professionals services firm PwC.

  Maria Sipka, board member   Recognized as one of the leading women in technology by Forbes, Australian entrepreneur Maria Sipka pioneered influencer marketing in early 2000 and is visionary and co-founder at  Linqia . Linqia is a venture funded technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in New York, Chicago and Bentonville. Prior to Linqia, Maria was part of the founding team and COO at XING, Europe’s leading business network, where she led XING’s monetization and internationalization strategy exiting shortly after its IPO. Today, XING has a market cap of over $1B. Maria is passionate about Social Impact Storytelling based on the belief that all ideas start with two things, emotional connection and inspired action.

Maria Sipka, board member

Recognized as one of the leading women in technology by Forbes, Australian entrepreneur Maria Sipka pioneered influencer marketing in early 2000 and is visionary and co-founder at Linqia. Linqia is a venture funded technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in New York, Chicago and Bentonville. Prior to Linqia, Maria was part of the founding team and COO at XING, Europe’s leading business network, where she led XING’s monetization and internationalization strategy exiting shortly after its IPO. Today, XING has a market cap of over $1B. Maria is passionate about Social Impact Storytelling based on the belief that all ideas start with two things, emotional connection and inspired action.

  Geoff McQueen, founding board member   CEO of  Accelo , a powerful and easy-to-use cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) platform. Accelo raised a $9M series A in 2017. Geoff is a strong voice in the Aussie community, he wrote the  definitive guide  on navigating E3 applications. A  founding mentor of  Startmate  and former director of the  Illawarra Hawks , Geoff splits his time between the three Accelo offices; San Francisco, Denver and Wollongong.       

Geoff McQueen, founding board member

CEO of Accelo, a powerful and easy-to-use cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) platform. Accelo raised a $9M series A in 2017. Geoff is a strong voice in the Aussie community, he wrote the definitive guide on navigating E3 applications. A founding mentor of Startmate and former director of the Illawarra Hawks, Geoff splits his time between the three Accelo offices; San Francisco, Denver and Wollongong.

 

 

 
  Vicky Clare, manager   Vicky is passionate about building and supporting the Aussie Tech Founder community in the SF Bay Area and beyond! AFN is fast becoming the Aussie tech founders first port of call in SF/USA, and Vicky operates as a high touch connector for founders, universities, accelerators and investors. Vicky facilitates the memberships ability to unlock the depth of expertise, knowledge and skills within our +1300 and growing community.

Vicky Clare, manager

Vicky is passionate about building and supporting the Aussie Tech Founder community in the SF Bay Area and beyond! AFN is fast becoming the Aussie tech founders first port of call in SF/USA, and Vicky operates as a high touch connector for founders, universities, accelerators and investors. Vicky facilitates the memberships ability to unlock the depth of expertise, knowledge and skills within our +1300 and growing community.

Founding Board Members

  Patrick Collins,   founding board member   Patrick is CEO and founder of  Mokonut , a mobile app data and insights business, and is currently General Manager at  Moovweb . He was previously CEO and co-founder of 5th Finger which sells Enterprise Mobile solutions to large Retailers. 5th Finger had a successful exit to Merkle in 2012. Was previously CTO at Fairfax Digital and led mobile at Ninemsn. He has lived in East Bay since 2008.

Patrick Collins, founding board member

Patrick is CEO and founder of Mokonut, a mobile app data and insights business, and is currently General Manager at Moovweb. He was previously CEO and co-founder of 5th Finger which sells Enterprise Mobile solutions to large Retailers. 5th Finger had a successful exit to Merkle in 2012. Was previously CTO at Fairfax Digital and led mobile at Ninemsn. He has lived in East Bay since 2008.

  Phaedon Stough,   founding board member   Founder  Mitchellake : an executive search,  consulting and onsite recruitment solutions for technology-driven innovation. Founder of  Innovation Bay  a non-profit which brings people together from all walks of life, who are passionate about innovation and success.    

Phaedon Stough, founding board member

Founder Mitchellake: an executive search, 
consulting and onsite recruitment solutions
for technology-driven innovation. Founder of Innovation Bay a non-profit which brings people together from all walks of life, who are passionate about innovation and success. 

 

  Kate Kendall, founding board member   Kate Kendall is the founder and CEO of  CloudPeeps . She founded her first company,  The Fetch , in 2012 and is a  former-business journalist and marketing director. Kate  has been involved with tech communities for many years, helping to create and organize Down Under New York Tech, Silicon Beach Melbourne and one of AU's longest-running meetups, Socialmelb.

Kate Kendall, founding board member

Kate Kendall is the founder and CEO of CloudPeeps. She founded her first company, The Fetch, in 2012 and is a former-business journalist and marketing director. Kate has been involved with tech communities for many years, helping to create and organize Down Under New York Tech, Silicon Beach Melbourne and one of AU's longest-running meetups, Socialmelb.