I am a passionate member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem which continues to grow closer and closer, with engagement nationally, throughout Asia, and over to the US where I have active partnerships and investments.
My interest in engaging with the community began when I sold my business Blueprint Management to a private equity firm 12 years after opening our doors. My partner and I had started with just $10k in capital before becoming a market leading company with over 1000 staff and more than 10 subsidiaries. Through this process I learnt a great deal about setting up and running a business. Instead of retiring I wanted to remain active and add value as an investor in and advisor to growth companies, particularly in the technology sector.
I really understand the challenges entrepreneurs face when raising capital whilst also dealing with the significant daily pressures of running a business. My challenges, successes, experiences and extensive global network have enhanced my ability to help entrepreneurs. I am an active angel investor and passionately working in my own start-up, Investible (www.investible.com) to enhance the success of the businesses and people in the entrepreneurial community. The challenges faced by entrepreneurs are unique and I know it takes more than just capital for a company to succeed. That is where my passion lies.
In my support of this sector I also work as an advisor and venture partner to Bluesky Venture Capital, Blackbird and Almalfi Venture Capital.
In addition, I endeavour to give back to the broader community I live in by taking on several NFP board roles. I was the Chairman of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. I have been on the Board of Waterpolo NSW and support the Coogee Seahorses in my role as Rugby Coach and Sponsorship Co-Ordinator. I am the founding President of ECBR - a new age Surfboard-riders club with a purpose.