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For over three decades, I’ve had the privilege of founding, mentoring and investing in exceptional start-ups, with a number of successful exits.
I sold the company I founded Com Tech Communications, for an enterprise value of over $1 billion - arguably Australia’s first tech unicorn. I also have extensive senior board experience, and in 2021, I published my first book, ‘The Dumbest Guy at the Table: How I Founded Australia’s First Unicorn’, drawing on my experience and to provide valuable advice to anyone looking to start a company.
Lessons to live by
There’s two principles I take with me:
Face reality as it is, not as it was or you wish it to be.
Change before you have to.
on the lookout for
When I meet a founder and begin to get to know them, I find myself asking myself:
Do they have the vision to execute on the problem they are looking to solve?
Are they a leader, not a manager?
Will they be willing to let others share in the success of the company and are they willing to let go, in order to grow?
Are they willing to make tough decisions?
And can they motivate a team to be the best that they can possibly be?
That I was remembered as someone with the utmost integrity who added value as a husband, father, business partner and investor.
For me, it’s simple. A founder needs to have integrity, grit, determination and vision