Adrian has over 20 years experience in accounting, corporate finance and investment banking and has worked with high growth potential businesses from start-ups through to established businesses. Adrian is an executive director of Venture Advisory, a specialist telecommunications, media and technology financial advisory firm operating out of Australia and AsiaPac. He was previously a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Private Clients and Mergers & Acquisitions groups, with experience across a wide range of industries. Adrian is a Chartered Accountant, a Senior Associate of Finsia and has completed a Bachelor of Business (UTS) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Adrian is a member of the Executive Committee of Australia’s leading angel investing group, Sydney Angels. Adrian is also a non-executive director of two ASX listed tech companies as well as a director or advisory board member to several private technology companies.
Brendan is an experienced technology entrepreneur, mentor and investor whose career online started at age 14 when he developed an online service that his friends, with 300 baud modems, could dial into. At aged 19, Brendan worked for the world’s first commercial online service CompuServe while studying a degree in technology. Brendan worked at Optus Vision in Australia deploying cable modems in a world first trial on an HFC network. In 1999 Brendan founded ShopFree.com which expanded to 7 countries and over 1 million members. In 2004, Brendan relocated to San Francisco to further ShopFree’s push into the USA market.
As a mentor and consultant Brendan has worked with VinoMofo, Shop A Docket, SportsBet, the Australian Radio Network and rock band INXS. Brendan currently is Director of Community Development for SoftLayer, which was recently acquired by IBM. Brendan is also a mentor at MuruD, Accelerating Commercialisation, TechBeach, NRMA Jumpstart, Incubate and SlingShot.