The Sunrise is a startup conference presented by founders, for founders. It brings together Australia’s most successful tech leaders to tell stories...

The Sunrise 2016: Australia's Most Successful Founders Tell Their Stories


2015 NSW

sunrise 2016

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The Sunrise is a startup conference presented by founders, for founders. It brings together Australia’s most successful tech leaders to tell stories from their beginnings. They talk about the pivotal decisions, the big mistakes, the near misses and the a-ha moments. Their tales are embarrassing, exhilarating and inspiring.   

Learn firsthand what it takes to build a successful startup here in Australia, and get to hang out with a bunch of founders at all stages of their own journeys.

This year’s Sunrise speakers are a diverse group of people. They come from all walks of life but are all on the same mission to build the next generation’s most relevant technology companies.

Mike Cannon-Brookes is co-founder and CEO of Atlassian, which recently listed on NASDAQ. He began his journey out of university hoping to match the $48,000 starting salary the IT consulting firms were offering. Almost accidentally, he became a billionaire. Learn how he did it, and what comes next after world domination.

Melanie Perkins is the co-founder and CEO of online design platform Canva, one of Australia's fastest growing startups that now serves over 10 million users all over the world. She started working out of her mum’s kitchen in suburban Perth and went on to attract investment from Silicon Valley heavyweights and even Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. She’ll share her lessons on how to take on incumbent Goliaths like Adobe and building a world-class team from Australia.

Andre Eikmeier founded Vinomofo with his brother-in-law in 2011 as a ‘Facebook for Wine-lovers’, after a career that included half an accounting degree and an acting career in four out of five of Australia's worst TV shows. Vinomofo is now one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies with over 300,000 members, over $40m in revenue and a grand vision to change the way people all over the world buy and drink wine.

Craig Barratt is head of Google Fiber where he’s helping to extend global internet access via fibre-optic lines, satellites and drones and essentially is building NBN-sized networks at Google-speed. Before Google, Craig was CEO of Atheros, one of the semiconductor pioneers of Wi-Fi.

Chris Boshuizen co-founded Planet Labs, whose mission is to image the entire Earth every day, and provide universal access to that data. He was also recently a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Centre.

Julie Stevanja and her sister Sali quit their jobs and started working long 18 hours days on their startup e-commerce site Stylerunner. It only took them three months to launch and now their company is worth of almost $10 million, growing 1736% in just 3 years.

With more speakers to be announced, The Sunrise is the best founders conference in Australia. By founders, for founders.

The Sunrise is presented by Blackbird Ventures and Startmate.


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