A Pollenizer alumni, Claudia Barriga-Larriviere is a surgeon when it comes to startup strategy and getting the right team in the early stages of a business. She is a talent intelligence and change management expert and works with startup founders in the B2B space. Named one of Sydney's top ten startup mentors, Claudia is an innovation columnist and growth advisor with a passion for innovative collaboration. CBL is also a huge supporter of the Social Enterprise space having been heavily involved in Project Futures and TedX Sydney. Claudia specialises in taking companies through change, helping them grow, and making sure they come out stronger on the other end. It's never pretty, but it's always exciting. Nine years in the digital space have taught her that planning in the 21st century is mostly done for peace of mind. Her weapons of choice are focus, fast failure, lean tools and data-driven insights. CBL has made a whole career out of failing upwards by skilfully living in the margin of error. After all, that's where the fun is. Talk to her about market focus, team happiness, and change. Don't try to pronounce her last name: “CBL” will do just fine!
Thai is the co-founder of Kapcher, an invitation-only marketplace for talented freelance photography and videography creatives. Kapcher was the most voted Australian startup in the Global Startup Battle and also ranked among the top 15 most voted under E-commerce category in the Global Startup Battle organised by Startup Weekend.
Before founding Kapcher, Thai was the Finance Director of AIESEC Australia, a local branch of a global organisation that provides youth leadership development through international internship programs in over 110 countries. Towards the end of his term, he was also selected to be part of the International Congress Committee Team that organised the largest youth leadership conference for 800 young leaders from over 110 countries in Egypt during the political turmoil.
Outside business hours, Thai is interested in bringing people together to collaborate and create. He has successfully organised Sydney Startup Weekend for 120+ people and GovHack Sydney for 150+ attendees.
Benjamin has a track record of investing in and building successful Internet-related businesses over the last fifteen years. These include Online Agility, an incubator and developer of online concepts, and Jetabroad, one of Australia's leading online travel companies. Benjamin has served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours, Benjamin began his career consulting in the areas of ecommerce strategy, online marketing, and technology for major clients such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Volvo, Sony, and Toyota. Benjamin was named National Young Business Person of the Year by Young Achievement Australia and is a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), and Sydney Angels.
Benjamin serves as the co-director of the Founder Institute in Sydney.
Matthew is head of product at Tapmint, a technology consultancy. He has also worked at Next Digital, Deloitte, airbnb. He cofounded Native Tongue which creates language learning games for mobile. His apps Mandarin Madness and Spanish Smash have 500,000 downloads and 4.3 star rating.
He has expertise in mobile apps, mobile/web analytics, product marketing and product management. He has worked on 13 mobile/web products. This includes venture capital backed startups, financial services, education, software as a service, and marketplaces. His personal blog Inspiredworlds is one of Australia's Top 20 business blogs. He regularly writes about mobile apps and online marketing.
Matt has has been a guest writer for Tech In Asia for 2+ years. He is a mentor at Muru-D (Telstra accelerator program). He is recognised as one of the Top 50 startup influencers in Australia by Startup Daily. You can find Matt here:Blog: inspiredworlds.com
Brent is CEO and co-founder of Wattblock an energy efficiency startup for residential buildings. Wattblock recently raised $500k investment after pitching to investors in U.S., Asia and Australia. Brent previously worked in technology innovation for Commonwealth Bank and three prior startup companies, one of which was sold for $73m. He has launched products into 30 countries, has degrees in computer science, law and an MBA.