What advice would you give to Swinburne students today?
See opportunity everywhere and take chances.
When I did my course we were encouraged to enter the Swinburne Venture Cup. Myself and a friend won the undergraduate category and it was an incredible chance for me to start my career and my first business. About 10 years ago I wanted to start developing mobile apps but couldn’t really find the right opportunities where I was working at the time so I went out on my own and entered a Victorian government competition called App My State. I ended up winning a major prize for creating an app for Crime Stoppers Victoria.
This led me to meeting a partner at Deloitte and I spent the next five years leading major mobile projects for corporate and government clients such as ING Direct’s mobile banking app and the Australia Post app. I then moved into consulting where I met Lauren Melton and Lynne Thornton who had been working on creating Groundfloor. I had a lot of different skills that I could bring to the business so I was brought in as a co-founder to kick start Groundfloor. Every opportunity led on to the next.
Where do you see yourself in 2025?
I think as our business continues to grow I see my role shifting to looking at how Groundfloor fits into the broader ecosystem of smart buildings and smart cities. Looking back on my time at Swinburne – when multimedia was still a pretty new field and I was only starting to learn about business – to now, leading the way in developing this new technology that is addressing a real problem, is very exciting.