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I founded my first company in 1998 after seeing how a *very* basic online banking website completely changed customer attitudes at Westpac. That startup was DOA and quickly morphed into a moderately successful consulting company that taught me the perils of customer concentration. Our biggest customer by far got a new CEO who declared that online retail would never work.

As so often happens that misfortune turned out to be a stroke of luck. I co-founded a new company with some of my employees that was later acquired by Atlassian. After an extended earn out I took eighteen months off to look after my 3yo and newborn. It turns out that 100 hours a week at startup is a cakewalk compared to that.

I suffer from a pathological inability to abide stupidity and inefficiency. I'm much too honest at the wrong times and I'm passionate about businesses. In theory I live on Mona Vale Beach in Sydney, but lately I spend more time over the Pacific than in it.

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