LESSONS FROM GLOBETROTTING ENTREPRENEURS
27 May 2016, Written by Laura Daquino
ARRIVING from 'startup utopias', these three globetrotting entrepreneurs still hold lofty ideas about Australia's startup ecosystem.
THE TRY-IT-ALL GUY
Based in Amsterdam, Dwight Gunning is a software engineer and entrepreneur who grew up on the Gold Coast and studied at QUT.
Gunning says Revirda was Uber before its time.
"We just didn't execute this startup well and made heaps and heaps of mistakes," he says.
Gunning has worked on a number of startups since and is now hunting for a team of likeminded people to start work on his next venture.
THE VALLEY GIRL
Audrey Melnik has launched a number of startups including marketing and dating platforms, and most recently, a startup consulting firm.
Melnik first caught the startup bug after helping jobseeker platform LinkMe go from concept to exit within six months in the early 2000s.
Melnik says we have cultivated a culture around startup success stories in Australia, which is great, but this isn't always how things play out in the real world.
"There's a truer reference point in the US because more startups have pivoted from their original ideas," she says.
THE COOL HUNTER
Tristan Pollock has featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30, helped fund more than 1500 startups in just five years, and counts Kanye West as a customer and Nas as an investor.
Pollock is looking to add another 500 startups to the pool of 1500 the venture has already funded.
On his recent trip to Australia, Pollock said he was 'pleasantly surprised' about the state of our startup ecosystem across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Pollock is a big believer in gut instinct, and like Gunning and Melnik, acting fast. He works in a fast-moving environment complimentary to this - the San Francisco accelerator of 500 Startups turns over 50 startups every four months.