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'The Millennial Series' hosted by the Business School for our young alumni

17th Jul 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm

Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, invites you to the first event in our 'Millennial Series' which will closely examine entrepreneurial thinking and business start-ups.

The Millennial Series, developed by the Business School for our young alumni cohort, provides a unique opportunity for our most recent graduates to share opinions, gain valuable insights and hear from industry experts and leading Business School academics on current business issues.

Join us to hear from a panel of leading entrepreneurs as they discuss how they transitioned from big business to small business, the pitfalls they have encountered, and whether it's possible to be devoted to the business and still have fun. This is an outstanding opportunity for you to benefit from their successes and their mistakes.

The panel will be moderated by Dr Eric Knight, Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Management at the Business School.

We hope that you are able to join us at our inaugural young alumni event.

Panellists include:

Matt Symons, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SocietyOne

Matt SymonsPrior to co-founding SocietyOne, Australia's only active Peer-to-Peer lending platform, Matt was the CEO of Memetrics Ltd., a profitable, rapid growth data and analytics technology business based in San Francisco.

After managing the successful sale of Memetrics to Accenture in 2007, Matt spent 4 years as the partner responsible for leading Accenture's marketing data management and analytics team from San Francisco. Matt's practice was centred around large-scale digital transformation projects with a focus on innovative technology adoption within the enterprise. He is also an active angel investor with 10 current investments and a couple of successful exits (including the sale of Quotify to Telstra in 2011).

Matt has a law degree, and has worked as an attorney for both Korea's largest law firm, Kim &Chang, and one of Australia's largest law firms, Minter Ellison.

Brendan Burwood, Co-Founder and Managing Director, ipac Financial Care

Over the past 16 years, Brendan has been involved in creating, building and selling three medium sized companies ($45m to $77m) in a diverse range of industries from music and film to sport, finance and direct marketing. In 2010, he founded "ipac Financial Care", a company specialising in financial services to the aged care sector. The two major shareholders are AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited (ASX) and his own private investment company.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Financial Services and a Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney Business School.

Darren Williams, Chief Technology Officer,

Darren Williams Darren is Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Freelancer, an online job marketplace that provides a means for employers and freelancers around the globe to collaborate for mutual benefit. In these roles, he is responsible for strategic leadership of the company's operating and technical direction.

Prior to joining Freelancer, Darren was a co-founder of Sensory Networks, a venture-backed network security hardware company where he served as Chief Technology Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer. Darren previously lectured in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in a variety of areas to postgraduates and undergraduates.

Darren has authored numerous articles, patents and papers relating to security technology, software and networking, and has spoken at a number of international conferences. He holds a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science specialising in computer networking from the University of Sydney.

Charlie Caruso, Digital Media & Social Entrepreneur

Charlie Caruso Charlie Caruso is a Digital Media & Social Entrepreneur with a passion for creating positive change through the media, and creative innovation.

Charlie's first published book, Understanding Y (published by Wiley) is due to hit shelves July 2014.

Charlie is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit of the Y, and as Founder of PuggleFM, her efforts saw her listed in Shoe Strong Australia's Top 10 start-ups of 2013, listed in Anthill Australia's 30 under Thirty, national finalist in the iAwards, listed in STM Magazines 100 Best & Brightest and awarded the Special Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the ICT Industry by WAiTTA. Now a thriving not for profit, Charlie took a step back from PuggleFM and has devoted her attention to developing various television projects through her production company, Puggle Productions. Charlie holds a degree in International Business (Chinese Business).

Dr Eric Knight (Moderator)

Eric KnightDr Eric Knight is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Management at the University of Sydney Business School. As an Australian Rhodes Scholar, Eric did his doctorate at Oxford University in investment decisions in clean tech sector. He has since worked for a number of organizations, including the OECD, the World Bank and the Boston Consulting Group. He is the author of two books, includingReframe: how to solve the world's trickiest problemswhich was listed as one of the top 5 recommended books by Booksellers and Publishers magazine and serves as a non-exec director on a listed med tech company. Eric's passion and teaching focus is on helping people start companies.


Thursday 17 July 2014




The Ivy Sunroom, Level 3, Ivy, 330 George Street


Free to Business School alumni under 35


By Wednesday 9 July 2014

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Business School Alumni Relations Team
T + 61 2 9351 5065 (Kathryn) or +61 2 9114 1128 (Kim)