By Tom Allen, PC Week Australia
If you are dreaming of a business idea, one of
the ways to get a kick start as a high tech entrepreneur is to
get up early.
At the KickStart for Startups conference in
Sydney last week, during a panel session on building the team,
AAPT’s group director of business management Richard Vincent
revealed that he’s a 5am starter.
Vincent, an ex-Hewlett-Packard staffer, told a
gathering of several hundred high tech entrepreneurs that he
applies the ‘MBWA principle’ of management by walking
around. “Although these days, it’s management by
running around,” he added.
Vincent emphasised balance though, and conceded
that, with the early start, anyone looking for a decision from
him about anything important after about 4.30pm can expect to
wait until the morning.
The power session on team building was
moderated by TiNSHED CEO Janusz Hooker, and
as well as Vincent, included ninemsn CEO Steve Vamos, Davnet CEO
Jason Ashton, and JSP Associates/ITP Worldwide Executive Search
principal Frank Cooper.
By bringing a piece of Silicon Valley culture
to Australia, organisers are expecting some of the next batch of
technology startups to spring from the event.
Besides putting together a team, other topics
covered included pitching to venture capitalists (including
angels), networking, venture capital myths, going public and
TiNSHED Angels group is described as Australia’s
first high-tech angel investment group. According to TiNSHED, the
group provides ventures from the Internet, media and
telecommunications industries with “early stage capital ($0.5-3.0M),
contacts and experience”.