At the forefront of the Australian startup world back in the 2000s across a variety of senior sales, marketing and business development roles, Amanda was appointed CEO of AirWORKS Media in 2003, before moving to Los Angeles to become EYE Corp’s Vice President of Business Development, Partner Relations and Operations.
Amanda founded Ausemerge in 2010, representing Australian-based ventures into the US. She has worked with over 80 high growth technology-enabled companies to accelerate their entry into the US, providing access to in-market specialisation and an established network of Australian and US entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and potential customers.
Along with Advance, Amanda developed the elevate61 accelerator and ran it for three years before joining KPMG as the Head of High Growth Ventures in late 2016.
I'm most proud of...
I don’t think there has been one big thing. Rather, I look back fondly on a range of smaller things over a number of years that have brought me to where I am today.
These include moving to the US at 35 to start a new job in a new country, caring for my mother when she became ill with cancer, getting engaged to Brent, and taking on the role of quasi stepmother to his 4 boys.
The most valuable lesson I've learned was...
Moving to the US taught me the value of networks, because I didn’t have one.
I believe building a vetted network of amazing colleagues is one of the most transformational things you can do for your career (and life).
IN THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM, I'M MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT...
One of the things that most attracted me to the startup eco-system is the ‘pay it forward culture’. The way people are always willing to help, network, connect strangers in the startup world is something that I have always appreciated.
I believe the most important thing for founders in today's environment is...
Emotional intelligence. Founders with high EQ play well with others, inspire and influence people positively, communicate well, and manage conflict productively.
My words to live by
Don’t buy cheap pegs.
"one of the things that most attracted me to the startup eco-system is the ‘pay it forward culture’.
the way people are always willing to help network and connect strangers in the startup world is something that I have always appreciated."
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