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Scott Farquhar

Scott Farquhar

Founder, Atlassian

Scott is the one who started a multi billion dollar business mainly to avoid having to get a regular job. He co-founded Atlassian with Mike Cannon-Brookes in 2002.

Since then, it has grown to be one of Australia’s largest software exporters. Last year exporting over $AUD 20m of software to over 8,000 customers in more than 90 countries. Its customer base reads like a who’s who of global companies, and includes technology giants like Apple, Cisco, HP, Oracle, SAP; every major investment bank (BNP Paribas, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, World Bank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Merrill Linch), NASA and the European Space Agency; GE, 3M, BHP Billiton, BMW, the McLaren F1 team and so on.

In 2005, both Deloitte and BRW named Atlassian as Australia’s fastest growing software company. Scott has also been awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’, and the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in both the young and overall categories, and went on to represent Australia at the July ‘World Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Monte Carlo.

From Bootstrap to $60m. What I’ve learnt

Business of Software US 2010

Atlassian has been a successful software bootstrap, right up until we took $60m funding from Accel Partners in July 2010. Scott packs some of what he’s learnt about running a software company into thirty minutes. You’ll hear about how to pick a business model, how to get free marketing, how we hired 32 people in 6 months, and how we built a workplace that has won numerous HR awards.

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Leadership in crisis: when stuff gets real

Scott Farquhar

Business of Software US 2013

You know those conference talks when everything seems too perfect to be true? When people sell a version of their success story that is so glossy you think: ‘oh, come off it – it can’t have been that easy!’

This is not one of those.

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