SAN:IT Seminars

The marathon: cliff notes on life in a Silicon Valley startup

Speaker: Alex Sharp
Co-founder OrionVM

When: Tuesday 10th March 2015, 12pm

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Board Room (Room 124), Level 1


Startup life isn't quite like the movies. In this talk I'm going to share with you my journey from broke uni student to CTO of a multinational. I'm going to break down the lessons learned and insights gleaned on everything from the tech sector and life in silicon valley, to fundraising and investor relations. Think of this talk as the cliff notes guide to entrepreneurship from the school of hard knocks.

Speaker's biography

Alex Sharp co-founded OrionVM in Sydney, Australia. As CTO, Alex architects and manages the construction of the technology that keeps OrionVM on the cutting-edge of cloud computing. In addition to his role at OrionVM Alex is a strong supporter of the startup community, serving as a Director at AusCloud and a technology advisor at Collusion. He also provides mentorship to new ventures at Incubate, a startup incubator run by his alma mater, the University of Sydney, where he studied both Science and Information Technology. He has also provided technical advice to groups within NICTA and UNSW, and was a guest lecturer for the postgraduate cloud computing course run by the University of Sydney. Alex recently received the Hills Young Innovator of the Year iAward in 2014 in the cloud category for his founding role and technical contributions to the OrionVM Wholesale Cloud Platform.