startup founder, adviser & investor
Dean has had a varied and interesting career starting in business consulting, marketing and advertising with big business.
Translating business strategy into code with Australia's best web development agency during the dot com boom of 1999 to 2001, learning about local business first hand when he owned, managed and successfully sold his own bar and restaurant.
This is where he came up with an idea which he developed and patented. He commercialised and patented Booking Angel with customers, revenue and a global presence. It was during a year living in Silicon Valley that Dean came across Groupon and the group buying model.
With his understanding of local business and technology background he co-founded Australia's first group buying site, Spreets.com. It went live in Feb 2010, grew very quickly and maintained a market leadership position. This attracted the interests of Yahoo7 who acquired the business for around $40 million just 11 months later. Dean's earn-out period finished in June 2012 and he has been investing in startups through startmate.com.au and his investment company, Binary Investments since then.
More recently, Dean launched his 4th startup: IconPark.com being the world's first online crowdfunding platform and real estate fund for bars and restaurants.
Dean believes that there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in Australia. The recent Google commissioned report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), The Startup Economy: How to support tech startups and accelerate Australian innovation suggests that Australian Startups could become the backbone of our economy by 2033 as our mining boom comes to an end. To help foster this, Dean believes we need to create an entrepreneurship ecosystem; a place in Sydney where Startups can meet up and have a coffee - a place where serendipitous cool shit can happen.
To read more about Dean's background and achievements, connect with him on LinkedIn.
If you're interested in having a chat to Dean regarding your startup, make sure you get in touch.