Successful Australian Entrepreneurs – guest blogger Gemma Falconer

A guest post from Gemma Falconer

Humankind is obsessed with origin stories.

We always want to know where you come from, why you are the way you are, and how you became your present self.

This is especially true when it comes to successful individuals celebrities, famous athletes, wealthy entrepreneurs.

And you’ll be heartened to know that some of the greatest achievements come from the humblest of beginnings.

Although we support women entrepreneurs, we also love hearing success stories from all genders.

I’ve rounded up some of the wealthiest Australian entrepreneurs and discovered their own origin stories.

What I found proves that you don’t need an office, you don’t need tons of money, and in some cases you don’t even need a degree.

1. Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar

Co-founders of Atlassian Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar have been among Australia’s richest for the past seven years, and they’re both just 34 years old.

Their story begins in 2002 when the pair met while on the same scholarship course in business information technology at University of New South Wales.

The duo formed Atlassian, an enterprise software company, with a $10,000 credit card and bootstrapped their operations until 2010 when they accepted their first ever capital injection ($60 million USD from Accel Partners).

Now Mike and Scott are worth $1.4 billion.

Well done, boys, well done.

2. Janine Allis

If you want proof that there is no one path to success, the story of Boost Juice is all you will need.

Founder Janine Allis was never a star pupil in fact, she dropped out of technical college at 16. Before she started Boost Juice, she had worked over 30 jobs in a variety of industries like advertising, modelling, and hospitality.

She also travelled extensively, and while in the US, she noticed the popularity of healthy juices.

She decided to take advantage of that gap in the Australian market and millions of dollars in revenue later, she is #24 on BRW’s Rich Women 2014 list.

3. Tammy May

MyBudget, a service aimed at helping people control their finances and manage their personal debt, began at Tammy May’s kitchen table in 1999 when she was just 22 years old.

At her comfortable job at an Adelaide law firm, she saw how debt impacted people’s lives and became motivated to find a solution.

So she made a drastic change: she quit the firm and set out on her own.

Thirteen years later, MyBudget manages over 16,000 customers and $410 million in customer salaries.

4. Nick D’Aloisio

The story of Nick D’Aloisio is arguably the most incredible on this list: a multi-millionaire before the age of 20.

Inspired by Apple’s announcement of the iPhone and the potential of mobile applications, the Australian-British teen taught himself programming language C and began creating apps (his first being a treadmill for your fingers) at 12 years old.

At 15, he went on to develop mobile news reader app Summly, the idea for which came to him when he was doing his homework.

Two years later, he sold the app to Yahoo! for $30 million.


About The Author:

Gemma Falconer - GoToMeetingGemma Falconer is a member of the Demand Generation team at Citrix and GoToMeeting, a cloud computing company that enables mobile workstyles.

She has been using collaboration tools/video conferencing/online meetings for the past 6 years and splits her working time between the office and home.

Having experienced the flexibility and various advantages of using such technology,

Gemma would love for employers to seriously consider offering collaboration tools and flexible working for their employees so they too can truly benefit.

Gemma is a mother, keen volleyball player and writer.

Find her on Twitter on LinkedIn.

* All facts quoted have been provided by our guest blogger

By | 2017-09-19T09:44:22+10:00 April 2nd, 2015|Amazing Women|2 Comments


  1. JulieAnn May 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Interesting article – thousands of blogs are started in Australia each year and only a very small percentage of them remain ongoing 12 months after they began. Sad, but true. Some do make it big, not many…very, very few, but a few do.

  2. Carol Jenning January 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the list. I have a event to organise in which I need Motivation Speakers For Hire. This will be more helpful. Keep sharing.

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