Matt Dobson is the Chief Communications Officer at Savage Interactive, the developers of Procreate: the flagship application for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. In this role, he works with some of the world's largest tech and creative companies, including Apple, Wacom, and Pixar. Procreate's community has grown significantly under Matt's leadership with record levels of followers and engagement. An enthusiastic member of the Startup Tas board for the past year, he is looking forward to contributing even more actively. Matt also finds time to be Head of Customer Support and single-handedly built the Savage support department from the ground up, which now supports millions of Procreate customers worldwide.
Hi! I’m Joe! I’m an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast based in Launceston. I’m part of the team running Bitlink, a technology company working on development and delivery of STEAM focused education programs, boutique embedded systems integrations, and technology consultancy. I’ve recently spent some time as community manager at the Enterprize Launceston startup hub, supporting entrepreneurs in the north of the state. This role has allowed me to get to know the startup community in Tasmania intimately, particularly in the north of the state. My experience with Bitlink, Enterprize, and the Battery Shed gives me a diverse skill set in building and supporting communities, organising and hosting events, and educating and mentoring. I’m stepping down from my role at Enterprize at the end of 2017 and wish to continue engaging with the community in a formal way. The startup community in Tasmania is special; it’s a vibrant community full of passionate, creative, and committed people who love what they do. I feel that it’s incredibly important to support and foster growth within this community.
I have spent most of my life working in and around non-profit organisations, from volunteering, running fundraising events to networking with investors and the different levels of government. I specialise in developing retention platforms for educational programs. I have an interest in making a difference with the Tasmanian Start-Up space! With a history of working with startups in project development, funding attainment and workshop management - I know I have the skills to listen for and deliver on what people really care about. I’m looking to work with our partner organisations to deliver an incubator program for 2018 and make a lot of noise to attract inter-state and international investment. There are so many possibilities within this space and I’m excited to have the opportunity to make an impact and make things happen.
Jack Scott is a Hobart-based software developer and owner of technology consulting business Loop Foundry. He is also in the process of launching a food-related startup. Jack has a great deal of experience in both for-profit and non-profit bookkeeping and accounting. He was the treasurer for the successful linux.conf.au community-run conference held at Wrest Point in 2017, which was attended by 600 people and raised $28,000 for charity. He also held various roles within the UTAS Computing Society (TUCS) over several years from 2009 to 2012, including as secretary. Jack is excited to nominate for the position of treasurer as he wants to help Tasmania evolve as a place to not only do business, but to start businesses. He believes Tasmania is only held back by a lack of imagination. In his spare time, Jack is an enthusiastic ferroequinologist.
I am Business Development Manager for The Action Learning Institute, a private research and training startup using principles of action learning and human-centred design to develop an alternative education system. We are the first education institution in the world to deliver nationally recognised qualifications entirely through action learning. This is made possible through unique assessment methods using proprietary software, which maps evidence of competency from collaborative platforms directly to the Australian VET Framework. I am Company Secretary to Business Action Learning Tasmania Ltd (BALT). The purpose of BALT is advancing education through action learning programs in industry, community and education institutions. I undertook most of the work to establish the organisation including writing the Constitution, initial Business Plan and setting up of the financial accounts and business management systems. In January 2017, I completed the AICD Company Directors Course and graduated with an Order of Merit.
I would describe myself as a creative minded, business startup enthusiast, who has fallen deeply in love with Tasmania. I am passionate about supporting and promoting the Startup Tasmania community, new startup’s and next generation of entrepreneurs. I'm lucky to have been involved in a diverse range of events and projects which include: not for profit, government, community, higher education, corporate events. I also have real life experience in the startup space, as I was a business partner and creative director for eight years for a Fine Art Landscape Photography business. Some of my daily activities include, sponsorship, marketing campaign, regular planning meetings, vendor coordination, budgeting, venue selection, site inspections, event promotions, client relationships, invites, marketing material, food and beverage, post event reports. I look forward to having the opportunity to bring passion, support, and opportunity to the Startup Tasmania Community into 2018.
I am passionate about designing accessible solutions to big social problems. I'm a big picture design thinker, digital campaigner, public speaker, social media manager and campaign designer. I have worked across issue areas such as youth empowerment, environment, sustainability and development. I currently spend my time running The Last Straw, a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in venues around Australia. In my free time I am a member of the Start Up Tasmania board, Awesome Foundation Melbourne Board, commencing my honours in Middle East Studies and undertaking a Diploma of Arabic at Deakin University.