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Gold Coast Business Week brings international business leaders to the city

Kylie Petersen | May 2018

The Gold Coast continues to build momentum as it launches into Gold Coast Business Week, from 14 to 18 May 2018.

Off the back of a successful Games Time Trade and Investment Program, which saw one of the largest gatherings of business leaders from across the Commonwealth take place on the Gold Coast, the city is once again welcoming international business elite to its sunny shores.

Taking place across the Gold Coast, Business Week will celebrate the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and look to the way ahead for businesses in the digital age.

Presented by the City of Gold Coast, this event is all about supporting local businesses and a chance for owners, professionals and entrepreneurs to network and find out about emerging trends in key industries and opportunities beyond the Games.

“The Gold Coast is brimming with confidence, opportunity and prosperity,” Mayor Tom Tate says.

“We are maximising the legacy opportunities from the Games, and have already invested in major infrastructure including the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Light Rail extension, film attraction, fibre optics, events, education and culture,”

“Gold Coast Business Week is an opportunity for businesses to be part of the way ahead for the Gold Coast,” he says.

A highlight of this year’s calendar is the Way Ahead event. City of Gold Coast is collaborating with Myriad, Australia’s leading innovation festival, to gather some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and tech experts on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 15 May.

“Prior to their attendance at Myriad Festival, a select group of Silicon Valley tech experts will visit the Gold Coast to be part of the Way Ahead event,” Mayor Tom Tate says.

“This is an opportunity for Gold Coast businesses to connect with leading tech experts, and will also provide an opportunity for the Gold Coast to demonstrate how it is building momentum as a place to do business and invest globally,”

“Off the back of the Commonwealth Games, and a successful international business program, we continue to build our global business networks – this time with Silicon Valley’s finest,” he says.

International Speakers at Way Ahead

Jeremy Bloom – World Champion Skier, Entrepreneur and CEO of marketing software Integrate

Jeremy Bloom is the only athlete in history to ever ski in the Winter Olympics and also be drafted into the NFL. In case that wasn’t enough, Jeremy is the founder and CEO of marketing software company Integrate and host of CNBC’s ‘Adventure Capitalists’.

Jacqueline Garavente –Venture Capitalist at Union Square Ventures in New York

Jacqueline Garavente joined Union Square Ventures in August 2016. She began her career in Artificial Intelligence at IBM Watson before moving to the New York City based startup, Dataminr. Her past areas of research include; machine learning, application of open source data and the intersection of technology and economic development.

Clementine Jacoby – Product Manager, Google Maps

Clementine is the Product Manager for Google, including the new gaming offering from Google Maps APIs. She’s passionate about helping developers build next generation experiences that use geo data and helping users engage with the real world in inventive and immersive ways. Before joining Google, she worked in a circus as an acrobat and on fighting climate change as a software engineer. She graduated from Stanford University.

Naveen Jain – Founder, Moon Express

Naveen is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. The founder of Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace, Naveen sees beyond the current business and technological landscape, creating companies that make a true impact.

Steve Jurvetson – Founder – DFJ 

Steve Jurvetson is a managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture capital firm and one of the most active energy and clean tech investors, with affiliate offices around the world and $6 billion under management. Steve was the founding venture investor in Hotmail, Interwoven and Kana. He also led the firm’s investments in Tradex and Cyras (acquired for $8 billion) and has also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT.

He was honored as “The Valley’s Sharpest VC” on the cover of Business 2.0 and chosen by Forbes as one of “Tech’s Best Venture Investors,” by the VC Journal as one of the “Ten Most Influential VCs”, and by Fortune as part of their “Brain Trust of Top Ten Minds.”

Jayni Shah – Venture Capitalist – Menlo Ventures 

Jayni is an early stage investor at Menlo Ventures. She covers companies in the mobile, fintech, healthcare, new media, social, ecommerce and gaming sectors. Prior to Menlo, Jayni worked within the PayPal family of companies in the Bay Area. Most recently, she was a part of Venmo’s Product team where she focused on product strategy and marketing initiatives. She helped design Venmo’s product architecture, launch iOS integrations with Apple and map out the go-to-market plans for Venmo’s first monetizable product.

Before that, Jayni was a member of PayPal’s Global Corporate Strategy in which developed a feature roadmap for PayPal’s ‘Digital Wallet,’ which is now used by over 200 million users globally. She also helped with the company’s M&A activities, including the acquisition of Braintree and Venmo.

Jody Medich – Director – SU Labs 

Jody is the Director of Design for SU Labs, where she provides design and innovation direction for corporate, startup and field impact teams. She employs a radical approach to Human-Centered Design to create exponential solutions to the world’s toughest problems.

Tony Conrad – Founder and Partner, True Ventures 

Tony is a Partner at True and Co-Founder & CEO of about.me (acquired by AOL in 2010). Prior to about.me, Tony co-founded Sphere (acquired by AOL in 2008) with Toni Schneider. Tony is a board member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, an advisor to SF-based Noise Pop and a T40 National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama.

See the full schedule of Gold Coast Business Week events.

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