Level 17, 88 Phillip Street
Hamish Hawthorn, COO of UpGuard, Inc. (a leading Australian startup incubated through Startmate and now based in Silicon Valley, fka ScriptRock) will share his five top lessons learned from doing business and raising money in Silicon Valley. Such lessons would be indispensable to startups and investors looking to make the pilgrimage to the US.
Hamish has been involved in the commercialisation of new technologies for over 20 years, and his experience spans the software, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing sectors. Since 2016, he has served as UpGuard’s Chief Operating Officer, driving operations and corporate development activities, overseeing partnerships with the cyber insurance sector, and working on technology collaborations. UpGuard is the world’s first cyber resilience platform, designed to proactively assess cyber risk for every organization. UpGuard monitors the digital footprints of millions of organizations, automates assessment questionnaires, and synthesizes those factors into the most accurate cyber risk score. In his previous role as Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s leading technology company incubator, Cicada Innovations, he was part of the growth and success of a portfolio of over 150 companies. He has a passion for sharing his experience with entrepreneurs who are starting their journey, has taught extensively at Australia’s leading universities and been a mentor with Startmate since its inception.