Chief Executive Officer, Freelancer.com
Matt Barrie is an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer. He is Chief Executive of Freelancer.com, the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace connecting over 4 million professionals from around the globe, and in the top 250 websites globally.
Freelancer.com primarily connects small businesses and individuals from the western world with freelancers in the developing world, empowering entrepreneurs on both sides of the globe. To date, over 2.4 million projects have been outsourced through Freelancer.com.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences awarded Freelancer.com the “Internet’s highest honour” three times in the 15th and 16th Annual Webby Awards. Freelancer won Employment Site of the Year in the 15th, as well as the Webby People’s Choice Award for the same category in the 15th and 16th awards- from a field of 10,000 entrants from 60 countries.
Matt is serial entrepreneur, previously as founder and CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., a vendor of high performance network security processors. Prior to this he founded a telecommunications hardware company. Matt has raised over $40M USD in financing from venture capital, strategic investors and through government grants while running or assisting technology companies.
For the last ten years has been an external lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, teaching Network Security, and starting in 2010, Technology Venture Creation. He is the co-author of over 20 US patent applications.
Matt is a prolific speaker and has spoken at or featured in the Summit Series, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Switzer, BRW and The Economist. In 2012 he was selected out of a field of 600 presenters to be one of 20 featured speakers at South by South West in Austin, Texas (SXSW), which is one of the world’s largest interactive, music, film and technology festivals.
In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. In 2010 he was named Alumnus of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. In 2011, Smart Company named him in the 10 most influential Australians in IT. In 2011 he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year, by Australia’s most prestigious business publication. He was also named the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011. In 2012 he was named in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia, and a 2012 Man of Influence by Men’s Style Magazine.
Managing Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners
Bill is a founding Managing Director of Southern Cross Venture Partners who focuses on software, telecommunications, and internet services companies. He has founded 3 successful start-ups. Most recently Bill was the CEO of Mantara (www.mantara.com), a company that makes high performance, content based message routing systems for global trading systems. He also was instrumental in helping start up and launch both Dilithium Networks and Sensory Networks, where he was a founding investor/Board Member of both companies. From 1997 to 2001, Bill helped build and lead the early stage investing for Macquarie Technology Ventures (“MTV”), a balanced venture fund focused on software, telecommunications, internet and life sciences. At MTV, Bill led investments in several market leaders including Altium (ASX: ALU), LookSmart (NASDAQ: LOOK), Seek (ASX: SEK), Telera (acquired by Alcatel), Thrombogenix, ePredix, and onebox (NASDAQ: OPWV).
Prior to moving to Australia, Bill had 12 years of research, operational, and entrepreneurial experience in the United States, beginning his career as a research analyst at CIGNA in one of its private equity groups. He went on to hold the operational role of National Sales Manager of several companies including Angeles Corporation and Heartland. He was the co-founder/CEO of a successful asset management company in Los Angeles that offered equity, strategic, marketing/sales and business planning assistance to early stage technology companies in addition to managing a portfolio of real estate assets.
He earned a B.S. in Business/Economics and MBA from Old Dominion University, and a JD from the University of Richmond School of Law.