Startup Stories - Bill Roberts, Ephox

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 01:00 pm — Thursday, 22 March 2018, 02:00 pm

Location Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle

Bill Roberts

With 25 years’ experience in management consulting, a partner at Gibsons Group, business development manager at UniQuest, director at KPMG and director at Ernst & Young, Bill Roberts was set to lead teams solving global problems. And in 1998, Bill and his son Andrew, founded the company, Ephox, to produce content authoring software.

If you’ve ever created content on the internet, chances are you’ve already used one of Ephox’s products. From the start, Bill and Andrew adopted the mantra ‘born global’ as the problem they were solving was world-wide and in 2002, they and their growing team left the Australian shores to establish an office in Silicon Valley. Since then Ephox has grown to be used by around 40% of the world’s websites and is used to generate almost 70% of the textual content across the internet.

Ephox takes a unique approach to growth and instead of accepting large private investments, reinvest revenue back into the company. This tactic has allowed them to establish an R&D office in Brisbane, and with encouragement from the Australian Government’s R&D incentive scheme, create a number of tech jobs that would not have otherwise existed.

Bill’s and the Ephox journey is a global one, which touches on expansion, acquisitions and world-class operations in the tech space. So come along to Three76 Hub and hear the incredible story of this Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

Tickets are free but bookings essential - book here.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1 pm at the University of Newcastle's coworking spaces Three76 Hub (Newcastle) and DSA-18 Hub (Williamtown)*. Startup founders talk candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region. #i2nStartupStories

*One space hosts the startup founder speaker while the other hosts a live web stream of the talk.

What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle's (UON) Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) links innovation hubs with programming designed to support and develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the Hunter region. The hubs within the I2N include Three76 Hub (Newcastle CBD), Dantia Smart Hub aka DaSH (Charlestown), Upper Hunter Hub (Muswellbrook) and DSA-18 Hub (Williamtown).

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.