Startup Stories - Chris Deere

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 01:00 pm — Thursday, 16 November 2017, 02:00 pm


Chris Deere

University of Newcastle alumnus, Chris Deere, has called the Hunter home since 1990 and during this time his technological foresight has benefitted the region greatly, helping many local businesses to thrive. While an undergraduate student studying IT, Chris saw an opportunity to improve internet accessibility in 1995 and founded HunterLink, a local internet dial-up service provider which grew rapidly to boast 10,000 subscribers before Chris exited the business upon acquisition in 2000. Seeing fibre optics as the future of telecommunications, He founded Ipera Communications, which built a fibre-optic loop around the Newcastle CBD and beyond. Ipera went on to build three city data centre facilities housing critical IT equipment for corporates such as NIB and Hunter Water, and launched its first cloud services well before the term had become part of day-to-day internet parlance. Ipera was eventually acquired by industry leader Vocus Communications for $9.8 million, where Chris held roles on Director of Infrastructure, CTO and Deputy CEO. Chris’s achievements were acknowledged with the Hunter Business Chamber Awards ‘Business Leader of the Year’ Award for his pioneering innovations throughout the region. Chris is currently taking a break from business operations and focusing on investments and improving his sailing. Chris is keen to see other local startups find success and is keen to provide support where he can.

Join us at Three76 to hear Chris’s innovation journey over multiple companies, broad visions and big projects.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over BYO lunch, a startup founder talks 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.

Program Partners

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