As WA’s tech sector continues to develop, Business News spoke to some of the people helping Perth’s entrepreneurs score wins in global markets.
Western Australia’s tech sector is more successful than many give it credit for, according to venture capitalist Larry Lopez, who moved to Perth from Silicon Valley in 2006.
“It’s come a long way in the past five or six years. I’m very excited about what’s going on, ” Mr Lopez said. “Sometimes people’s expectations are too high. I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit in WA for where we are. I don’t think we punch above our weight yet but we’re on the right trajectory.”
Mr Lopez is one member of the ecosystem supporting local tech businesses, with other names including Spacecubed founder Brodie McCulloch, Yuwa Capital’s Matt MacFarlane, Unearthed Solutions’ Justin Strharsky, and Atomic Sky’s, Greg Riebe and Peter Rossdeutscher.
Not all local tech mentors are products of the US, however.
Mr Rossdeutscher is an example of a local boy who plied his trade overseas and returned to Perth, having spent six years as managing director of Gateway in Asia and a similar period at the helm of Targus in the Asia-Pacific region.