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We’re nearly a third of the way through 2017, yep seriously and if it’s not quite what you were hoping for from a career perspective we have good news. There are some top tech companies here in Australia. Whether it’s digital agencies, disruptive start-ups, new arrivals from Silicon Valley or big corporates investing in their tech, product or marketing departments – there are HEAPS of awesome opportunities with companies doing great things.
Here’s our pick of some of the best, and yes we admit we have also used it as an excuse to show dog pictures…
Quite frankly, we’d work at Canva just to say hello to resident dog Biscuit every day. But on the off chance, you’re not a dog person, it’s easy to be impressed by the graphic design software company. Founded in 2012, The website rapidly became popular, with more than 750,000 users in its first year. Today the company has over 200 employees and an impressive HQ in Surrey Hills. The growth is set to continue throughout 2017 as the product rapidly evolves and scales.
If you’re one of the many Australian’s who love sports, you’ll love Hudl. From a small office in an industrial estate on Sydney’s northern beaches, what was then known as Sportstec became the world’s leading performance analysis tool for elite sports. Since being acquired by Hudl in mid-2015, it has become a part of an emerging global force in sports performance analysis. They work with the world’s hottest sports brand and have big growth plans for 2017.
When you think about agency life, you wouldn’t be the only one thinking it’s long hours, manic deadlines and a load of booze. But times are rapidly changing for agencies and Deepend are leading the way with a culture that’s completely committed to achieving work-life balance. From flexible working to entrepreneurial projects, the team at Deepend (including Milo, the office Dog) strive to be finished by 5:30 pm and commit to driving a new wave of agency structure.
Qualtrics launched their experience platform here in Australia in 2014. Since then, the team has been through rapid growth from their HQ with a view in the heart of Sydney. Starting with a team of 3, today they’ve grown to over 70 here in Australia. They’ve just begun their launch into Asia setting up camp in Japan and have ambitious plans both here and oversees. There’s also rumours of IPO in the not too distant future.
It’s been a big year for CX firm, Kalido. Last May, IVE’s Kalido acquired customer analytics and marketing automation agency JBA who had independently been through huge growth in the Salesforce Marketing Cloud arena. The agency has a big focus on data capability, and with offices already in Melbourne and Sydney, they’re looking to expand both here and into Asia throughout the next year. Kalido’s brought on high-profile clients and big plans for post-acquisition.
We’d like to credit Levi, for Hubspot’s success in Australia, and there’s no doubt that he has motivated the marketing team, but alas, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Boston-based Inbound Marketing platform only launched here at the end of 2014 and had already grown to over 50 employees. With unlimited annual leave and a culture that can globally defined by HEART, employees truly live and breathe the Hubspot way of life.
We love an Aussie success story, and OFX fit that bill pretty well. OFX (previously OzForex) is a publicly listed, cloud-based global company that manages foreign exchange transfers. In 1998, two surfers saw an opportunity and started a business in a garage on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Today the company has 200 people in their Sydney offices and a new CEO at the helm.
Founded in 2003, Sqware Peg has grown to over 40 employees in both Sydney and Melbourne. Last year the agency launched Sqware Peg Digital and had been growing ever since across Salesforce Pardot, Qualtrics and SFMC. The early signs look good, setting up a new division can have a toll on an existing business, but in FY17 Sqware Peg is on track to double both revenue and headcount.
It’s been a big six months for the Australian arm of Mullenlowe Profero. Late last year, Chris Henderson became Managing Director and just a couple of weeks ago moved local operations to a much larger office on Sydney’s Cleveland Street. The team also just won the Sitecore Experience Digital Innovation award and had big growth plans for their Aussie projects blending technology and data with creativity and design thinking.
Australian IT company, UpGuard are launching into Australia during hyper growth after a US launch. Mike Baukes and co-founder Alan Sharp-Paul developed the product in 2012 and headed to the US with the backing of Startmate. Since then, the team have grown from a small office of five to nearly 100 today. Launching back into Sydney just a couple of months ago, the team promise to bring a bucket load of jobs.