Startup investor, mentor and founder Alan Jones is joining KPMG Australia’s High Growth Ventures team as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Alan arrives at KPMG from venture capital group and startup accelerator BlueChilli, where he was a member of the leadership team following the acquisition of The New Agency, the digital agency he founded, in 2013. He is also an active tech startup angel investor, having invested in startups such as BugCrowd, UpGuard, Propeller Aero and Elevio and been a founding mentor and investor in Pollenizer and Startmate. Prior to concentrating on his own ventures, he was a founding member of Yahoo’s Australian management team and went on to lead product strategy for Yahoo across English-language Asia.
In his new Entrepreneur-in-Residence role, Alan will be responsible for working with the KPMG High Growth Ventures team to strengthen their product offerings for Australian startup founders. He will also represent KPMG at various startup ecosystem events and actively work with clients. In addition to his role at KPMG, he will continue to work with Blue Chilli as an active mentor and advisor to the group’s startups and accelerator programs.
“Alan Jones is one of Australia’s most well-known and respected startup mentors and investors, and has played a key role in the growth of the nation’s innovation ecosystem,” said Amanda Price, Head of KPMG High Growth Ventures. “We are incredibly excited that he has decided to join us and help us supercharge the growth of the next wave of Australian successful startups.”
“Few people have as much goodwill and respect from Australian startup founders as Alan, built upon his willingness to help, his sound advice, and his in-depth understanding of what it takes to be a high-performance founder. As a founder himself, and an active investor, he brings an extremely important lens to how KPMG can best support founders,” she added.
Alan joins a number of ‘in-residence’ appointments to the KPMG’s High Growth Ventures team, including Growth Hacker-in-Residence Tamir Vidger who joined in September this year. The team, consisting of domain experts in technology, startup and business growth, helps to connect founders with the expertise and support they need to scale their businesses.
“For most of my time working with startups in Australia, I have been critical of how corporates try to engage with startups. All too often, it’s been a question of “hang up your hoodie and put on a suit and tie” – basically an approach without any real understanding of startups or the flexibility needed to help them. Having seen how Amanda and KPMG are structuring their products around what startups and founders truly need, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence role was extremely appealing to me,” said Alan Jones, KPMG High Growth Ventures.
“While you won’t read about it in Techcrunch, in Silicon Valley and New York, it is quite common for growing tech firms to work with large advisory firms when they hit the growth stage. They often draw upon the knowledge and broad range of expertise in external firms to help them tackle their growth issues. I’m looking forward to be bringing the same possibilities to Australian founders,” he added.
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