Internationally renowned entrepreneur, innovator, educator and author
Matthew Michalewicz* has 20 years of hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, and success psychology. He has established boards that include former heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and has a track record of starting businesses from scratch and selling them for tens of millions of dollars.
From 2005 to 2012, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of SolveIT Software, growing the company from zero to almost 180 employees and $20 million in revenue before selling the business to Schneider Electric. Under his leadership, SolveIT Software became the third fasting-growing company in Australia in 2012, as ranked by Deloitte. The company won numerous awards, and counted among its customers some of the largest corporations in the world including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Xstrata.
From 1999 to 2003, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of NuTech Solutions in the USA, where he raised more than US$15 million in venture capital and grew the business to almost 200 employees in six international offices. Matthew established an A-list board of directors including former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Jr., and world-renowned fraud expert and subject of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Catch Me if You Can, Frank Abagnale. NuTech Solutions was acquired by Netezza Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by IBM Global Services.
From 1994 to 1999, Matthew was the founder and operator of Fitness Forever, a personal training business, and later, the co-founder of CFG Investments, a money management and financial planning company with more than $150 million under management.
A frequent guest on numerous television programs, Matthew's business achievements have been recognised by countless publications including Time Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek and Forbes. He was named the Pearcey Foundation's Entrepreneur of the Year, among Business Journal's '40 under 40' list of accomplished business leaders, University of North Carolina Alumnus of the Year, and an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
Matthew is the author of several books, including Life in Half a Second: How to achieve success before it's too late, Winning Credibility, Puzzle-Based Learning, and Adaptive Business Intelligence, and lectures at the University of Adelaide as a Visiting Fellow on the subject of technology commercialisation.
* Matthew Michalewicz appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau