Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at a young age, Sam started his first company at 16, while still in high school, and his second at 21, while attending university. After founding Nitro with several friends in 2005, it is now one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Sam leads a team of Nitronauts across the US, Australia, Europe and Asia, and every month, more than 8 million people in nearly 200 countries use Nitro products.
Sam is on a permanent leave of absence from Melbourne's RMIT University, where he studied business, after moving to America to establish Nitro's global headquarters in San Francisco. On the weekends you'll find him skiing, cycling, running, and riding vintage motorcycles.
Experience & Leadership
Nitro (Founder & CEO)
2007 to Present
Young entrepreneur Sam Chandler is changing the way the world works with documents. As Nitro Founder and CEO, Sam has grown the document productivity company from a scrappy Melbourne startup to a Silicon Valley success; leading three rounds of funding totalling US$21.6 million with Starfish Ventures and Battery Ventures.
With over 160 Nitronauts stationed in 5 offices across 4 continents, and 50% YoY growth, Sam is continuing to break new ground in technology, employee and customer experience.
Nitro (Founder & COO) 2005 to 2007
Originally started as a plug-in provider for Adobe Acrobat, Sam saw the opportunity to disrupt a billion dollar industry and change the way people work with digital documents on a daily basis.
Aliqua (Founder & CEO)
2001 to 2004
Sam founded Aliqua, a marketing services firm in Australia, in 2001 where he was the Managing Director and CEO.
Web Logic Interactive (Founder)
1997 to 2001
RMIT University (Bachelor of Business)
Awards & Honors
2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Southern Region winner
2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Emerging national winner
2014 BRW GE Capital Momentum Mid-market Award: Rising Star winner
2012 BRW Ones to Watch