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In 1999 Brendan founded ShopFree.com which expanded to 7 countries and over 1 million members. In 2004, Brendan relocated to San Francisco to further ShopFree’s push into the USA market.
As a mentor and consultant Brendan has worked with VinoMofo, Shop A Docket, SportsBet, the Australian Radio Network and rock band INXS.
Brendan currently is Director of Community Development for SoftLayer, which was recently acquired by IBM. Brendan is also a mentor at MuruD, Accelerating Commercialisation, Lakeba, NRMA Jumpstart, Incubate and SlingShot.
Chris Joannou is the Co-Founder of the Private Label Lab an innovation house focused on the design, development, and delivery of private label food and beverage projects and programmes for major brands, retailers, and foodservice suppliers across the Asia-Pacific. He is the also Founding Director and General Manager of Startup Grind Australia / NZ connecting, inspiring, and educating the Australasian Startup Scene serving 8,000+ Entrepreneurs a month across the Pacific. Ranked as one the top 50 Australian startup influencers by StartupDaily.