Just over a year ago, sports fan loyalty platform, Enthuse, raised a venture round of $1.3 million from the likes of Allegro Venture Partners and Greystripe co-founder Michael Chang. Today, it is building its engineering team in Brisbane. Enthuse CTO, Ian Connor, a QUT graduate is returning to Brisbane after a successful decade or so in the US, which included the acquisition of his Boston-based startup, Pubget, last year.
Lured back to sunny Queensland by family ties and warmer climes, Connor hopes that Enthuse will be a success story, not just for himself, but for Brisbane. Certainly, the presence of a Bay Area startup in Brisbane presents a rare opportunity for those engineers who join Connor’s team. Having someone of Connor’s experience in the local tech community can only be a good thing, and the evidence suggests he has every intention of getting embedded in the local scene. Signed up as a mentor at GovHack 2013 and a judge at Brisbane Student Startup Night, he’s certainly wasting no time in building his local network.
Enthuse, says Connor, is on the lookout for smart engineers with a range of experience. While the Enthuse backend is built on Rails, he’s more interested in hiring brains. He tells us he’d just as soon take a great C programmer who’s obviously smart and who demonstrates they can learn fast over an experienced Rails engineer.
Just the way it should be.
Watch for our upcoming Humans profile of Ian Connor.