Graduate heads start up in Silicon Valley

Friday, 7 June 2013  Features

When entrepreneur Johnathan Teh graduated from the Australian School of Business with a Master of Commerce in 2011, he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur - but certainly didn't expect to be running his own social media site in the heart of Silicon Valley in the US.

"The Australian School of Business allowed me to experience many different cultures, while being based in Sydney. It is the diversity of the other students on the course that stands out for me. Students came from Asia, America, Latin American, and Europe - all of them had different ideas about commerce, and that experience is as valuable as the program itself."

He says the Master of Commerce - which is celebrating its 50th anniversary - gave him the idea of creating a simple channel to connect people with brands and in the process revolutionise the way people interact those brands.

"I founded an Internet-tech company without any prior technical knowledge or experience, but fuelled by passion and naivety. I knew it had to be based in the social media heartland of San Francisco. I have built business relationships, fostered a passionate team of people, raised capital, and travelled to different corners of the world. However more importantly, I learnt that when you are an entrepreneur it is important to have an open mind and heart."

Johnathan Teh is now ready to launch his social media tech company, Onswer, and says his time at the Australian School of Business was a great experience which led him to understand that "the best future businesses will be those that are deeply integrated with their people and are fundamentally social through a simple communication channel. I chose to make my belief a reality with Onswer."

The Australian School of Business is running an open forum next Wednesday evening where prospective post-graduate students can learn about the opportunities open to them.

Associate Professor Julie Cogin, the Deputy Dean Engagement, says "whether you're thinking about postgraduate study to develop your specialist knowledge in a specific business area, obtain professional accreditation, or position yourself for a new career or a leadership position, the Australian School of Business has a program which will fit with your career paths - and give you the same chance to meet students from many different cultures in the same way that Johnathan Teh did."

Postgraduate Information Evening
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW

Media contacts: Julian Lorkin: 02 9385 1574