G’Day USA Honors Atlassian’s Contribution to Global Innovation
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Atlassian, the leading provider of collaboration software for software development teams, today announced that it is being honored with this year’s G’Day USA Excellence in Innovation Award. G’Day USA is an annual program designed to showcase Australian business capabilities in the United States. Atlassian will receive the premier Innovation award from the Honorable Kim Beazley, AC, Australian Ambassador to the U.S., at tonight’s ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Atlassian’s co-founders, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, started the company in Sydney, Australia in 2002, with $10,000 in seed capital from a credit card and the idea that innovators everywhere should have the best enterprise software products at the lowest price possible. Atlassian’s first product, Jira, which streamlines software development, was an immediate success. In 10 years, Atlassian has grown to more than 17,000 customers and 440 employees worldwide with offices in Sydney, San Francisco, and Amsterdam. The firm is privately held, and has been profitable each year since its inception.
“Atlassian is truly unique. There are very, very few companies that can start with a $10,000 credit card, grow, remain profitable over the next ten years, and become a global enterprise,” said Rich Wong, partner with venture capital firm Accel Partners that invested $60 million USD in Atlassian in 2010. “Atlassian’s Australian heritage informs the company’s novel and innovative approach.”
“At Atlassian, we want to help others make better software themselves. We want to help software teams collaborate better. Ultimately, we want to help companies innovate more quickly, more easily,” said Farquhar. “We are truly honored to receive G’Day USA’s Award for Innovation because it speaks to the heart of what we’re trying to achieve. In ten years, we were able to evolve our products to help solve many of our customers’ problems efficiently.”
“Software is becoming increasingly more strategic to businesses around the world and our goal is to help them become more innovative in how they build it, manage it, and use it,” Farquhar added.
About the Awards
The G’Day USA event will showcase Australia’s strengths in biotechnology/life sciences, digital economy, and energy, highlighting Australia’s innovation achievements and a number of Australia-U.S. partnerships. Approximately 250 guests from Fortune 500 companies, investment firms, government agencies, world-renowned universities, and relevant industry associations are expected to attend tonight’s awards ceremony, which serves to kick off Australia Week 2012 in the Bay area.
“We are pleased to present Atlassian with the G’Day USA Excellence in Innovation Award. Atlassian continues to grow their company in Australia, the U.S. and around the world, and we commend them on their growth and philanthropic donor work,” said Mr. Nigel Warren, Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Australian Consulate-General and Trade Commission. “The G’Day USA Excellence in Innovation Award is an annual award given by the G’Day USA/Australia Week Committee and is the premier Innovation Award for the entire G’Day USA program.”
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About G’DAY USA: AUSTRALIA WEEK 2012
G’Day USA is an annual program designed to showcase Australian capabilities in the USA. The 2012 G’Day USA 3-week program brings new business, education, entertainment, innovation, and tourism events to eight cities (San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, New York, Houston and Chicago) with the goal of strengthening bilateral collaboration and realizing new business opportunities. Over 30 events will reach targeted audiences in 8 cities through conferences and forums, networking and promotions. The events are produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Qantas Airways, Tourism Australia and Austrade. G’Day USA is supported by the Federal and State Governments of Australia, Qantas Airways and other corporate sponsorships. For more information, please visit www.australiaweek.com.
Atlassian products help innovators everywhere plan, build and launch great software. More than 17,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and Nike – use Atlassian’s issue tracking, collaboration and software-development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time. Learn more at http://atlassian.com.
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