Matt Barrie (businessman)

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Matt Barrie
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Born (1973-08-16) 16 August 1973 (age 47)
Adelaide, Australia
NationalityAustralian
EducationUniversity of Sydney
Stanford University
OccupationFounder and chief executive
EmployerFreelancer.com
Known forEntrepreneur, outsourcing
WebsiteOfficial Blog

Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie (born 16 August 1973) is an Australian technology entrepreneur. He is the chief executive officer of Freelancer.com, a global online freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Sydney where he teaches classes in computer and network security since 2001 and technology venture creation since 2010.[1]

Early life[edit]

In 1997, he was accepted to Stanford University, from where he graduated in 1998 with a master's degree in electrical engineering. After graduating, he was employed as a security consultant at the information security company Securify, which was then acquired by Kroll-O'Gara. At Kroll-O'Gara, Barrie acquired the popular information security website Packetstorm from Ken Williams.[2]

Returning to Australia in 2000, he worked as a venture capitalist for the boutique firm Innovation Capital, before founding Sensory Networks, a network security company, where he was Chief Executive from 2001 to 2006.

In 2013, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) acquired Sensory Networks for $20M USD.[3]

Sensory had previously raised about USD $30M in venture capital. [4]

Subsequently, Matt ran a home based online craft supply dropshipping operation. [5]

Freelancer.com[edit]

In 2009, Barrie founded Freelancer.com, an online outsourcing marketplace. In March 2015, the company claimed to have over fourteen million registered users and to have completed seven million projects.[6] In 2011, the company reportedly turned over US$35 million and was valued by Deloitte at between US$100 to $250 million.[7]

The company has won a number of awards including two awards for employment in the 15th Annual Webby Awards[8] and the People's Voice for Employment in the 16th Annual Webby Awards.[9]

Barrie is a frequent speaker on the topics of technology and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he was one of nineteen featured from the 600 speakers at SXSW.[10] He has been a keynote speaker at conferences including The Next Web,[11] Summit Series[12] and CEBIT.

In September 2013, Barrie allegedly rejected a takeover from Japan's Recruit Co. Ltd. for AU$430 million (US$400m) for Freelancer.com.[13] Recruit Co declined to comment on or confirm the Freelancer.com bid.[14]

On November 2013, Barrie floated Freelancer Limited (ASX:FLN) on the Australian Securities Exchange, which opened at an AU$1.1 billion (US: $1.03 billion) market capitalisation in the third biggest opening ever on the exchange (for a listing greater than a seed-stage listing).[15]

On 19 February 2020, Freelancer Limited (ASX:FLN) was trading at AU$ 0.37 (US: $0.24) with a market capitalisation of AU$ 167.52 million (US: $112.18 million) [16]

On 7 January 2021 about 8 years after its initial public offering, Freelancer Limited (ASX:FLN) was again trading at its IPO price of AU$ 0.50 (US: $0.38), further cementing freelancer.com as a penny stock.[17]

From Freelancer.com Matt Barrie takes a total yearly remuneration of $602k. (US: 480k)[citation needed] Retail investors in freelancer.com have yet to see any returns.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2006, Barrie won the New South Wales Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. He is a notable alumnus of the University of Sydney, having won the Alumnus of the Year Award for the Faculty of Engineering and IT in 2010.[18]

In 2010, Barrie was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Dynamic Business magazine.[19] In 2011, he was named the inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year.[20] In that year he also won the Technology Division for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.[21]

In 2011, Barrie was named in the ten most influential people in Australian IT by the International Business Times.[22] In 2012, he was named in the top 100 most influential people in Sydney by Sydney magazine, the top 100 influential engineers by Engineers Australia,[23] and a 2012 Man of Influence by Men's Style magazine.[24]

Barrie was profiled by two-time Walkeley Award winning journalist Greg Bearup in Good Weekend.[7]

In 2012, Barrie was selected by LinkedIn as one of their "150 worldwide influencers", a selection of thought leaders whose essays are published on the social network, which included Barack Obama, Richard Branson, David Cameron and Deepak Chopra.[25]

In 2013, he was named in the top 10 Australian entrepreneurs to watch in 2013 by Smart Company,[26] Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by News Limited,[27] and in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.[28] He was also named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards Sydney in 2013.

In 2014, Smart Company magazine named him the most influential person in technology in Australia.[29][30] He was also named in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.[31]

Other[edit]

Barrie is the co-author of more than 20 US patent applications.[32]

Barrie holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a graduate diploma in applied finance from FINSIA. He is also a graduate of the EPGC (2005) and Stanford Executive Program (2011) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[33] He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).[23]

In 2012, Barrie graduated from Singularity University's Executive Program (EP).[34]

Matt Barrie is a prolific Twitter user, often commenting on subjects outside his areas of expertise, including the Sydney lockout laws, COVID-19, Politics of the United States, Donald Trump, Economic policy and many others. This has resulted in criticism from various circles including investors, who strongly suggest he should spend more energy growing a profitable company instead of constantly posting on social media. [35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Barrie". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Packet Storm Update". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Gillian Tan. "Intel in Deal to Acquire Sensory Networks For Around $20 Million". WSJ. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Nick Ellsmore. "Pondering interesting infosec transactions". itnews. Retrieved 7 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Make Money Without Working". Retrieved 7 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "About us overview - Freelancer". Freelancer. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "The Aussie making a motza from offshoring white-collar jobs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Webby Awards". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ 16th Annual Webby Awards for Employment Archived 30 June 2012 at WebCite.
  10. ^ SXSW Interactive 2012 Accepted Proposals Archived 4 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Jamillah Knowles (1 May 2012). "Meet Matt Barrie Who Can Help Us Harness Outsourcing". The Next Web. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Cruising the Bahamas with the world's most awesome people". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Freelancer.com founder Matt Barrie rejects $430 million buy-out to list on Australian stock exchange". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Japanese Recruitment Firm Recruit Co Wants To Buy Freelancer.com For $400M". Retrieved 3 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Freelancer's short spell as billion dollar company". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "FREELANCER LIMITED (FLN) Share Price & Information - ASX". Retrieved 19 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "FREELANCER LIMITED (FLN) Share Price & Information - ASX". Retrieved 7 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "News". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Matt Barrie takes out top entrepreneur accolade". Dynamic Business. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Archived 3 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Winners
  22. ^ The 10 Most Influential Australians in IT: International Business Times
  23. ^ a b Engineers Australia
  24. ^ 2012 Men of Influence, Men's Style Archived 2 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "LinkedIn to post influencers' essays". SFGate. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Leaders in Business - SmartCompany". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "'Doing it for the money? Get out now,' says Atlassian CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes". NewsComAu. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  29. ^ "SmartCompany on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ Brad Howarth (6 October 2014). "Australia's 12 most influential people in tech". SmartCompany.com.au. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ "Top 100 : 2015, Page 1". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. ^ "ininventor:"Robert Matthew Barrie" - Google Search". Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  33. ^ "Freelancer Management Team". Freelancer. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. ^ "Executive Program". Singularity University. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ "sometimes, you gonna admire our crazy Matt, if I stuck..." Retrieved 7 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)