Matthew Macfarlane has been both an investor and an entrepreneur in early stage ICT startups.
Matt spent 11 years in Europe working on large-scale international mergers and acquisitions ultimately negotiating deals in over 25 countries. Matt led international business development at Swisscom and Deutsche Telekom before joining Equant prior to his return to Australia. His largest transactions include Swisscom’s US$300M investment into Malaysian-based DiGi.com during the mid-90’s and Equant NV’s sale of a controlling stake to France Telecom in a US$8BN subscription and merger transaction in 2001. Matt subsequently led negotiations with airlines services entity SITA to replace Equant’s network Joint Venture with what became the (then) largest outsourcing contract in the world (worth over $2BN per annum).
Upon returning to Australia he co-founded the Web 2.0 start-up Vibe Capital that launched the Minti.com website raising over $2.7m in funding.
Matt is a Co-Founder and Investment Director of Perth-based Yuuwa Capital and has a particular interest in technology investments including software, web based businesses and mobile communications. Matt received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He currently holds eight directorships including with Yuuwa investee companies: iCetana (video analytics), Agworld (Cloud SaaS for farm management), Filter Squad (iOS apps) and Dealised (loyalty solutions).