Speaker Bio – Andre Eikmeier
Co-founder and joint CEO of Vinomofo
After years of poverty, stupidity, half an accounting degree, an acting career in four out of five of Australia’s worst TV shows, a singing career that never transcended being lead singer in a One Hit Wonders covers band, founding Australia’s first professional theatre production company which produced one play that lost over $100,000, and a year-long kombi wine adventure travelling round the country…
… Andre finally launched online wine site Vinomofo with brother in law Justin in 2011, which has grown to one of Australia’s Startup success stories, growing in 4 years from 2 people in a garage in Adelaide to a team of 80, with over 300,000 members and annual revenue of over $40 million, Deloitte’s Fastest Growing Australian Tech company in 2013, BRW’s Best Employer 2014 and Online Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Online Retail Industry Awards.
What happens when you build a company from 2 people (in a garage) to 80 people, with 300,000 members, and $40m annual revenue in just 4 years? Andre will share his hits and misses (but mostly hits) in this inspiring end-note talk.
Starting life back in 2007 in the garage of brothers-in-law and fellow wine geeks Justin Dry and Andre Eikmeier, Vinomofo has built a tribe of more than 300,00 wine “Qwoffers” since their official launch in 2011.
The company’s determination to live by its credo “to step up, care more, keep it real, do some good and have fun” means a particular way of working life for more than 50 employees. How do you manage to maintain the culture you believe in? How do you “keep it real”?
In his talk Andre will share what he’s learned along the way about the importance of your mission, purpose and of people. The need to develop a staff and customer base, truly believing in your vision, as well as values.