“The sharing of knowledge makes knowledge greater”.
So says Danny Maher, the founder of Gold Coast-based business software multinational Opmantek and passionate advocate for connecting and empowering innovators.
Danny addressed a group of more than 130 professionals and entrepreneurs at YP Gold Coast’s cocktail function at Sandbar Surfers Paradise recently, providing rare insight into how he built Opmantek from a start-up to a booming business that services more than 130,000 organisations worldwide.
‘Build it and they will come’ is Danny’s attitude to attracting talent to the city.
“The Gold Coast is a fantastic place to live and do business,” he said.
“There’s loads of smart people who want to work on the Gold Coast, we just need to create the opportunities and show them they exist.”
When Danny was establishing his business, he would list positions in Sydney or Melbourne in order to attract workers at the top of their fields.
“We needed the best of the best, and they just weren’t looking at the Gold Coast,” he said.
“You can have a go and you can get things done here. You just need the right people.”
Danny shared his vision for morphing the Gold Coast into an IT hub and how to capitalise on innovation and disruption.
“We’ve founded the Gold Coast innovation hub where people can get the resources they need to make their businesses more successful,” he said.
“We need innovative businesses to know they can succeed here.”
And if Opmantek is anything to go by, succeed they can.