In 1997 Matt Rockman created the website SEEK with the brothers Paul and Andrew Bassat. Together they raised a small amount of capital and took on the mighty newspaper companies at their own game. Against all the odds SEEK managed to completely transform the landscape of employment advertising.
SEEK became one of Australia’s most successful online businesses, and is now an ASX Top 100 Listed company with a market capitalisation of $2 Billion. It has expanded to the UK, China, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.
Matt left SEEK in 2006, taking a well-earned year off. Since then he has made the transition from business builder to sophisticated investor. Matt supports a number of start-ups and is considered to be a true entrepreneur. He enjoys the way markets work and believes real value is created through people as the most important ingredient. Matt also advises and invests in a number of charities.
Matt approaches business and his advice through a lens of no BS and looking for a way to cut through. Matt’s approach is somewhat unconventional learned through some key lessons and principles developed during the SEEK years.
He is a man with an exceptional business story. He has experienced the highs and lows in business and knows what it is like to struggle. He comes from a very business oriented background, with his grandfather founding the Rockmans chain of clothing stores, sold in 1960. The family then entered the hotel business, with his father Irvin Rockman taking a leading role. Irvin went on to become Lord Mayor of Melbourne twice and had diverse business interests. Matt Rockman was one of his six children. Irvin provide early seed funds for Seek.
Matt initially completed a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) at Monash University and started in the family business. This was a challenging environment because what was once quite an established and successful family business was largely wiped out in the property crash of 1987. Two generations of reputation and value pretty much disappeared.
His resilience and attitude helped him to overcome the challenges. Realizing that it was time to create something of his own Matt joined the Bassat brothers in creating SEEK.
Born and bred in Melbourne, Matt is passionate about business, philanthropy, motorsport, boating and travel.
Since a very wee age Kim has been engaging with audiences young and old trying to make a difference, whatever that looked like.
In financial services since 1990, and consulting since 2002, the best part of what she does is work with business owners, leaders and advisers helping them solve their problems, remove obstacles that are in their way and most importantly, achieve big results.
Her vast experience working with people and businesses of all shapes and sizes means she was able to see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to growing advice businesses. In conjunction with her own research, she’s able to apply all her learnings, the good, the bad and the ugly into all her work today. Through sharing this insight and experience, she seeks to prevent others from committing the crimes and making the same mistakes she so often sees when it comes to taking your business to the next level.
Having been an adviser in a past life and now a business owner, means when she says she understands how you feel, she means it. Kim knows firsthand that investing time and effort into growing your business can be a job in itself and unless you have the right skills and ‘know how’, it can be quite daunting and overwhelming. Her role is to help combat these challenges, turn thinking into actions and actions into results. Success for Kim is when she leaves a business and its people in a better place than how she found them.
Kim has also been honoured to speak on topical issues at business and licensee conferences, professional development days and run workshops across Australia and overseas helping players in the advice world to reinvent their businesses, lead their teams to new “a-ha’s” and discuss ideas and initiatives that make a difference.
She believes her past professional experiences provided her with great opportunities to learn and helped pave the way to where she is today. Some of these learnings came from various roles in the investment markets, relationship management, financial advising, training and consulting. And specifically some of the places she was lucky enough to work at include Credit Suisse First Boston, Citibank, Northumberland Group (in the UK), The Money Managers and NAB/MLC.
Her formal education came from knuckling down and completing a Bachelor of Economics Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and what is now called the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.
Kim’s motto is to “make growing your business like childs’ play. Keep it simple and meaningful, and make it bucket load of fun”.