There’s not a huge amount of love lost between Australia and New Zealand. From this Kiwi’s perspective, the fact that we seem to beat them in every sport that matters and that they’re always keen to call our successful actors, rock bands and racehorses their own would lead readers to assume that I find it hard to celebrate successful Aussie tech. Nothing could be further form the truth, however, and I’ve been a big fan of Atlassian for a very long time.
Founded in 2002 down in Sydney, Atlassian was created by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, two then-students of the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Given the post dot-com crash cooling of financial markets, and the immature (at that time) state of the technology industry in Australia, the pair had little option but to bootstrap the company for several years, financing the startup with a $10,000 credit card debt.