About Simon

Here is a business bio about me:

Simon Hackett has worked on the development of the Internet since its early days in Australia.

After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1986 (Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science), he was a part of the national university team that created the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) – the first emergence of the Internet in Australia.

In 1991 Simon founded Internode and grew it to become a very large privately held Australian broadband company.

By 2011, Internode employed around 450 staff, with nearly 200,000 customers and an annual turnover of more than $180m. Simon agreed to sell Internode to iiNet in December 2011, and continued as Internode Managing Director until his transition to joining the iiNet board as a non-executive director in August 2012.

In late 2012 Simon started a new company called Base64 Pty Ltd, located at (and managing) a property that is (not surprisingly) called … Base64.

It is located just out of the Adelaide central business district in Kent Town, South Australia. You can read a little bit more about Base64 here.

Some other businesses are expected to emerge from (and to be located at) base64 in the future.

He has also made a few other investments, including the ones noted here and there.

In November 2013, Simon was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of NBNCo Limited. He resigned from the iiNet board as a part of the transition to NBNCo.

Simon has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. Amongst the key ones are: Future in Review (FiRe) 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award (USA); ACOMMS Telecommunications Ambassador Award (2008); and Bulletin-Microsoft Smart 100 Information Technology & Communications Award (2004), which recognised his role as “a thinker and a doer; a businessman who proudly wears his tech-savvies on his sleeve”.

Simon is a fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS) and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

He has held board positions with the Adelaide Fringe, m.Net Corporation and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). He was a founding director of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and the founding president of the South Australian Internet Association.


On a more personal note…

I am a keen pilot, qualified and actively flying various fixed wing aircraft including motor gliders like my Stemme S10-VT, light aircraft (Cirrus SR22 GTS Turbo) and more recently the less light (and quite amazing) PC-12NG.

I love electric cars, and especially my rocking (and amazingly quick) Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport.

My Tesla Roadster Sport

I’m eagerly awaiting delivery of the first Tesla Model S to be delivered in Australia.

I had a great adventure with the first Tesla Roadster to appear in Australia, back in 2009, that you can read about here.

4 thoughts on “About Simon

  1. Simon> That is so ‘very cool’ that you are awaiting delivery into AUS of your Model S. I recently went for a ride in the Roadster owned by a local in Wellington NZ. I was so impressed with Tesla that I started freelance ‘affiliate marketing’ in NZ for Jay & Rudi .. I talked briefly to Jay with a view to get a ‘rolling chassis’ display into NZ when available, and put it on display in a PRIME location 5 star green building in Wellington City. Regards, Peter

  2. Simon, great trip from EUR in the PC12. An old friend Bruce Tulloch told me about it. I’m thinking about doing same in a Kingair B200 (return to Eur via US) and am keen to know whether you used a flight planning/ops company and how they went. Thanks, David

  3. I share your enthusiasm for both aviation and electric vehicles Simon!

    I just got bitten by the Tesla bug courtesy of a pal at Google. He had just gotten his Model S, and took me for a long-ish spin from Los Altos up to his place in the Santa Cruz mountains to recover old Pet Shop Boys and Frankie Goes To Hollywood pop-song source code off some old 8 inch Fairlight floppies. The whole thing was a raging success, and now I am after a Roadster. Simon, if you think it’s rough getting a new Tesla Roadster imported down here, try getting a used one imported… :-(

    Ironically, some aircraft are easier! Shipping a 2.5 RHD Roadster from Japan is only about $2K, drive-on-drive-off. But then there’s GST, and 5% import duty on the sales price, and then the software changes, inspections, “luxury” car tax, etc.

    David, if you see this, where do you know Bruce from? I used to work with him in the late 80′s and then again just recently we both had some peripheral involvement in another Fairlight project.

    Thanks, Joe

  4. The plates on the Tesla are a winner.
    I wondered where you’d got to :) as its been more than a decade since I saw you last, in Sydney. Hope things are going well.

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