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, which manages a multi-tenanted 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.

He has made investments into various things in the meantime, including  AvSoft, EvokeRedflow, VAF ResearchBlueChilli and UltraServe.

Simon was a non-executive director on the board of NBNCo Limited, from November 2013 until April 2016.

Simon is the largest investor in, a board director of, and a technology evangelist for Redflow Limited.

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

He has also 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. He received the Charles Todd Medal for contributions to Australian Telecommunications in 2014.

The Hackett Foundation undertakes some targeted philanthropy work in support of community endeavours that our family wishes to support – most notably including the presenting sponsorship of WOMADelaide. Other things the foundation has supported include some aviation-related entities of benefit to the community such as Airborne Research Australia and the RFDS. The foundation choses its own beneficiaries based on its own internal criterial and it is not seeking unsolicited proposals.


On a more personal note…

I am a keen pilot, qualified and actively flying various fixed wing aircraft including motor gliders like the unique Stemme S10-VT, the Cirrus SR22 and the fantastic Pilatus PC12. I like it the PC12 so much that I made a Pilatus PC-12NG Testimonial about it.

I also love electric cars.

My Tesla Roadster Sport

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

We have subsequently added some more Tesla vehicles to the garage at home – and I’ve done a  Tesla testimonial as well.

We no longer have any cars at home that burn fossil fuels. We also make most of our transport energy on the rooftops of our house and our office, and most of the electrons that go into our vehicles come from solar panels, directly or time-shifted through Redflow batteries.

Its a great feeling.


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