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 been making various investments into various things in the meantime, including (for example) AvSoft, Redflow, VAF ResearchBlueChilli and UltraServe.

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 the board of NBNCo.

Simon joined the board of Redflow in November 2014. In August 2015, he was appointed as the board Chairman. In October 2015 he was appointed Executive Chairman.

He resigned from the board of NBNCo in April 2016 to focus on Redflow. He was appointed the CEO of Redflow in September 2016.

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


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.

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 Tesla Model S’s to the stable at home, and now we no longer drive anything that burns fossil fuels. We also make most of our transport energy on the rooftops of our house and our office.

Its a great feeling.


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