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Rising Star winner Tommy Bugg’s business tips

The Technology Fast 50 program ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies, based on percentage revenue growth over three years. The competition has been running since 2000 and the 2019 program was proudly sponsored in Australia by the ASX, DLA Piper and NAB. In this blog series, we take a look at the 2019 winners to find out how they got to where they are.


Social media and influencer management company ZOOZ won the 2019 Tech Fast 50 Rising Star award. Co-founder and CEO Tommy Bugg shares his three key business tips.

1.       Maximise your mentors

“I've had a lot of mentors in my life, especially in the early days. I actively reached out to mentors through people I knew were successful already or by reaching out to strangers.

“I'm really lucky now to have some quality mentors from all different industries and different scales of wealth and knowledge. So, I can bounce ideas off them when I need to and they can help with decision making.”

2.       Back yourself

“I’d dedicated my whole life to football and making the decision to leave it was one of the toughest I’ve ever made, but I knew it was the right one.

“I had to back myself and my vision and so I went all in. Business gives me opportunities for growth and to be creative and to innovate. Each day I get the opportunity to maximise my opportunities, my energy and my network.”

3.       Get a great team

“Once I backed myself, then I got other people to buy into my vision and I now have a really strong team, who are as dedicated and passionate as I am.

“I'm not naive enough to think I know it all. So, getting the right people involved in what we're doing to help scale it has made the biggest difference.”

Find out about more about the awards, meet all the 2019 Tech Fast 50 Australia winners and pre-register for 2020 Tech Fast 50.