Friday Five: Red Rock’s Jonathan Rubinsztein


Every Friday we’ll profile a prominent figure from Australia’s IT, telecommunications or video gaming industries in the Friday Five.

You might know Jonathan Rubinsztein as the chief executive of UXC subsidiary Red Rock … but did you know that he started a manufacturing company when at university in South Africa or that he like trance music? You will soon, as he’s this week’s guest in the Friday Five.

1. What was your first job ever?

My first job was working for myself in a business that I started whilst doing my university degree in Cape Town. I started a small company manufacturing textiles called Ruby Manufacturing, and grew that to about 30 people whilst at university, My first job where I had to report to someone was at Andersen Consulting in Sydney.

2. What do most like about working in the IT industry?

I get excited by business and change and there isn’t an industry that facilitates change in business like the IT Industry.

3. What’s your hobby?

I have lots of hobbies including travel, reading, classical music, trance music, the beach, eating out, the list doesn’t stop.

4. Where do you think the Australian IT industry will be in five years?

I think there is a polarization and consolidation of the Australian IT industry. We are seeing a few large elephants emerge and a number of small players, and I see this continuing to happen. This is similar to the International IT industry, just possibly 2-3 years behind.

5. What/who has been the biggest inspiration in your career?

My father has been my biggest inspiration. He is an extremely ethical, intelligent and caring person who has supported me and inspired me to be a better person and strive for self actualization, balance and happiness.

Image credit: Red Rock