Friday Five: M5 Networks’ Matthew Wilson


Matthew Wilson is the managing director of M5 Networks Australia, specialists in business VoIP. But go back to 1995 and you would have found him poring over green screen terminals and experiencing the internet for the first time. We’ve come a long way since then!

What was your first job ever?

Business Analyst with Dun & Bradstreet. Green screen mainframe terminals were the business tool of the day at D&B in 1995 (yes 1995); it was in D&B’s IT test lab where I first experienced the Internet.

What do you most like about working in Australia’s technology industry?

Technology is an industry where you are constantly surrounded by very clever people, people much smarter than you are. There is something very satisfying about coming to work and being taught new things every day.

What’s your hobby?

I enjoy reading and the very occasional a round of golf, but my most favourite release from the pressures of the office is my family. My wife Joy and I have 18-month old twins, and every day we have a new development to enjoy. This week it has been my daughter discovering how to open the doors in the house – it’s a game changer.

What can Australia do better to help grow a great technology sector?

Build better networks. As an Australian application service provider, the biggest impediment to consistent performance and pricing I see is the state of connectivity options and availability. The NBN offers Australia a once-in-a-generation opportunity to super-charge a knowledge industry and create long term competitive advantage.

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

My father and brother. My father is an entrepreneur and business sage, as is my brother, who along with two school mates started NutrientWater, one the fastest growing drinks brands in the country. Both have taught me to persist with an idea you believe in, and the rest of the world will eventually catch up with you.

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