Atlassian duo top AFR list of most powerful technology influencers

It is no surprise that Atlassian’s co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar take the top two positions in a just-released rating of the top five technology influencers in Australia.

Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are multi-billionaires as a consequence of Atlassian’s rocketing international profile and its $43 billion valuation. 

In listing its annual list top five influencers in various categories including law, the Australian Financial Review says: 

“Atlassian’s two founders remain the beacon of success for Australian business, having built a company that precious few people actually understand but which is now worth more than Telstra.” 


Mike Cannon-Brookes who also finds time away from the business world to campaign stridently for a home-grown national energy policy that is “clean, cheap and reliable” and to support technology start-ups.

Scott Farquhar prefers to keep a lower profile than Cannon-Brookes but has a weighty influence on the technology scene. He is also prominent in influencing governments to include tech hubs in building plans for growing cities.

Karen Andrews is the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology charged with rebuilding the Government’s relationship with the local technology scene after it was largely ignored by the previous Governments policy making. 

Rod Sims is the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman and released the commission’s report into the influence of Google and Facebook in Australia and the option of curbing their power.

Melanie Silva has been managing director of Google’s Australian and New Zealand operations since taking over 12 months ago and steering the company through an often difficult year.