Telford was Founder and CEO of Covata (ASX:CVT), until recently exiting after 10 years. He undertook the company IPO, successfully raised over $40m and expanded into the U.S. and UK/Europe. The companies market cap reached $300m delivering substantial gains for pre-IPO investors. His time as CEO included the invaluable experience of 2 years in the U.S. technology sector out of Washington DC and San Francisco. After restructuring the Board and ushering in a new CEO, Telford has taken time out; assisting Australian technology companies launching locally and in the U.S.
Telford has 20 years’ track record in the technology sector across markets including Asia, Europe and the US. He is a well-versed entrepreneur with hands-on experience in technology capital markets (private and public), software product roadmaps, building software engineering teams, capital and debt structuring, growth strategies, board and corporate governance, investor relations, international expansion and legal and compliance issues.
Prior to Covata, Telford had a successful start-up in Sydney specialising in telco/mobile marketing in partnership with STW/WPP (now WPP Aunz Limited). Telford was previously Chairman of an Australian ASX listed biotech company and learnt the in/outs of the technology industry at one of the world’s first NASDAQ listed global technology consulting companies – Seranova. Prior to this Telford was with Bankers Trust and Deutsch Bank in London.