Meet the Founder: David Merson, Mincom

David Merson

Date: Thursday 9 June
Time: 5.00pm Canapes, 6.00pm start
Location: The Brown Lecture Theatre, NICTA, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville, MAP


This Thursday, NICTA and The Melbourne School of Engineering present the next session in the Meet The Founder free lecture series with Mincom founder, David Merson.

During the 1970s much of the Australian mining industry’s computing was provided by US-based mainframe computer utilities, with limited mining applications software.

In 1979, combining new hardware technology, a new business model for computing service delivery, superior software applications, and just $50,000 of capital, Brisbane-based David Merson founded Mincom (a contraction of the term “mining computing”). He was to remain its CEO until 2000.

During his tenure, Mincom grew to be Australia’s largest software developer and exporter, with revenue of $200 million, 1300 staff, 20 offices around the world, and global leadership in a number of software categories.

Since retiring from Mincom, David has become a director of a number of Australian software companies, research institutes and charitable institutions. His achievements have been recognised with an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Centenary Medal from the Australian Government, the Export Hero award from the Australian Institute of Export, the inaugural Australian Information Technology Association’s Gold award, and the inaugural CSIRO award for individual achievement in the IT industry (2005).

Come and  listen to David discuss his entrepreneurial journey.

Please RSVP to Katya Baxter at NICTA by Tuesday 7 June.