– EY Judging Panel, Eastern Region Entrepreneur Of The Year™
Fred Schebesta is the co-founder and CEO of finder.com.au and finder.com, an entrepreneur, award-winning digital marketer, author, media commentator, mentor and active member of the startup, crypto and small business communities.
Fred has also recently gone back to his roots by launching and testing other businesses. He has just launched HiveEx.com, a cryptocurrency OTC for accredited investors, and is planning to launch others very soon.
His entrepreneurial journey started well before Finder. At just 22 – while still at university – Fred, together with his business partner and school friend Frank Restuccia, created Freestyle Media. They grew the business into a successful digital marketing agency that sold to a publicly listed company in 2007.
Their next venture was finder.com.au, which exploded into the comparison market in 2009 – one of the most highly competitive internet categories.
Finder was born out of a simple concept: to educate Australians and directly compare student credit cards. The magic sauce was leveraging all the proven and best practice digital marketing strategies they used to sell to their clients.
Over the years, it expanded and evolved to compare a range of products across different industries. Today, Finder compares virtually everything from cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets, credit cards and insurance to savings, travel, technology and electronics. Attracting over 4 million visits per month, Fred’s vision is to better all the world’s decisions by building “the Amazon of comparison”.
Following the success of finder.com.au, Fred launched finder.com in the United States in July 2015 and in the United Kingdom in February 2017. Today, the company operates in 10 countries, with plans to launch in a further 10 in 2018, and employs about 150 people globally.
As one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Fred has countless accolades to his name, including 3 prestigious awards in 2017 by global professional services company, EY (Ernst & Young): Entrepreneur of the Year, Australian National Winner – Services Category, Australian National Finalist – Eastern Region, and Australian Regional Finalist – Eastern Region. Fred was also awarded ADMA Australian Young Direct Marketer of the Year in 2006, and at just 23, he was listed in Australian Anthill’s 30 under 30.
In both 2011 and 2012, Fred was selected as a judge for the Startup Smart Awards. He was also named in Business Insider’s 2016 Coolest 100 people in Australian tech.
Passionate about sharing his success and giving back to the business community, Fred authored the popular ebook, ‘How to create an Online Marketing Campaign that Sells’. He also regularly speaks at marketing, business and entrepreneurial events such as Enterprise Nation Startup2018 in London in January 2018, as well as CeBIT, The Growth Marketing Summit Sydney, Project Pitch, Affiliate Marketing Summit and teaches local communities how to market their businesses online through the NSW Department of Industry.
Fred’s most recent speaking events include: RampUp2018 (San Francisco), Engage Bali 2018 (Bali), i3 Equities Forum (Sydney), Queen Mary Business & Enterprise Society, University of London (London), StartUp2018 (London), and StartCon2018 (Sydney).
Fred is active across social media and regularly promotes his speaking events on LinkedIn and YouTube. Fred is well known for his engaging speaking style, appearing on SkyNews UK, and his comments have been featured on Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and The Sydney Morning Herald, among numerous others.