Making the Break from Employee to Entrepreneur with Steve Sammartino

  • August 27, 2014 · 6:30 PM

On August 27, EC will be hearing from one of Australia's most renowned Entrepreneurs, Steve Sammartino. Steve is the founder of, runs the world's most popular startup/entrepreneur blog, co-invented the first life size lego car run solely on air and now author of the new book, The Great Fragmentation. Steve has a background in the corporate world however after years of working in marketing for some of the world's largest companies, he made the break to become a full time Entrepreneur. On the night he will be sharing about his journey of stepping away from the corporate world and how it was a game changer for him. 

Steve is without a doubt one of the best and most sought after speakers in Australia. Due to his popularity, this event will sell out so RSVP now to grab a seat. 

Key points about Steve:

Steve Sammartino is a business person (Marketing) - a rare kind who has worked in the largest of companies, including the world’s biggest advertising agency and the world’s biggest Consumer Goods Company (both at Director level) as well as startups he’s founded and sold.

He’s also done a lot of crazy projects including putting a lego space shuttle into actual earth orbit, and is a Director at Australia's first new car company in over thirty years (

He lectures part time at Melbourne University, and recently got a book deal with Wiley, discussing the digital revolution and what it means for business.

Steve is involved in the venture capital industry and invests in business & new technology. His blog also has over 30,000 readers a month (Startup Blog) and is the biggest in its category. It’s been in Australia's top 10 the past 5 years.

He helped with the creation of a full sized car with an engine made of lego and an engine which runs on air – it was crowdfunded via twitter.

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  • Jessica

    Hi guys! I am looking forward to meeting someone who are interested in running international business/online business.

    4 · August 21

    • Michael C.

      Hi Jessica love to talk tonight. I have online projects

      August 27

    • Brandon

      Hi all! I wonder whether I can join or not! I am interested in internatinal business as well! especially China!

      September 8

  • Al

    Hi people looking forward to this event and meeting great people. I am keen to talk to anybody in app development if anybody is interested. I had an app developed at my last employer and they have dropped it, even though it has received international awards, as I am not there to push it forward. Looking to build it again :)

    1 · August 26

    • Al

      Hi Jayman...send me an email if you would like meet and [masked]

      August 28

    • Brandon

      What kind of app it is? I am interested

      September 8

  • Jerry

    Wonderful energy from the crowd - and inspiring talk from Steve . The "woodchips" comment resonated with me. Did any else have a summary takeaway from Steve's talk ?

    August 28

  • Trevor P.

    Went home with a renewed sense of purpose and a head spinning with ideas. Just stopped short of waking my 14 year old daughter to tell her I've just found the ideal career for her - Entrepreneur. Instead, told her this morning.

    August 28

  • Brett G.

    Awesome speaker really enjoyed it

    August 28

  • Dennis B.

    Awesome night ! Thanks Steve for d talk. Big thanks to Karina and Dom for organising it! It was my first meetup. Will definitely attend future ones. :-)

    1 · August 28

  • Emma C.

    one of our best events yet - great crowd, amazing speaker.

    August 28

  • David Di S.

    Great energy last night!

    1 · August 28

  • David Di S.

    Great energy last night!

    August 28

  • Craig L.

    Enjoyable talk and tips. Great crows

    August 28

  • hazel

    Loved it! Friendly group of people, a place I felt at home and welcomed. Took home some "chewable" notations from Steve. Night was awesome! Looking forward to next one ;)

    1 · August 27

  • Tania

    Fantastic event guys !! Well done , Thank you met some awesome people , great networking and such an inspiring presenter.

    2 · August 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. Didn't make it. Am new to Melbourne. Got lost. Gave up after 30 mins and headed back.

    August 27

  • Alexandra S.

    Hello, if anyone in restaurant industry is interested in increasing profits and improve customer service, I am here to help.

    August 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. I left it too late to change my rsvp

    August 27

  • Steve R

    Sorry guys can't make it. Have a great time!

    August 27

  • Dom M.

    Thanks to Bank of Melbourne this is a sponsored event which will have Pizza, Beer & Wine :-)

    4 · August 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so excited for this event!

      August 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello. A freelancer from Mumbai Travelling through Australia to meet like minded people. Excited. :)

    August 27

  • Terri M.

    Sorry I'm moving house...

    August 27

  • Sieu-Kheng N.

    Sorry if I might be asking a question that's already been asked but the event says itll be a sellout but there's no price indicated for the seminar? Is it free?

    August 26

    • Dom M.

      It is free yep. It has a maximum capacity at this venue

      August 26

  • Roxy

    Hi everyone! Looking forward to meeting like minded people :)

    August 26

  • George L.

    Hi all, George from BajaBoard ( Can't wait to meet Steve next week to challenge the Tomcar to a race.

    August 23

    • George L.

      As long as there's a secure place to put it during the talk? We are actually just up the road at 1 Queens Rd.

      August 25

    • Robert W.

      You're welcome to lock it up in our office

      1 · August 25

  • Sandey M.

    Hi - just joined.. Look forward to meeting like-minded peeps ! cheers, Sandey

    2 · August 23

  • Cam

    Hi all, Cam from Commoner here.
    New to the group. See you on Wednesday.

    August 22

  • Josh R.

    Will Steve's The Great Fragmentation book be available for purchase on the night ?

    1 · July 15

  • MissJ

    Relatively new to Melb. Looking forward to this event and meeting people from this group.

    1 · August 20

  • Minh S.

    Morning guys! Wish everyone all the best! This sounds like a great opportunity to meet like minded friends

    August 20

  • Tania

    Hi I am new to the group. Looking forward to this event - looks awesome

    August 20

  • Rebecca P.

    am there!

    August 19

  • Anthony

    Always creating great events Dom, looking forward to more inspirational connections

    August 19

  • Alex

    Wow, this is so awesome! Cant wait to meet him and all the like minded people this is going to be so much fun, see you there.

    August 18

  • Tim S.

    Hi all, I'm new. Looking forward to meeting a lot of like minded people. This event looks great.

    1 · August 4

    • Najlaa

      Agree Tim :) same here.... Looking Forward To Connect

      August 16

    • Kate K.

      Great networking opportunity - I am new too.

      August 17

  • David

    Leggo Marketing..... love it

    July 22

  • Tony C.

    Hello! Hope you enjoy the content.

    1 · July 17

  • Christina A.

    Hello everyone, I am new to this group :-)

    1 · July 16

  • Cheryl (Chez) P.

    Sounds very impressive what an inspiraton! Love the lego car!

    July 14

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