Our Team and Journey
The building and construction industry comes with an extreme amount of risk and responsibility. Difficulty and friction in the building supply chain is not unheard of - it's a well-known problem that BuildSort seeks to address.
BuildSort is the culmination of four years of product design and R&D. This page gives you insight on our team and journey.
Meet the BuildSort Team
Chris DorianCEO & Co-Founder
CEO & Co-FounderChris has 17 years experience as a structural engineer, of those working in Australia, UK, India, and the Caribbean Islands of Turks & Caicos. He was responsible for projects valued up to US$1bn and has worked with architects such as Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, and Shigeru Ban. Chris has on worked projects from small house renovations to large infrastructure projects for BHP-Billiton. Having worked as a project manager on design and construct projects (D&C) valued up to $20m, Chris has experienced almost every aspect of the construction industry and the problems it faces.
Ryan HowCTO & Co-Founder
CTO & Co-FounderRyan has over 25 years of experience in software development across the construction, environmental and financial industries. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Software Engineering from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, Ryan founded a software company worked with a team of developers to deliver software for several high-profile and multinational clients, including Alcoa and Rio Tinto. He became captivated by decentralized software architecture during his degree and ever since has been actively working to bring decentralized applications to the mainstream. At the end of the day what drives him is seeing software that empowers the end user.
Aaron D'cruzCMO & Co-Founder
CMO & Co-FounderAaron is a full-stack marketer with front-end development, UI/UX design and strategic marketing experience. His wide-ranging marketing insights and practice comes from experience in the Dubai real-estate market, running his own marketing services agency, and work at Norwood Systems; a publicly listed technology company. Aaron is also a Director of the Ministry of Data, an NFP that hosts innovation and hackathon programs for the WA Government. At Norwood Systems, Aaron led countless marketing campaigns, spurring the generation of over 5 million downloads of their flagship app in 18 months, while turning it into the top travel app in over 20 countries on the Apple App Store. Aaron started Marvela Media, a marketing company as a passion project with clients like Norwood Systems, Illuminance Solutions, WestTech Assemblage, Borderless Gandhi, Perth Legal Hackers, and Ministry of Data. As a keen practitioner of human-centred design, Aaron is committed to solving deep-rooted and pervasive problems to make a positive impact on businesses and the customers they serve. Aaron leads BuildSort’s global marketing and growth strategy, and is the designer behind BuildSort’s product (UI & UX) and branding.
COOLee is a Structural Engineer and project manager with 9 years experience. He’s been working with Chris since finishing university. He’s been challenged by running the operations of a structural engineering consultancy and had experience of running projects up to $50million in value for BHP-Billiton.
BIM/GISEddie has worked with Chris since 2007 in the Turks & Caicos islands. There the projects included Dellis Cay, Ritz Carlton, and many more. Eddie is our resident BIM expert, and proficient in GIS.
Peter PonsFull Stack Dev
Full Stack DevPeter is an accomplished full-stack developer. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including over 6 years of experience in the banking sector, where he successfully delivered multiple projects. He’s skilled in full lifecycle development and agile practices. When it comes to unsolved problems, Peter is a terminator. He will work tirelessly until he has come up with a solution and implemented it. He wields a swiss army knife of skills and meticulously tackles anything that comes his way, the more complex the better. He always maintains an impeccable standard of work and holds others to the same standard.
Danielle SzethoFinTech Expert and Advisor
FinTech Expert and AdvisorDanielle Szetho is an internationally recognised FinTech and Blockchain industry specialist, a highly regarded speaker, startup mentor and advisor. Until recently, Danielle was the inaugural CEO of FinTech Australia, Australia’s national fintech industry association.
Greg DuncanRisk and Insurance Advisor
Operations Vice President, ANZClient Services, FM Global; Risk and Insurance AdvisorGreg currently works at FM Global, a large global property insurance company. In his current role, Greg manages a team of Account Managers, Underwriters and Technical Specialists to provide property insurance to many of the largest companies in Australia and New Zealand. Greg is the industry leader for the Health, Education and Manufacturing industries. During his time at FM Global Greg has held several other roles including Chief Risk Officer and Group Manager of FM Global Business Risk Consulting throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining FM Global in 2009, Greg had 11 years experience in banking, financial services and corporate consulting. Greg holds a Graduate Diploma of Finance (Risk Management) from ANZIIF, a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology (Sydney) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA Exec) from the University of New South Wales. Greg is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Insurance Professional. Greg is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ali NobleBIM and AEC Advisor
BIM and AEC AdvisorA passionate enthusiast continually striving to have a positive impact within construction. Ali is the founder of BIMWest, and committee member, Event Coordinators of the Lean Construction Institute.
Philip BeadleDistributed Ledger Technical Advisor
Chief Engineer, Holochain; Distributed Ledger Technical AdvisorPhilip is the Chief Engineer at Holochain with extensive experience in distributed architecture.
Josh HuntLegal Advisor
Partner, Hopgood Ganim; Legal AdvisorJosh advises clients in the emerging area of cryptocurrencies, Token Generation Events, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and distributed ledger financial technologies. He is a member of the Western Australian working group and advisory board for the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA). In addition, Josh provides stock exchange and listing rule compliance advice, capital markets, corporate and strategic advice, general securities and commercial law advice.
The Journey so Far
January 2014Curtin Incubate Participant
December 2014Builders E-Commerce Launched
January 2017Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow Winner
February 2017INCITE Awards Startup of the Year
April 2018BlockEngine Winner - Best Blockchain Solution
COMING SOON - August 2019BuildSort Prototype Ready
COMING SOON - November 2019Global Launch