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 as a software engineer, he founded a software company and with a team of developers and delivered 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 practise 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.
Ethan McCoyGIS/Front End Dev
GIS/Front End DevEthan is a GIS expert with a Bachelor's degree in Cartography. He’s been responsible for the technical aspects of our GIS operations and has a love for front-end development. He’s the brains behind the GIS front-end development of Builder’s E-Commerce, starting on BuildSort. He’s coded up Builder’s E-Commerce up from scratch. He’s made the impossible possible through sheer determination. No challenge has been too hard, and he seeks them out. When he’s not coding, he’s playing a new puzzle game on his phone.
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.
Anouk PinchettiBlockchain & Cryptocurrency Advisor
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency AdvisorAnouk Pinchetti is a consultant of the Blockchain Centre in Melbourne and co-founder of Intraverse Technologies blockchain. Anouk has spent 20 years studying alternative currencies and spent the last two years giving workshops on currency design and Blockchain technology. He has consulted to a range of Australian corporates and start-up businesses alike, including JetStar, Blockgrain and Marketplace IT.
Assoc. Prof. Steven RowleyHousing Industry Expert & Advisor
Assoc. Prof. Steven Rowley
Housing Industry Expert & AdvisorAssociate Professor Steven Rowley is Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute at Curtin Research Centre. Steven has an interest in the economics around Housing, town planning and affordability
Mark HarrisEconomics Expert & Advisor
Economics Expert & AdvisorMark Harris is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the Curtin University School of Economics and Finance Mark was nominated by the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts as an ‘expert of international standing’. Recently Mark has undertaken a significant amount of research into the broad area of big data and trade flows.
The Journey so Far
January 2014Curtin Incubate Participant
June 2014New Industries WA Grant Winner
December 2014Builders E-Commerce Launched
May 2016SPUR powered by Landgate Grant Winner
January 2017Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow Winner
February 2017INCITE Awards Startup of the Year
December 2017SPUR powered by Landgate Grant Winner
April 2018BlockEngine Winner - Best Blockchain Solution
COMING SOON - December 2018BuildSort Prototype Ready
COMING SOON - June 2019Global Launch