What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative that was launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. Anthill’s editorial team then trawls through hundreds of applications and identifies and profiles the top 30 Australian entrepreneurs under the age of 30. The process culminates in an event held in Melbourne where the 30 winners network and celebrate. We’ve been releasing profiles of this year’s Anthill 30under30 winners via our Twitter account – youngest to oldest. Read 30under30 winners, 2009 (The Full List)
Name: Clint Walker
Age: 29 (b. 1980)
Company: Run with Robots
Clint Walker believes that motivation comes only after actions. His accomplishments aren’t the cause of anything he did but, rather, are symptoms of someone making lots of executions.
As one of this year’s 30under30 winners, Walker was instrumental in building, running and selling the enormously successful Rising Sun Research (RSR), which was also named the Coolest of the Cool at Anthill’s 2007 Cool Company Awards. He’s now in startup round two with his second company, Run with Robots.
As CEO of RSR, Walker helped the company achieve over 100 percent annual revenue growth and attract high-profile Hollywood clients such as Disney, CNN and Pixar. The company won numerous other awards, including ‘Most Innovative Company’ 08 presented in the New York.
After helping to secure a successful exit for RSR to a US corporation last year, Walker dived straight into building his next venture, the virtual technology company Run with Robots.
“I have run the ‘start a company to solve a problem’ race more than once, and consider each race as training for the next,” says Walker. His track record at RSR helped him to raise sufficient new capital during the leanest ‘post-crash’ four months of 2008.
So what kept Walker going and going?
“Who knows. Really. It’s all the usual things, and then none of them,” he says. “At the end of the day, I’m just so damn intensely into what I’m working on that somehow the universe bends into that shape.”
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACCORDING TO CLINT
What activities occupy your average day as an entrepreneur?
I’m CEO for round two in startup land. Right now that means I do all the impressive sounding things like company strategy, competitive landscape analysis, capital raising and corporate pitching. It also means that between me and my co-founder, we’re also coding, designing, developing, accounting, shoe-shining and coffee making. It’s funny because we’re right back to the quintessential startup — two guys in a garage, hacking away all hours of the day and night to build something of value and eat a lot of pizza.
Clint Walker interviewed as CEO of Rising Sun Research