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James Tuckerman, The Anthill Story


Anthill Magazine was launched in September 2003 by its current editor-in-chief James Tuckerman, who at the age of 26 quit his day job, departing a promising career in corporate PR, to pursue his own entrepreneurial journey.

Since then, Anthill has grown Anthill into one of Australia’s leading media brands for business owners and innovative professionals, built around initiatives such as the Cool Company Awards, 30under30, the Smart 100 and Pitch Club.

In 2009, Anthill scaled back on its print magazine activities to focus on digital publishing. It is now listed among the Top 50 Business & Finance websites in Australia (Nielsen Online Ratings) and recognised one of Australia’s leading media websites, according to the Audit Bureaux of Australia.

To catch a glimpse of Anthill’s humble beginnings, courtesy of ABC Television, click below.

James Tuckerman & Anthill Magazine, 2003

James Tuckerman is best known as Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Anthill Magazine.

Actively engaged in the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia, James has been responsible for the launch of numerous initiatives and programs designed to support the development of new Australian businesses. These initiatives include the Cool Company Awards, 30under30, the Smart 100 and Pitch Club.  He is an enthusiastic and sought after public speaker, often engaged to deliver keynote presentations and moderate events.

Trained in law at the University of Melbourne, James commenced his career as a public relations consultant, for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, where he specialised in corporate finance and investor relations communications, providing consultancy services to some of Australia’s largest and most respected corporate institutions, including Telstra, Holden, AAMI and JB Were.

During his investor relations career, he contributed to the success of numerous finance and venture capital public awareness campaigns, for both government and private enterprise, and has provided consultancy services to assist with the introduction of several fast-growth companies to the Australian stock exchange (ASX).

At the age of 26, James launched Anthill Magazine from the spare bedroom of his parent’s home in September 2003, with $28,000 in personal savings and no experience in the publishing world. Since then, he has grown Anthill from the seed of concept to become one of Australia’s leading media brands for business owners and innovative professionals.

James’ success was recognised at the Australian Bell Awards, presented by the Australian Specialist and Business Publishers Association in 2005. James received the award for Best Small Publisher (for the second year running). James has used his success to support activities designed to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Australia, launching the Cool Company Awards (to recognise rule changing companies), 30under30 (an awards program to support young entrepreneurs), the Smart 100 (to promote innovative products and services) and  Pitch Club (a networking series to facilitate investment in new companies).

James holds bachelor’s degrees in Law (with Honours) and Arts from the University of Melbourne Australia.

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