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Nov 20 2014

Aconex IPO signposts VC exit

Aconex’s private equity partner Francisco Partners will exit the business comforted by a US$23.5 million cash compensation payment. The Australian Business Review (see also report by Reuters) underlines one impact of the resurrected Aconex IPO: US private equity firm Francisco Partners will terminate its involvement in the Melbourne-based SaaS construction collaboration technology business, just over six years …

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Jul 22 2014

New chairman at Aconex

Aconex, the Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration technology provider, has appointed a new chairman. Simon Yencken, who succeeded the then embattled Martin Hosking in June 2011, has stepped down (but will remain a director) and Adam Lewis (right), a non-executive director since November 2011, is the new chairman. Today’s boardroom reshuffle announcement has also seen Keith Geeslin, a …

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Jul 18 2014

Aconex to float on ASX?

The Australian Financial Review is reporting that Aconex is preparing for an initial public offering on the Australian Stock Exchange. The Melbourne-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor (now sporting a shiny new corporate identity) is said to be working with investment banks UBS and Macquarie Capital to prepare a road show for fund managers in …

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Feb 19 2013

16 reasons why nobody yet dominates the construction SaaS collaboration sector

Despite widespread adoption of SaaS-based construction collaboration platforms and wider acceptance of SaaS, no company has achieved real dominance across any major regional, national or vertical AEC market. Why? [Warning: this is a longer-than-usual post!] By revenues and (notwithstanding recent restructuring) by manpower, Aconex is the biggest player in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based construction collaboration …

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Nov 01 2011

Aconex appoints new non-execs

Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration technology provider, Aconex has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board, and replaced a third (see news release). Former McKinsey managing partner Adam Lewis brings 20 years’ experience in advising major firms and governments, with a client portfolio including steel, mining, chemicals, retail, telecommunications and retail banking industries. He …

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Jun 17 2011

Hosking steps down at Aconex

Martin Hosking resigned as a director and chairman of Melbourne, Australia-based construction collaboration technology provider Aconex on 15 June, according to a news release on its website. Mr Hosking will now “focus on his role as CEO of RedBubble,” having over the last seven years helped increase revenue by over 15 times. He is succeeded as chairman by …

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Feb 17 2011

Aconex director under scrutiny

It appears that defeat of a minority shareholder’s resolution to remove the Aconex chairman Martin Hosking at an EGM last month (post 1, post 2) hasn’t ended the discontent within the highest echelons of the Melbourne-based construction collaboration technology business. Questions have now been asked about the role of another member of the board, with …

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Feb 17 2011

Accounting for Aconex

The recent boardroom bickering at Melbourne, Australia-based construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex prompted me to take a look at its recent financial performance, just in case there were financially-inspired reasons behind the apparent shareholder unrest. While the pre-credit crunch double-digit growth figures are no longer being achieved, it appears the international spread of Aconex’s operations …

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Jan 18 2011

Boardroom bickering back on the Aconex agenda

In a recurrence of wrangling that appeared concluded in 2008, a shareholder in Australia-based construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex has forced an Extraordinary General Meeting in Melbourne on 28 January 2011. The only resolution before that meeting seeks the immediate removal of chairman Martin Hosking as director of the company and was “received on behalf …

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Nov 30 2009

Rob Phillpot on Aconex, APIs and acquisitions

Following my recent posts on Aconex‘s API announcement and its 2009 financial results, I spent 40 minutes quizzing Rob Phillpot, company co-founder and General Manager, Product, about planned developments of the Aconex construction collaboration system. It was a fascinating insight into the thinking behind the world’s most widely used SaaS collaboration platform. I was particularly …

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