Mark Trescowthick

Mark has over 30 year technology experience including 20 as the CEO of one of Australia’s leading enterprise software development firms - GUI Computing. GUI was recognised in the 90’s and early 2000’s as the developer of choice when the problem was a bit more than just average and boasted an array of clients from BHP and Ford to small startups, across all sectors and covering a breadth of applications. Mark also retained a key role in data modelling and functional design throughout.

As Visual Basic broadened its scope to the web, so GUI also moved there and, amongst other achievements, was the webmaster for Melbourne Water Corporation for over 15 years, most of those with Mark firmly at the helm of day-to-day webmastering operations.

Mark established an enviable reputation in the Microsoft world as the leading knowledge base of Visual Basic development, the country’s largest distributor of software add-ons and then edited Australia’s first Visual Basic developer magazine, Australian Visual Developer’s Forum.

Mark has a long list of achievements including Windows columnist for The Age (Melbourne) in early 90’s, founded, organised and spoke at the first Microsoft Visual Basic developer conference in Australia; was a speaker at the Inaugural Microsft Tech*Ed; co-founded one of Australia’s earliest specialist web development companies, co-founded and advised Modapt (web mobilisation platform) and was the creative force behind the startup MobiPost (dominant messaging provider across 6 countries). Overall, Mark has been an active co-founder, contributor or adviser for no less than 7 startups with 4 having had excellent exits.

These days, Mark prefers to see himself as a software gadabout.