YOW! Australia was started in 2008 by visionary thinker Dave Thomas, best known as the founder and past CEO of OTI (until it was bought out by IBM). He now runs Bedarra Research Labs (BRL) which specializes in emerging software technologies and practices and is based in Canada.
Dave has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, consultant, architect, executive and investor. With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, Dave was recognised as an ACM Distinguished Engineer in 2006 and has served on the ACM awards committee for the past 3 years.
He is also an adjunct research professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and Carleton University in Canada.
Through Bedarra, Dave has been an investor, and virtual executive and advisor to numerous high tech start-ups in Australia, Canada, Europe and US. He was a co-founder of the OCRI (now Invest Ottawa), and active contributor to Student Venture Competition and Lead to Win supporting start ups.