Juggle Street, the two-sided marketplace helping juggling families, announces two new Board appointments

Juggle Street, the on-demand, real-time job platform, helping working families manage their busy lives, has today welcomed Hugh Bickerstaff, as a non-executive director, and Marina Go as a non-executive director and Chair.

Founder & CEO David James said the two appointments will provide invaluable expertise in the digital media industry and assist with capital raising as Juggle Street enters new job verticals such as home tutoring and prepares for international expansion.

James said, “I am very excited to welcome Marina and Hugh to the Juggle Street board. Their personal and business experience will play a vital role in defining the company’s expansion strategy and help build Juggle Street into a premium brand trusted by millions of families in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers Rugby League Club, Chair of Office Brands, and non-executive director of various companies and non-for-profits including Energy Australia, 7-Eleven, Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Walkley Foundation. Marina brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, and as the mother of two, understands the ‘daily juggle’ of today’s working families.

“I have a strong interest in sectors that matter, and organisations that are focused on innovative solutions for their customers. Juggle Street offers a real-time platform to connect parents with child carers, and in doing so is providing an opportunity for women in particular, to return to the workforce to progress their careers and financial security,” said Ms Go.

“I enjoy the agility and innovation of tech startups and look forward to contributing in my role as Juggle Street Chair. I believe there is enormous opportunity for the business to scale and add real value to the lives of its customers, and ultimately its shareholders.”

Joining Go is Hugh Bickerstaff, a father of four, and the Chief Investment Officer for Investible, a global early stage investment company. As a leading player in Australia’s technology industry Hugh brings more than 30 years experience in building some of the nation’s most successful and fastest growing technology companies.

“I was an active user of Juggle Street before I met the founder. The platform fixes everyday problems for working families and always made perfect sense to me. David James is an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record of success, and the team’s focus on the unit economics of the business have impressed me,” Bickerstaff said.

“Joining the Board provides me with an opportunity to share my experience in scaling startups and support the rapid growth of this exciting business.”

Since its launch in Sydney in 2014 Juggle Street has raised $2.1million of funding and operates Australia wide. It is currently raising a $1.25million round and has already secured the majority of the round through Investible, NewsCorp Scaleup Media Fund and existing investors. The company is confident of closing the remainder of the round shortly. 

As he ventured into his fifth startup, Juggle Street founder David James, was inspired by his own journey of living on “juggle street” with four children spanning daycare, primary school, high school and university with his wife also working.

“Over the past three decades there has been a fundamental shift in the structure of our workforce. There are more than 2.1 million working mothers in Australia, and over 65% of mothers return to work after their first child.

“Families where both mum and dad work has become the ‘norm’. With this shift, the demand for local help just keeps increasing, as working mums are being forced to outsource more of their childcare needs. Busy parents, babysitters, nannies and home tutors, we all live on the same streets; we just don’t meet each other anymore. This is where Juggle Street comes in,” James said.

With a leading-edge technology platform and a disruptive business model, Juggle Street is offering parents an affordable, real-time solution to all their in-home childcare needs. Juggle Street has over 44,000 registered families and helpers in Australia. This month it will expand into home tutoring and is planning its New Zealand launch for August.

Marina Go and Hugh Bickerstaff will join existing board directors, Karen Phin, David James and Amr Elsayed.

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About Juggle Street

Juggle Street is a neighbourhood marketplace providing a real-time job platform to help working families manage their busy lives. Juggle Street is unlocking a new, underutilized pool of local helpers who are keen to provide services such as before and after school care, nannying, home tutoring, and in-home care. Established in Sydney in July 2014 Juggle Street has over 44,000 registered users across Australia. Parent’s set the price of each job and it is posted to a list of helpers chosen by the parent for that job. Each helper decides to apply or decline in real time. The entire process is completed online in minutes via SMS. Families can pay for each job they post or subscribe to a 3 month or annual plan.

About Marina Go

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Office Brands, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She is also on the Advisory Boards of the Australian Republic Movement and Background, an innovative creative agency startup, and was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer MediaBoss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management and is the mother of two sons.

About Hugh Bickerstaff

Hugh Bickerstaff has been a leading player in Australia’s technology industry for more than 30 years. With first-hand experience in building some of Australia’s most successful and fastest growing technology companies including; MD & Group Director of Impact Systems (Logica Business Solutions), CEO of Secure Innovations (sold to Telstra SNP in 2014), HiSoft Computers and the Volante Group. 

As a founding member of the Volante Group, Hugh was instrumental to elevating Volante Group to become Australia’s leading ASX listed IT infrastructure, professional services and outsourcing solutions organization.  With over 850 employees and revenues in excess of $450m and net profit of $10m before his exit in 2007.

Hugh is passionate about building successful technology businesses and helping talented founders to grow their startup businesses, having himself graduated from the Harvard Business School’s TGMP program.

Hugh is now the Chief Investment Officer for Investible, a global early-stage investment company that provides founders with the financial and intellectual capital required to grow and scale their businesses. He champions and scouts exciting investments for a Club of Angel Investors across the globe. He has been appointed as the Chairman and Advisory Board Member for a suite of startups including Groupee, Elanation, Super Fast Diet and INAMO.

Hugh is a dedicated father to 4 amazing kids, an avid sailor and enjoys a nice red on occasion. To give back he also contributed to the not for profit space as a council member of Tresillian Family Care for nine years.


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