David Madden (entrepreneur)
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Early life and education
Madden grew up in Canberra and served as an Army officer before studying Arts and Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Madden served as president of the University of New South Wales Student Guild after defeating the Labor Left candidate in a landslide.
In 2004, Madden was one of the founders of Win Back Respect, a web-based campaign against the foreign policy of United States President George W. Bush. The following year, together with Jeremy Heimans, he co-founded GetUp!, a similar campaign against the recently re-elected Howard government in Australia. Madden and Heimans subsequently co-founded Avaaz.org.
In the private sector, Madden is credited with the creation of TwitterPeek, the world's first and only mobile Twitter device for under $100.
- Imagining Australia: Ideas for Our Future
- David Madden Profile at Imagining Australia
- "Climate campaign issues 'wake-up call' to world leaders", The Independent, 7 February 2007
- "Website hopes to spark political interest", ABC 7.30 Report, 4 August, 2005
- "Radical chic - suddenly, it's cool to care", The Sydney Morning Herald, November 17, 2007