Nick Bell (Australian entrepreneur)

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Nick Bell
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Born (1980-08-14) 14 August 1980 (age 38)
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Alma materVictoria University, Australia
OccupationFounder and managing director of First Page
OrganizationFirst Page

Nick Bell (born 14 August 1980) is an Australian businessman who founded & co-founded over 12 companies both locally & internationally. Bell founded his first digital agency with $400 in 2008 and now his group of companies exceed revenues of $100 million. Nick has been listed on the BRW Rich List three times with a net worth of $170 million.[1]

Early life & education[edit]

Born in country Victoria, Nick was raised on a small sheep and cattle farm. He attended Mowbray High School, then went on to Victoria University, Australia. His business ventures started at a young age, when he decided to barter off sandwiches to school friends to fund an overseas trip. Admitting to never being very study driven, Bell obtained a 57/100 for his high school entry score, before spending six months working at various bars across London. When Bell returned to Melbourne, he attempted to get back into study and spent six weeks in a business degree before dropping out.[2]

Career[edit]

At age 24, Bell launched his first business selling skincare products to treat acne, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.[3] Following this, Bell went on to teach himself search engine optimisation for websites, which led to him establishing WME.[4] WME was founded from Bell’s home and is now spread across 8 countries, with over 700 employees working between the various offices.[5]

ASX listed company Melbourne IT acquired 1/3 of Bells digital group (WME) in May 2017 for $39 million.[citation needed]

Synergy Investments[edit]

Bell is a serial investor with over 27 angel investments to date, such as Removify, Tribegroup.co & Vervoe.com.[6][7] These investments include a Melbourne-based app development company called Appscore.[8]

Recognition[edit]

  • WME has been recognised by SmartCompany as one of Australia's fasted growing tech companies between 2012-2014.[9][10]
  • The company was also ranked in the top 100 'Coolest Places to Work in Australia' by Anthill Online.[11]
  • In 2014, Nick Bell was voted one of Cleo’s Bachelors of the Year.[12]


Philosophy[edit]

Bell has been featured in numerous articles where he talks about low university entrance scores and how they shouldn't impact students' futures. He has been quoted as saying that a high tertiary score and university degree are not necessarily essential for business success, it comes down to the individuals use of common sense & work ethic..[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Magazine, Anthill. "Australia's first start-up school n alternative to uni and gap year". Anthill Online. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ "HSC results 2015: How 'terrible' result didn't stop businessman hitting heights". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Cathy. "An Entrepreneur's Advice to School Leavers: Uni Isn't For Everyone, choose what feels right and have no fear". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  4. ^ Keating, Eloise (24 June 2015). "Web marketing expert: How serial entrepreneur Nick Bell is taking his $45 million digital agency WME to the world". Smart Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  5. ^ Smith, Fiona (23 March 2016). "How WME's Nick Bell perfected the art of the cold call". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  6. ^ "HSC results 2015: How 'terrible' result didn't stop businessman hitting heights". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ "When there's a will there's a way: founder of WME, Australia's largest digital marketing agency rises from failure to $45 million". Dynamic Business Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Best App Ideas on CHANNEL 10" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Villanueva, Aaron Jefferson (17 September 2014). "24. Web Marketing Experts". Smart Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  10. ^ Francis, Meagan (7 September 2012). "Web Marketing Experts". SmartCompany. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  11. ^ Muir, Emma. "Straight outta Anthill: Australia's Coolest Companies 2015". Anthill Online. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Behind the scenes of the CLEO Bachelor of the Year SHIRTLESS shoot". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 January 2016.