Tom Willis in conversation with Damien Rocchie
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Damien Rocchi is CEO & Founder of Grand Circus, a Michigan-based coding bootcamp that has trained more than 2,000 students across the region. Damien is a native Australian who is passionate about tech-led economic development and the application of new approaches to education. In 2014, Damien was a recipient of the DBusiness “Champion of the New Economy” award for his contribution to Detroit’s entrepreneurial community. Damien has regularly featured on Detroit’s Techweek 100 and in 2018 was an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” regional award winner.
Much of Damien’s experience involves building and growing new businesses, and he has led several teams within some of Australia’s largest consumer-focused companies. Prior to founding Grand Circus, Damien worked at Fairfax Business Media in Australia where he managed a group of digital businesses dealing in research & data, professional education, and digital news. In a former life, Damien also worked at McKinsey & Company where he guided business strategy in organizations across Australasia. Damien holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and an Economics Degree from Monash University in Australia.
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