Twenty Years as an Active Entrepreneur
Upon completing his doctorate at London Business School, Dr McKaskill worked as a management consultant, later co-founding Pioneer Computer Systems in Northampton, UK. After being its President for 13 years it was sold to Ross Systems Inc. During his tenure at Pioneer, the company grew from 3 to 160 people with offices in England, New Zealand and USA, raised venture capital, undertook two acquisitions and acquired over 2,000 customers. Following the sale of Pioneer to Ross Systems, Dr McKaskill stayed with Ross for three years and then left to form another company, Distinction Software Inc. In 1997 Atlanta based Distinction raised $US 2 million in venture capital and after five years, with a staff of 30, a subsidiary in New Zealand and distributors in five countries, was sold to Peoplesoft Inc. In 1994 Dr McKaskill started a consulting business in Kansas which was successfully sold in the following year.
Professor of International Business and Professor of Entrepreneurship
After a year as visiting Professor of International Business at Georgia State University, Dr McKaskill was appointed Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) in June 2001. Professor McKaskill was the Academic Director of the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at AGSE for the following 5 years. In 2006 Dr. McKaskill was appointed the Richard Pratt Chair in Entrepreneurship at AGSE. Dr McKaskill retired from Swinburne University in February 2008.
Dr. McKaskill is the author of twenty two books for entrepreneurs and angel investors covering such topics as new venture growth, raising venture capital, selling a business, acquisitions strategy and angel investing. He conducts workshops and seminars on these topics for entrepreneurs around the world. He has conducted workshops and seminars for educational institutions, associations, private firms and public corporations, including KPMG, St George Bank, AMP, AICD and PWC. His private strategic exit workshops for senior management teams, Directors and external investors is highly valued by venture capital firms. Dr. McKaskill is a successful columnist and writer for popular business magazines and entrepreneur portals.
Dr. McKaskill has over 20 years of experience as a Board Director. In the UK, Dr. McKaskill was an executive Director with angel investor and venture capital Board members. In the USA, Dr. McKaskill was an executive Director with a venture capital Board member. More recently in Australia, Dr. McKaskill has sat on Boards of a community bank, travel company and an investment fund as a non-executive Director.