How this UQ alumni started a $35 blog and turned it into a $35 million business.

How this UQ alumni started a $35 blog and turned it into a $35 million business.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably thought at some point: ‘wouldn’t it be cool if I could make millions just blogging about something I love?’

Well, that’s exactly what Alborz Fallah did.

A Brisbane local through and through, Fallah immigrated to Australia from Iran when he was 9. He attended Indooroopilly State High School and studied IT here at UQ.

An entrepreneur from his teens, Fallah’s first foray in to the business world was starting up a site called ‘I Hate Netscape’, where fellow high school students could tell their friends about what they were up to during the day.

In 2006, Fallah used $35 to buy a domain name called

Just over 10 years later, he’s gone on to sell a majority stake in his business to Nine Entertainment for $35 million.


“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success” – Biz Stone, Co-Founder, Twitter”


We’ll be catching up with Fallah this Friday for a special fireside chat and are keen to pick his brain on his journey; advice to other young founders out there; and find out more about what’s next for him. There are limited spots left for the event so make sure you register here for your chance to meet him in person. For those who can’t make it, or miss out on tickets, we’ll also be livestreaming the event on Facebook, so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

Fallah is speaking at ilab on Friday as part of this weekend’s Germinate 10 Bootcamp. We still have a few spots left looking for volunteers to help us run the event so if you’re free, we need your help! It’s a great way to get a taste of the #startuplife, without jumping head first into the madness. You will get an understanding of what happens #behindthescenes to execute a bootcamp event; meet our next intake of budding entrepreneurs; find out what happens in an accelerator program; and, meet industry experts, seasoned founders and investors in the startup space! Can’t make it for the whole weekend? No worries! We’re looking to fill up various time slots so, if you can’t commit to the whole weekend, that’s no problem!

Interested? Reach out to our Community Manager, Bec at and let her know! And, bring your friends! #squadgoals

See you this weekend?