Hey, I’m Rowan Kunz. 👋
I’m an educator, entrepreneur and writer. I love exploring the principles & strategies that help us become better leaders, of ourselves and our communities.
- My Feedback Experiment: What Happens When You Send 20+ People an Email Asking Them To Be Brutally Honest
- Control vs Acceptance: How to Let Go
- Why I Resigned as CEO of my Start-Up
- The 5 Life Lessons I Learned from My Twenties
- What Hugh Jackman Taught me About the Art of Not-Doing
My Journey So Far…
⚽ My dream growing up was to play soccer professionally. I didn’t make it – I just wasn’t good enough. Playing soccer, however, taught me a lot the discipline & persistence required to become great at something.
👨⚖ After completing a 5-year Combined Law degree from Sydney University (graduated 2009), I put my degree in my filing cabinet, closed the door on a corporate career and charted my own path.
✍️ I wrote a book, Secrets of HSC Success Revealed that shared the key strategies used by high performing students across Australia to excel academically in school.
💪 This kicked off 10 years of research into peak performance and how students can excel academically while staying healthy and led me to start Art of Smart Education and launch our Youtube channel which has over 2+ million views.
👩🎓 This began a life long passion with education, technology and entrepreneurship which led to the founding of Uni Australia, a Trip Advisor platform on Australian Universities used by 250K students. We got lucky when this business was acquired within 18 months.
💻 I then founded with a good friend myEd Online, a teaching & learning platform used by over 200 schools that enables teachers to personalise learning for over 100,000 students. myEd was named one of Australia’s Top 100 Innovations by Anthill Magazine and was acquired by Education Horizons Group.
🏆 Along the way, I’ve been lucky to be named Australian Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year, one of Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs and have pioneered 5x Australian firsts in Education.
What am I working on today?
🌱 In an increasingly fast-changing world where 60% of young people are training for jobs that will no longer exist in 20 years, I lead Art of Smart Education on our mission to help 1,000,000 young Australians confidently answer the difficult question, “What on earth do I do with my life when I finish school, and how do I get there?”
👉 We help thousands of students each year across NSW, VIC, and QLD get clarity on their future through our Pathfinder Program and online resources and then support them with our award-winning K-12 academic tutoring & mentoring to get confident, stay healthy, achieve their academic goals, and maximise their options for life after school.
📚 We recently just published the first comprehensive guide in Australia that supports students applying successfully for university early entry, scholarship and co-op opportunities called “The New University Entry Game.”
⚽ I’m a big Arsenal FC fan.
🤓 I love learning. My aspiration is to be as as Charlie Munger describes ‘a learning machine’.
🍲 My favourite food is Sri Lankan curries (My mum is Sri Lankan – the hotter the curry the better!)
🚴 I enjoy cycling and try to get out at least once per week.
📚 I absolutely love reading (Here’s what I’m reading at the moment.)
🎤 I’m hooked on public speaking and I’m a passionate Toastmaster. This is my club here. Visitors are always welcome, so come and say hi!)