Why did I just see Barack Obama in Sydney? | finder.com

Barack Obama was in Sydney today, but why?

To introduce our American website, finder.com

Make that change

Make that change

finder.com is about making that change to a better option, whether that’s with your money, insurance or even your shopping habits.

Make that change

A long time coming

finder.com has been in the making since we first launched in Australia in 2006. Now that dream is happening.

Make that change

Time to celebrate

Rejoice, America – great value deals and a better way of managing your money is coming, from sea to shining sea!

The President himself is on board with getting America in the saving spirit!


We welcomed the No. 1 Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, down under to give him a taste of what we’re doing in Australia – and he loved it!

Tesla rides, a welcome speech from the President, live music, American candy stands and a night of high-profile networking awaited those who attended our launch party at the Soda Factory in Surry Hills. Check out #finderparty on twitter and Facebook to stay in touch with the action!

That’s not all – keep reading for more videos, photos and fun stuff from the launch party!

Obama’s publicity stunt caused a stir in Pitt Street and Circular Quay


The President and finder.com Co-founder, Fred Schebesta, went for a walk-and-talk business meeting in the heart of the city, strolling through Circular Quay and Pitt Street Mall. The leisurely chat between the two was picked up by Today Tonight, which resulted in an extensive news piece on their nightly segment.

Click this video to watch the full story.

Sydney going nuts over the POTUS’ visit down under:

A little more on why we’re launching finder.com


We have huge plans for finder.com, but in its simplest form finder.com is the US extension of the comparison services and commitment finder.com.au has been giving to Australians since 2006. Beginning from a single idea penned on the back of an in-flight doggy bag, the call to action for people to make that change to their finances and their personal lives has grown into one of Australia’s biggest comparison sites.

Our Co-founders, Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia, are heading an international finder team primarily based out of our offices in Sydney, Australia, and Santa Monica, on Silicon Beach.

On finder.com, you’ll find some great value deals across:

  • – Credit Cards
  • – Personal Loans
  • – International Money Transfers
  • – Shopping deals and Coupon codes
  • – Internet TV

And we’ll be expanding into new and exciting products as we go along. Keep an eye out and bookmark finder.com for novel, effective and simple ways to save money. We hope to help Americans make the most of their money.

We couldn’t stop talking about Obama down under

Reggie on Today Show

Australia woke up to an address from Obama himself, and Lisa fangirled as she met the closest thing to the President of the US this side of the Pacific.

Reggie with Mashable

Mashable just had to chat to the POTUS while he was down under for the finder.com launch.

Reggie on news.com.au

Obama’s appearance in Martin place drove Sydney siders insane, with crowds queuing to snap selfies with the Commander in Chief.

finder.com launched in spectacular American style.


We had a banana split station, popcorn-making machine, red, white and blue cocktails, lots of sweet treats (Reese’s Pieces!) and the most patriotic cake you’ve ever seen. All-in-all, the guests were treated to a rockin’ time (thanks in large part to the live band) at the classicly-styled Soda Factory in Sydney’s Surry Hills district.

Watch the video for the address from the Commander-in-Chief (Reggie Brown) and for a taste of the festivities. It’s not everyday that a little Aussie company makes it all the way to the US, so we went all out with our launch party. We started with a bang and we can only go up from here.

The President announces his finder.com Australian trip.


Travelling to Sydney for the finder.com launch heralded a number of ‘firsts’ for the President – the first time an Australian comparison site has expanded to the US, a first for the team at one of Australia’s biggest comparison sites, and even the first time Reggie Brown had been to Australia. Exciting times all-round.

Here, we see the POTUS give an official address to announce his journey to Australia to celebrate the launch of our American comparison services.

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