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The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Interview Series

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In 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' podcast, join host Adam Spencer as they delve into the fascinating history of the Australian startup ecosystem. From the earliest tech companies to the success stories of today, this series covers it all.Each episode will feature interviews with i… read more

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Launch Event Bonus Episode - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

February 26th, 2023


This special bonus episode was recorded live at Fishburners as part of the Spark Festival in October 2022, to celebrate the launch of The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem documentary. The event included a …

The Documentary: Part 6 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


What does the future hold for the Australian startup ecosystem? After five episodes focused on the past, this episode will finally be tackling that …

The Documentary: Part 5 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


Episode 5 begins during the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic which disrupted every facet of life as we knew it. As lockdowns and other measures were enacted throughout the country, different markets and industries were …

The Documentary: Part 4 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


This episode kicks off in September 2015, when Malcolm Turnbull was elected as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Unveiling the National …

The Documentary: Part 3 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


In episode 3, we take a deep dive into the birth of the Australian startup ecosystem. Although everyone may have a different perspective on what caused this "cambrian explosion", we discuss 7 key catalysts in this …

The Documentary: Part 2 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


Episode 2 begins in the aftermath of the dot com bust. We explore the story of LookSmart through the lens of its co-founder, Evan Thornley and the tough choices he had to make. Up until this point, founders largely …

The Documentary: Part 1 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

December 19th, 2022


In this episode, we explore the seed phase of the Australian startup ecosystem, tracing its roots to some of the earliest catalysts to what we see today. Australian pioneers started innovating well before anything …

Steve Grace explores how covid has altered the ways companies do business

December 13th, 2022


Steve Grace is CEO and founder of The Nudge Group, which works with startups and scale-ups to support them through various stages of business growth. Based in Australia, The Nudge Group has expanded globally with …

Peter Tippett discusses the future evolution of company ownership and management

December 6th, 2022


Peter Tippett is a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience working in startups both in Australia and around the world. He is currently working on three ventures, all of which he co-founded in the last few years: …

John Allsopp discusses the startup ecosystem's evolution from a “community” to an “industry”

November 29th, 2022


John Allsopp is an author, web developer and conference organiser who’s been working in Australia’s startup ecosystem for nearly three decades. In 2006 he co-founded Web Directions, a conference series for people …

Lars Rasmussen discusses the key ingredients for successful founders

November 22nd, 2022


Lars Rasmussen is a Danish computer scientist and tech angel investor with a long history of working within the startup ecosystem both within Australia and internationally, including as co-founder of Google Maps, and as …

Ric Richardson discusses the contrasting skills required to invent and run a company

November 15th, 2022


Ric Richardson is an Australian inventor who first came to prominence as a result of his invention of Software Activation, a technique used in …

Brad Parsons talks about the risk tolerances of different startup ecosystems

November 8th, 2022


Brad Parsons is CEO and founder of Movus, a company that provides monitoring tools for industrial equipment with the mission of preserving the …

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall discuss how social enterprises fit within the startup community

October 25th, 2022


Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall are the founders of Taboo, a social enterprise that sell organic cotton pads and tampons, with all profits going towards eradicating period poverty. The Eloise and Isobel were first …

The Documentary: Trailer - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

October 23rd, 2022


What will the new economy look like? As startups become the new way of life, Australia must become more open and less restrictive to encourage innovation. Hear entrepreneurs' firsthand accounts of their journey and …

Joshua Flannery discusses the key differences between Australia and Japan's startup ecosystems

October 23rd, 2022


Joshua Flannery is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Dojo, an organisation active in both Australia and Japan which was founded in 2016 to support startups and entrepreneurs. Josh (as he prefers to be called) has had a …

Markus Kahlbetzer explores support opportunities for government and universities

October 18th, 2022


Markus Kahlbetzer is CEO and founder of BridgeLane, which labels itself an “alternative investment company” and aims to bring innovation to more …

Pauline Fetaui discusses the difference between the corporate and startup worlds

October 16th, 2022


Pauline Fetaui is General Manager at River City Labs, a startup community hub in Brisbane, as well as founder of CheeHoo, a personal assistant app …

Kim Heras relives the major milestones he witnessed during the growth of the ecosystem

October 11th, 2022


Kim Heras is Partner at 25Fifteen, a “startup studio” which as Kim describes in the episode is a model of startup support similar but distinct from accelerators and incubators. Kim has contributed to the growth of …

Darryl Lyons believes Australia has an opportunity to lead the world in Agri-tech

October 9th, 2022


Darryl Lyons is the Entrepreneur in Residence at both James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland, and at Farmers2Founders, a national Agri-tech organisation that helps aspiring entrepreneurs and founders from early …

Emily Casey discusses the importance of visibility of the startup ecosystem

October 4th, 2022


Emily Casey is the founder and director of What The Health, a health media company and community that aims to fuel the next generation of health innovation in Australia. Emily initially pursued a more traditional career …

Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen

October 2nd, 2022


Yolanda Redrup is a senior journalist with The Australian Financial Review, with a focus on technology and healthcare. Yolanda first began covering …

Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups

September 27th, 2022


Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and small businesses develop their business and grow by providing funding support and …

Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth

September 25th, 2022


Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments at every stage of their innovation journey. Alex …

Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem

September 20th, 2022


Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for carbon storage in …

Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups

September 18th, 2022


Dr Dharmica Mistry is Director of Diagnostics and Industry Engagement at MTP Connect, a not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the MedTech, BioTech and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to this she was the …

Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical”

September 13th, 2022


Wayne Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a tech company which manages engineering information for large, complex asset owners such as councils, hospitals, power and water utilities and mining companies. Wayne is also …

Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively

September 11th, 2022


Don Wright is the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney University Launch Pad, a business and innovation support program that provides …

Trevor Folsom discusses the challenge of securing talent for Australian startups

September 6th, 2022


Trevor Folsom is Co-Founder and Chairman at Investible, an early-stage investment group that aims to connect ground-breaking companies with the …

Allan O'Connor discusses the viability of startup careers

September 4th, 2022


Allan O’Connor is Co-Executive Director for the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at the University of South Australia, as well as a researcher and teacher for for the undergraduate Bachelor of Business …

Sam Jockel shares her story and why it is so important to trust yourself

August 30th, 2022


Sam Jockel is the founder of ParentTV, which offers hundreds of on-demand videos and courses to support the parenting and care of children from birth to teens. Sam is also the Entrepreneur In Residence at The University …

Alex Carpenter sees Australia's startup ecosystem as radically more collaborative than corporate settings

August 28th, 2022


Alex Carpenter is the founder (or as he puts it, the “Initial Nudger, Steward and Groundskeeper”) of The Guild of Entrepreneurs, an independent organisation that draws on Alex’s experience, as well as that of many …

James Fielding shares his belief that Australia's talent pool is world class

August 23rd, 2022


Dr James Fielding is the Founder and Managing Director of Audeara, a hearing health technology company that produces headphones designed to deliver …

Hayden Williams discusses the future of cryptocurrency across many industries

August 21st, 2022


Hayden Williams is Senior Product Manager for Existing Customers at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. In his conversation with Adam, Hayden discusses the …

Samantha Finnegan shares the various software tools and platforms she utilizes

August 16th, 2022


Samantha Finnegan is the founder of Madebox, a company which provides customers with gift boxes of curated goods from small regional producers, in …

Emma Fawcett discusses the trap of "tech spaghetti"

August 14th, 2022


Emma Fawcett is General Manager, SME at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. Prior to …

Vicki Engsall shares the benefits of growing your digital presence

August 9th, 2022


Vicki Engsall is the co-founder of The Jojoba Company, an Australian skincare company which produces a range of products which use jojoba oil, a liquid wax ester extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. Vicki’s …

Evan Thornley discusses the evolution of the startup ecosystem

August 7th, 2022


Evan Thornley is a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience founding and leading tech startups, including Australia’s first to be listed on the NASDAQ and reach a more than $1 billion valuation. In 1995 Evan …

Andrew Nunn believes Australian states and territories should work cooperatively rather than competitively

August 2nd, 2022


Andrew Nunn is the co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director of JBS&G, one of Australia’s largest privately owned environmental consulting …

Lana Weal highlights the mental health challenges faced by founders

July 31st, 2022


Lana Weal is the founder of Market Mindfully, a marketing consultancy company that aims to support impact-driven startups in Australia and New …

Arthur Sinodinos discusses the positive attributes Australia could learn from the US

July 26th, 2022


Arthur Sinodinos is an Australian diplomat and former Liberal Party politician who has served as Ambassador to the United States since February 2020. …

Petr Adámek sees the benefits of greater cohesion of the national startup ecosystem

July 24th, 2022


Petr Adámek is the CEO of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), a not for profit with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to create positive change. Peter, originally from the Czech Republic, first entered the …

Ashley Baxter discusses how UQ Ventures was invaluable for her startup

July 19th, 2022


Ashley Baxter is the founder of Monty Compost Co, a clean-tech startup building hardware and software technology for monitoring and managing organic …

Peter Devine discusses his move to research commercialisation

July 17th, 2022


Peter Devine is CEO of Uniseed, Australia’s longest running venture fund which works with researchers, businesses and industry to provide the best pathway to commercialise cutting-edge research. Peter has been with …

Tim Fung explains why Australia is a great market to test startup ideas

July 12th, 2022


Tim Fung is founder of Airtasker, a local services marketplace connecting people and businesses who need work done with people wanting to work. He is also co-founder and Director of Tank Stream Labs, a tech startup …

Simon Thomsen saw technology alter the news and publishing landscape

July 10th, 2022


Simon Thomsen is editor of Startup Daily and host of the Startup Daily show which airs on the business streaming service He is also an investor in early stage startups, and was previously Associate …

Rohit Bhargava discusses the benefits of reshaping wholesale investor requirements

July 5th, 2022


Rohit Bhargava runs the podcast The Startup Playbook Podcast, where each week he interviews successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. …

Louise Nobes: Australian startup ecosystem needs to be brave enough to “think untraditionally”

July 3rd, 2022


Louise Nobes is the founder and CEO of KIK Innovation, an organisation that aims to end youth unemployment through enterprise. Louise is also the founder of 42 Adelaide, an Australian branch of the global educational …

Darren Winterford believes Australian Entrepreneurs would benefit from more networking

June 28th, 2022


Darren Winterford is the founder and CEO of EdApp, a mobile focused LMS (learning management system) which allows its users to create learning experiences that can be accessed on mobile devices in bite sized chunks …

Craig Swann fears complacency may slow innovation

June 26th, 2022


Craig Swann is the Event Director for SouthStart, Australia’s first innovation impact festival which brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, …

Serina Bird discusses her inspiration from Taiwan's startup ecosystem

June 21st, 2022


Serina Bird is the author of The Joyful Frugalista, a personal finance guide, and runs online courses on money and finance. She also founded The …

Moira Were discusses what metrics companies can use to measure "good"

June 19th, 2022


Moira Were has been involved in many endeavors in the Australian startup ecosystem throughout her long career, with a focus on projects striving for …

Tim Boyle sees a bias towards digital technologies in the ecosystem

June 14th, 2022


Tim Boyle is Director of Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Tim is also the …

Bill Tai highlights the key similarities and differences between Silicon Valley and Australia

June 12th, 2022


Bill Tai is a global venture capitalist who is based in Silicon Valley and spends part of the year in Perth. Bill has been funding startups as a Venture Capitalist since 1991, and has had 23 of his startups become …

Rohan McDougall highlights the current risks to Western Australia's economy

June 7th, 2022


Rohan McDougall is the director of commercialisation at Curtin University, where his team work to identify business opportunities for new products and services that arise research conducted at the university. Rohan has …

Kate Jones explains why the Tech Council of Australia was founded

June 5th, 2022


Kate Jones is the former Minister for Innovation in the Queensland government, and has spent the last 20 years of her life working in politics. …

Kylie Frazer discusses some common causes co-founders separate

June 2nd, 2022


Kylie Frazer is co-founder and partner of Flying Fox Ventures, an Australian investment firm with a focus on early stage tech companies. Flying Fox …

James Tynan shares his unpopular views on startup accelerators

May 31st, 2022


James Tynan is Principal at Square Peg, which is currently Australia’s largest independent Venture Capital firm with $1.6 billion under management and offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Tel Aviv. Prior to …

Pete Horsley explains why diversity is so important in the ecosystem

May 29th, 2022


Pete Horsley is the founder of Remarkable, a tech accelerator for early stage startups in the disability tech space. Starting his career as a landscape architect, Pete now has more than 10 years’ experience working in …

Mick Liubinskas: Australia's startup ecosystem would be stronger with a single city leading it

May 26th, 2022


Mick Liubinskas is the founder of Climate Salad, an organisation that aims to boost climate tech companies in Australia and New Zealand by providing …

Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail"

May 24th, 2022


Pete Lead is former Head of Programs at tech startup accelerator BlueChilli, the author of the The Startup Guide, a toolkit designed for startup …

Alan Noble discusses the contrast between Silicon Valley and Australia in the 2000's

May 22nd, 2022


Alan Noble is the founder of AusOcean, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of helping the world’s oceans through technology. Alan also …

Terry Hilsberg discusses the earliest days of the startup ecosystem

May 19th, 2022


Terry Hilsberg is a co-owner and partner in Fork Ventures, an investment firm that primarily focuses its investments in crypto projects. Terry is also a Venture Partner in InnoHub Capital, a global innovation …

Matt Bullock discusses the challenges for startups in 1998 and the evolution since

May 17th, 2022


Matt Bullock is the CEO and founder of Spinify, a gamification platform that aims to help motivate staff of an organisation through visibility of …

Emily Rich explains why taking "smart money" is often a better path

May 15th, 2022


Emily Rich is a co-founder and partner at M8 Ventures, a venture fund that focuses on investing in tech startups during their “pre-seed” stage. Emily is also Director of Startups for APAC, where she has been tasked with …

Peter Bradd discusses the expectation-shattering progress the ecosystem has made

May 12th, 2022


Peter Bradd was the founding director and initial CEO of Fishburners, one of Australia’s first coworking spaces which has been home to a community of startups since its founding in 2011. Peter has also served as Board …

Leslie Delaforce highlights the unique challenges facing Indigenous founders

May 10th, 2022


Leslie is the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director at Minderoo Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organisation seeking effective, scalable …

Anthony Ferrier offers his advice to startup founders

May 8th, 2022


Anthony Ferrier is an innovation and commercialisation specialist, primarily working within the intersection between startups and corporations. Anthony is the head of Innovation and Commercialisation at Swinburne …

Colette Grgic explains why diversity is crucial

May 5th, 2022


Colette Grgic is Head of Startup Ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand at AWS (Amazon Web Service), a role which sees her leading a team that works …

Zoe Piper wants to see more non-traditional career approaches

May 3rd, 2022


Zoe Piper has been working at the intersection of industry, research and government for two decades, with a diverse and lengthy résumé. She is the …

Phil Hayes-St Clair: "Take care of yourself"

May 1st, 2022


Phil Hayes-St Clair is co-founder and CEO of Drop Bio, a digital health company with a mission of accelerating the world’s transition to personalised health by increasing consumers and clinicians’ access to data. Phil …

Zrinka Tokic on the emergence of modern cloud tools

April 28th, 2022


Zrinka Tokic is the director of ThincLab, the University of Adelaide’s business incubator that has its headquarters in Adelaide but also has locations in Singapore and New Zealand. Zrinka is also director of the …

David Burt explains why startups are essential to our standard of living

April 26th, 2022


David Burt is the Director of Entrepreneurship at UNSW, where his team helps students, academics, staff and alumni turn their ideas into a startup. …

Rachael Neumann explores the effects of the pandemic on startups

April 24th, 2022


Rachael Neumann is one of the founding partners of Flying Fox Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm backing startups in Australia and New …

Pete Cooper discusses Universities' role in the ecosystem

April 21st, 2022


Pete Cooper is a serial founder and mentor who has worked in a wide variety of roles in the technology startup space. He is Director of Cooper & …

Anna Wright: why "fail fast" is the greatest advice

April 19th, 2022


Anna Wright is the CEO and co-founder of BindiMaps, a smartphone app that helps anybody find their way around complicated indoor spaces such as shopping centres and hospitals. Their mission is to make every indoor space …

Chad Renando talks definitions of a strong ecosystem

April 17th, 2022


Chad Renando is director of Startup Status, a not-for-profit which aims to help organisations that support entrepreneurs by mapping and measuring the innovation ecosystem across Australia. He is also Managing Director …

Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders

April 13th, 2022


Annie Parker is a startup investor and advisor with 20+ years experience in the digital startup, technology and consulting sectors. Currently, Annie …

Brendan Hill examines the war on talent in Australia

April 12th, 2022


Brendan Hill is an angel investor and startup mentor and advisor. He is Syndicate Lead at Logan and Wayne, a firm that invest in early stage tech startups. Before becoming an investor, Brendan founded and ran an online …

Lucinda Hartley discusses the barriers she overcame when starting out

April 10th, 2022


Lucinda Hartley is an urban strategist and serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for …

Baden U'Ren on the importance of teaching our youth entrepreneurship

April 7th, 2022


Baden U’Ren is an entrepreneurship educator and innovation professional who has worked in a variety of roles within the Australian startup ecosystem. …

Daniel Flynn explains why leaders are learners

April 5th, 2022


Daniel Flynn is co-founder of Thankyou, a social enterprise that was founded in 2008 and sells consumer products to help end extreme poverty. In 2015 Daniel’s book, Chapter One, became a bestseller and generated $1.4 …

Aaron Birkby discusses the gaps in the Australian startup ecosystem

April 3rd, 2022


Aaron Birkby is the co-founder of The Unconventional Group, and has over two decades experience working as a founder, advisor, board member, investor and facilitator in the Australian startup ecosystem. He has worked in …

Mark Pesce discusses the organic growth of our ecosystem

March 31st, 2022


Mark Pesce is the host of This Week In Startups Australia (TWISTA), a podcast which has charted the growth and maturity of Australia’s startup ecosystem since 2014. Born in the US, Mark first worked for a startup in …

Malcolm Turnbull discusses innovation in the political sphere

March 29th, 2022


Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia between 2015 - 2018, in which time he launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda …

Jodie Fox highlights the contrasts between the Australian and US Ecosystems

March 27th, 2022


Jodie Fox co-founded Shoes of Prey, an innovative shoe retail company which at its peak was a global business, with more than 200 staff, six million shoes designed and US $27 million in funding raised. After Shoes of …

James Alexander shares his thoughts on Governments' roles in startups

March 24th, 2022


James Alexander is the co-founder of Galileo Ventures, which focuses on investing in young, first time startup founders. Prior to this, James founded Incubate, an accelerator program run out of the University of Sydney. …

Susan Oliver discusses what investors look for in a founder

March 22nd, 2022


An Angel Investor and co-founder of multiple startup ventures, Susan Oliver has also served as a board member on over a dozen organisations in her …

Phil Morle explains the struggles that incubators often face

March 20th, 2022


Phil Morle is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by the CSIRO which invests in early stage technology companies with …

Silvia Pfeiffer discusses her first startup and the lessons it taught her

March 17th, 2022


Dr Silvia Pfeiffer is CEO of Coviu, a video telehealth company which provides software to healthcare providers. Originally from Germany, Silvia moved …

Murray Hurps discusses the barriers to growth in the startup ecosystem

March 15th, 2022


Murray Hurps is the Director of Entrepeneurship at UTS, tasked with growing the number of student-founded startups coming out of the university. With a long list of credentials in the Australian startup ecosystem, …

Rachel Yang explores diversity and social issues

March 13th, 2022


With a background in management consulting and corporate finance, Rachel Yang is a partner at Giant Leap, Australia’s first venture capital fund …

Ian Gardiner discusses his passion for nurturing startup communities

March 10th, 2022


Ian Gardiner is an Investment Partner at Jelix Ventures, a firm which invests in early stage tech startups in Australia and New Zealand, and a co-founder of Innovation Bay, which works to create and nurture supportive …

Nicole O'Brien: The startup ecosystem is overwhelmingly positive

March 8th, 2022


Nicole O’Brien is CEO of Fishburners, a not-for-profit co-working space and community hub for tech startup founders with a rich history of supporting …

Dean McEvoy on egos and startups

March 6th, 2022


Dean McEvoy is a seasoned startup founder and angel investor, having founded three startups including, Australia’s first group buying …

Georgie Turner discusses the next steps for Australia's ecosystem

March 3rd, 2022


Georgie Turner is Principal at Tidal Ventures, a seed-stage focused venture capital investment firm which is based in Australia and has an office in the US. Tidal Ventures invest primarily in B2B software startups. …

Colin Kinner discusses the key missteps first time founders often make

March 1st, 2022


Colin Kinner is founder and CEO of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first time startup founders. With a long history of …

Alan Jones: Can we talk about smartphones?

February 27th, 2022


With experience founding and co-founding tech startups since 1995, Alan Jones is a veteran of Australia’s startup ecosystem. An angel investor and advisor, Alan has supported Australian startups independently and …

Paul Bassat examines the evolution of the ecosystem

February 24th, 2022


After practicing as a lawyer for six years, Paul Bassat co-founded Seek with his brother Andrew in 1997, which in 2005 was floated on the Australian …

Melissa Widner discusses the huge progress of startups

February 22nd, 2022


Melissa Widner is the CEO of Lighter Capital, an investment firm that is based in the US and launched in Australia in 2020. Their novel model …

Hamish Hawthorn discusses the evolution of the ecosystem

February 20th, 2022


Hamish Hawthorn has been deeply involved in the development of the Australian startup ecosystem. A qualified mechanical engineer with postgraduate …

Peta Ellis on the importance of innovation

February 17th, 2022


Peta Ellis is the founder of, and an entrepreneur who’d founded 4 companies before 30, and has gone on to spend much …

Alfred Lo compares startup ecosystems in different nations

February 15th, 2022


Alfred Lo is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Harvest B, a tech startup developing a plant-based meat ingredient system. Previously Chief Investment Officer at Cicada Innovations, an incubator for Australian …

Sarah Pearson on the importance of cooperation and competition

February 13th, 2022


Dr Sarah Pearson has a wealth of experience from a wide variety of roles within the science, technology and startup sector. Previously Global Head of …

Michael Batko discusses the four prevalent business models of accelerators

February 10th, 2022


Michael Batko is the CEO of Startmate, an accelerator that has invested in 170+ startups across Australia and New Zealand with a collective portfolio …

Julie Trell discusses the importance of diversity

February 8th, 2022


Julie Trell is an American woman who moved to Australia in 2017 to pursue two opportunities in the Australian startup ecosystem: working as head of …

Peter Davison: All it takes is guts and a vision

February 6th, 2022


With no experience but a lot of guts and vision, Peter Davison moved to Silicon Valley and started a Venture Capital firm with a friend in 1998. They had several early successes, most famously as early investors in …

Maxine Sherrin discusses the importance of building a community of innovators

February 3rd, 2022


Maxine Sherrin is the Program Director of Spark Festival, a not-for-profit festival that aims to grow entrepreneurship in Australia by bringing together people from all corners of the startup world: founders, investors, …

Cameron Adams on the importance of community and connection

February 1st, 2022


Cameron Adams is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, an online design platform with over 20 million users. After starting his own design agency and then working for Google, Cameron founded Fluent with two …

Lauren Capelin and the importance of nurturing diversity

January 30th, 2022


Lauren Capelin is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist passionate about the development and application of new business models, corporate social innovation, impact investment and fostering …

Bruce Tulloch on some of the key challenges the Australian startup ecosystem faces

January 27th, 2022


Bruce Tulloch is the co-founder and managing director of BitScope Designs, which creates IOT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing tools for …

Steve Baxter on what the Australian Government could be doing to help the startup ecosystem

January 25th, 2022


In 1994, before the terms "startup" or "bootstrapping" were in common use, Steve Baxter started a successful internet service provider, SE Net, from …

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey

January 23rd, 2022


Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria. Before taking …

Andrea Gardiner says disruptive, scalable tech startups are critical

January 23rd, 2022


Andrea Gardiner is the founder of Jelix, an investment firm which focuses on early stage technology startups in Australia and New Zealand. In her …

Cheryl Mack on building communities and her passion for supporting founders

January 23rd, 2022


Cheryl Mack is passionate about supporting founders and has done so in a variety of roles over the years: as a mentor for programs including …

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point

January 23rd, 2022


As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both, a service through which 54 million freelancers offer every type of service you can possibly imagine, as well as, a …

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future

January 23rd, 2022


Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software …

The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem

January 5th, 2022


3 interviews will be released each week starting in January. The audio documentary that will tell the story of the Australian startup ecosystem will be released in June 2022.

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