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Australian Startup History Interviews

James Fielding

James Fielding

James Fielding shares his belief that Australia's talent pool is world class Dr James Fielding is the Founder and Managing Director of Audeara, a hearing health technology company that produces headphones designed to deliver sound suited to an individual’s hearing...

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan shares the various software tools and platforms she utilizes Samantha Finnegan is the founder of Madebox, a company which provides customers with gift boxes of curated goods from small regional producers, in particular focusing on supporting regions...

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams discusses the future of cryptocurrency across many industries 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...

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall shares the benefits of growing your digital presence 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...

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett discusses the trap of "tech spaghetti" Emma Fawcett is General Manager, SME at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. Prior to working at MYOB, Emma has worked in a variety of roles in B2B and...

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley discusses the evolution of the startup ecosystem 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...

Welcome to Day One Interviews

Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Hi, and welcome to day one, the podcast for regional startups and the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to day one is brought to you by the city of Newcastle and Newihub. Newihub is a growing and vibrant community of Newcastle’s startups & founders. It’s a central hub where you can learn about what’s going on in our ecosystem, with events, available jobs and other resources. I’ll tell you more about Newihub later in the episode, but for now, let’s jump into the story of Damien Mahoney.

Today, Stackla is a global company with dozens of employees and offices in the US and UK. Many of their clients are household names: Macdonalds, Nintendo, Toyota, and Sony just to name a few. But the growth of the company has not always been smooth sailing, and in recent years they’ve weathered two major storms: the pandemic, which all but wiped out many of their key clients, and a legal battle with Facebook which required Damien to make an incredibly difficult decision to keep the company afloat.

But before we hear about how Stackla has been able to emerge from multiple catastrophes, first we need to go back to day one, and hear the story of how a part-time job in radio that was too good to pass up would ultimately lead Damien to become the CEO of a global technology startup.

Antony Martin from Hone

Antony Martin from Hone

Hello and welcome to a new episode of Welcome to Day One, the podcast for Aussie founders, startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle's brand new innovation platform,...

Mike McKiernan from Deckee

Mike McKiernan from Deckee

Hi, and welcome to day one, the podcast for regional startups and the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to day one is brought to you by the city of Newcastle. The City of Newcastle is a big supporter of entrepreneurship in our region and...

Colin Goudie from Social Pinpoint

Colin Goudie from Social Pinpoint

Hello and welcome to a new episode of Welcome to Day One, the podcast for Aussie founders, startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle's brand new innovation platform,...

Ryan MacPherson from Coassemble

Ryan MacPherson from Coassemble

Hi and Welcome to Day One, the podcast for regional startups & the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to Day One is brought to you by the City of Newcastle. Today I'd like to share the story of a Newcastle startup that has been flying...

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