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Australian Startup Series Interviews

Craig Swann

Craig Swann

Craig Swann fears complacency may slow innovation Craig Swann is the Event Director for SouthStart, Australia’s first innovation impact festival which brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, and founders from around Australia. Craig has a long history...

Rohan McDougall

Rohan McDougall

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

Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Kate Jones explains why the Tech Council of Australia was founded 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. Currently she is an executive director with the Tech...

Mick Liubinskas

Mick Liubinskas

Mick Liubinskas: Australia's startup ecosystem would be stronger with a single city leading it Mick Liubinskas is the founder of Climate Salad, an organisation that aims to boost climate tech companies in Australia and New Zealand by providing tools, programs and...

Pete Lead

Pete Lead

Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail" Pete Lead is Head of Programs at BlueChilli, a tech startup accelerator, and the author of the The Startup Guide, a toolkit designed for startup founders. With a background in improv comedy,...

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg discusses the earliest days of the startup ecosystem 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...

Welcome to Day One Founder 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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