fbpx

PODCAST

Tim Fung

Tim Fung

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

read more
Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava discusses the benefits of reshaping wholesale investor requirements Rohit Bhargava runs the podcast The Startup Playbook Podcast, where each week he interviews successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. Rohit first entered the startup...

read more
Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes

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

read more
Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford believes Australian Entrepreneurs would benefit from more networking 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...

read more
Serina Bird

Serina Bird

Serina Bird discusses her inspiration from Taiwan's startup ecosystem 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 Joyful Business Club which aims to support women...

read more
Moira Were

Moira Were

Moira Were discusses what metrics companies can use to measure "good" Moira Were has been involved in many endeavors in the Australian startup ecosystem throughout her long career, with a focus on projects striving for social good. Moira is the founder of the Hen...

read more
Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle sees a bias towards digital technologies in the ecosystem Tim Boyle is Director of Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Tim is also the director and founder of Nandin Innovation Centre, ANSTO’s...

read more
Bill Tai

Bill Tai

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

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
Pete Lead

Pete Lead

Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail" Pete Lead is former Head of Programs at tech startup accelerator BlueChilli, the author of the The Startup Guide, a toolkit designed for startup founders, and GM of Learning and Growth at...

read more
Alan Noble

Alan Noble

Alan Noble discusses the contrast between Silicon Valley and Australia in the 2000's 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 worked for 11 years as the...

read more
Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley explains why diversity is so important in the ecosystem 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’...

read more
Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock discusses the challenges for startups in 1998 and the evolution since Matt Bullock is the CEO and founder of Spinify, a gamification platform that aims to help motivate staff of an organisation through visibility of data. The idea for Spinify had its...

read more
James Tynan

James Tynan

James Tynan shares his unpopular views on startup accelerators 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....

read more
Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer discusses some common causes co-founders separate 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 is notable for being a rolling fund, a business model...

read more
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...

read more
Peter Bradd

Peter Bradd

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

read more
Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier offers his advice to startup founders 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...

read more
Emily Rich

Emily Rich

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

read more
Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce highlights the unique challenges facing Indigenous founders Leslie is the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director at Minderoo Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organisation seeking effective, scalable solutions to persistent problems. Leslie’s...

read more
Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper wants to see more non-traditional career approaches 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 founder of Ethitrade, Delmata and Allaran, cofounder of...

read more
Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic explains why diversity is crucial 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 to enable founders to start and successfully scale startups in...

read more
Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil Hayes-St Clair

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

read more
Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic on the emergence of modern cloud tools 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...

read more
David Burt

David Burt

David Burt explains why startups are essential to our standard of living David Burt is the Director of Entrepreneurship at UNSW, where his team helps students, academics, staff and alumni turn their ideas into a startup. He also serves as Non-Executive Director for...

read more
Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann explores the effects of the pandemic on startups Rachael Neumann is one of the founding partners of Flying Fox Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm backing startups in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this Rachael has played many roles in...

read more
Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper discusses Universities' role in the ecosystem 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 & Co, an early stage investment firm, founder of The Start...

read more
Chad Renando

Chad Renando

Chad Renando talks definitions of a strong ecosystem 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...

read more
Anna Wright

Anna Wright

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

read more
Annie Parker

Annie Parker

Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders Annie Parker is a startup investor and advisor with 20+ years of experience in the digital startup, technology and consulting sectors. Currently, Annie is the Executive Director for Tech Central, a community...

read more
Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley discusses the barriers she overcame when starting out Lucinda Hartley is an urban strategist and serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods that aims to solve the human data gap for the...

read more
Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill examines the war on talent in Australia 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...

read more
Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce discusses the organic growth of our ecosystem 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...

read more
Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull discusses innovation in the political sphere Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia between 2015 - 2018, in which time he launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), which aimed to drive innovation and Australia’s...

read more
Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn explains why leaders are learners 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...

read more
Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby discusses the gaps in the Australian startup ecosystem 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...

read more
Baden U’Ren

Baden U’Ren

Baden U'Ren on the importance of teaching our youth entrepreneurship Baden U’Ren is an entrepreneurship educator and innovation professional who has worked in a variety of roles within the Australian startup ecosystem. He is the co-founder of both The Unconventional...

read more
Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox highlights the contrasts between the Australian and US Ecosystems 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...

read more
James Alexander

James Alexander

James Alexander shares his thoughts on Governments' roles in startups 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...

read more
Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver discusses what investors look for in a founder 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 long and rich career, including The Wheeler Centre,...

read more
Phil Morle

Phil Morle

Phil Morle explains the struggles that incubators often face 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 science at their core. Prior to this role Phil co-founded...

read more
Silvia Pfeiffer

Silvia Pfeiffer

Silvia Pfeiffer discusses her first startup and the lessons it taught her Dr Silvia Pfeiffer is CEO of Coviu, a video telehealth company which provides software to healthcare providers. Originally from Germany, Silvia moved to Australia and worked for CSIRO exploring...

read more
Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps discusses the barriers to growth in the startup ecosystem 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...

read more
Dean McEvoy

Dean McEvoy

Dean McEvoy on egos and startups Dean McEvoy is a seasoned startup founder and angel investor, having founded three startups including Spreets.com, Australia’s first group buying site, which launched in February 2010 and sold only 11 months later for around $40...

read more
Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang explores diversity and social issues With a background in management consulting and corporate finance, Rachel Yang is a partner at Giant Leap, Australia’s first venture capital fund which exclusively backs founders using business as a force for good in the...

read more
Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner discusses his passion for nurturing startup communities 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...

read more
Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O'Brien: The startup ecosystem is overwhelmingly positive 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 Australian tech companies since its inception in...

read more
Georgie Turner

Georgie Turner

Georgie Turner discusses the next steps for Australia's ecosystem 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...

read more
Colin Kinner

Colin Kinner

Colin Kinner discusses the key missteps first time founders often make Colin Kinner is founder and CEO of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first time startup founders. With a long history of entrepreneurship, Colin has supported countless startups...

read more
Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Alan Jones: Can we talk about smartphones? 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 through...

read more
Melissa Widner

Melissa Widner

Melissa Widner discusses the huge progress of startups 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 involves lending to early stage startups and linking repayments to...

read more
Paul Bassat

Paul Bassat

Paul Bassat examines the evolution of the ecosystem 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 Securities Exchange with a market cap of $587 million. Paul moved...

read more
Hamish Hawthorn

Hamish Hawthorn

Hamish Hawthorn discusses the evolution of the ecosystem Hamish Hawthorn has been deeply involved in the development of the Australian startup ecosystem. A qualified mechanical engineer with postgraduate training in business and technology, Hamish is particularly...

read more
Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis on the importance of innovation Peta Ellis is the founder of EverydayEntrepreneur365.com.au, and an entrepreneur who’d founded 4 companies before 30, and has gone on to spend much of her career in a community building and mentor role. She has supporting...

read more
Michael Batko

Michael Batko

Michael Batko discusses the four prevalent business models of accelerators Michael Batko is the CEO of Startmate, an accelerator that has invested in 170+ startups across Australia and New Zealand with a collective portfolio value of two billion dollars. Originally...

read more
Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson on the importance of cooperation and competition 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 Open Innovation at Cadbury, founding CEO of the...

read more
Alfred Lo

Alfred Lo

Alfred Lo compares startup ecosystems in different nations 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...

read more
Julie Trell

Julie Trell

Julie Trell discusses the importance of diversity 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 the now defunct accelerator Muru-D, and to bring SheEO to Australia....

read more
Peter Davison

Peter Davison

Peter Davison: All it takes is guts and a vision 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...

read more
Maxine Sherrin

Maxine Sherrin

Maxine Sherrin discusses the importance of building a community of innovators 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...

read more
Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin and the importance of nurturing diversity 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...

read more
Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams on the importance of community and connection 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...

read more
Bruce Tulloch

Bruce Tulloch

Bruce Tulloch on some of the key challenges the Australian startup ecosystem faces Bruce Tulloch is the co-founder and managing director of BitScope Designs, which creates IOT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing tools for industrial and educational use. Bruce is...

read more
Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter on what the Australian Government could be doing to help the startup ecosystem In 1994, before the terms "startup" or "bootstrapping" were in common use, Steve Baxter started a successful internet service provider, SE Net, from the spare room of his...

read more
Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria. Before taking this position, Kate worked in a variety of...

read more
Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software companies, Niki would go on to co-found Blackbird, a venture capital firm...

read more
Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both freelancer.com, a service through which 54 million freelancers offer every type of service you can possibly...

read more
Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack on building communities and her passion for supporting founders 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 Startmate and Founder Institute, as CEO of...

read more
Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner says disruptive, scalable tech startups are critical Andrea Gardiner is the founder of Jelix, an investment firm which focuses on early stage technology startups in Australia and New Zealand. In her conversation with Adam, she shares her conviction...

read more
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.

read more
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,...

read more
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...

read more
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,...

read more
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...

read more
Innovation in Newy

Innovation in Newy

Hello and welcome to a brand new season of 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's brand new innovation platform, Newihub....

read more
Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava discusses the benefits of reshaping wholesale investor requirements Rohit Bhargava runs the podcast The Startup Playbook Podcast, where each week he interviews successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. Rohit first entered the startup...

Tim Fung

Tim Fung

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