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Interview Series

About The Series

In 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' podcast, join host Adam Spencer as he delves 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 industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, and experts, as well as a deep dive into the events and cultural shifts that have shaped the Australian startup scene. From the dot-com boom to the rise of fintech, this podcast will provide a unique and informative look at the past, present, and future of the Australian startup ecosystem.

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out in the world of startups, this podcast is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration. Tune in to 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' to learn more about the trailblazers who have paved the way for today's innovators.

Interviews

Launch Event Bonus Episode

Launch Event Bonus Episode

Powered by RedCircle 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 panel of eight guests, each...

Steve Grace

Steve Grace

Steve Grace explores how covid has altered the ways companies do business Powered by RedCircle 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...

Peter Tippett

Peter Tippett

Peter Tippett discusses the future evolution of company ownership and management Powered by RedCircle 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...

John Allsopp

John Allsopp

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

Ric Richardson

Ric Richardson

Ric Richardson discusses the contrasting skills required to invent and run a company Powered by RedCircle Ric Richardson is an Australian inventor who first came to prominence as a result of his invention of Software Activation, a technique used in software...

Lars Rasmussen

Lars Rasmussen

Lars Rasmussen discusses the key ingredients for successful founders Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Brad Parsons

Brad Parsons

Brad Parsons talks about the risk tolerances of different startup ecosystems Powered by RedCircle Brad Parsons is CEO and founder of Movus, a company that provides monitoring tools for industrial equipment with the mission of preserving the earth’s resources by...

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall discuss how social enterprises fit within the startup community Powered by RedCircle Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall are the founders of Taboo, a social enterprise that sell organic cotton pads and tampons, with all profits going...

Joshua Flannery

Joshua Flannery

Joshua Flannery discusses the key differences between Australia and Japan's startup ecosystems Powered by RedCircle 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...

Markus Kahlbetzer

Markus Kahlbetzer

Markus Kahlbetzer explores support opportunities for government and universities Powered by RedCircle Markus Kahlbetzer is CEO and founder of BridgeLane, which labels itself an “alternative investment company” and aims to bring innovation to more traditional...

Pauline Fetaui

Pauline Fetaui

Pauline Fetaui discusses the difference between the corporate and startup worlds Powered by RedCircle 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 designed to help...

Kim Heras

Kim Heras

Kim Heras relives the major milestones he witnessed during the growth of the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Darryl Lyons

Darryl Lyons

Darryl Lyons believes Australia has an opportunity to lead the world in Agri-tech Powered by RedCircle Darryl Lyons is the Entrepreneur in Residence at both James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland, and at Farmers2Founders, a national Agri-tech organisation that...

Emily Casey

Emily Casey

Emily Casey discusses the importance of visibility of the startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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....

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth Powered by RedCircle Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments...

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen Powered by RedCircle Yolanda Redrup is a senior journalist with The Australian Financial Review, with a focus on technology and healthcare. Yolanda first began covering...

Megan Sebben

Megan Sebben

Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups Powered by RedCircle Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and small...

Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups Powered by RedCircle 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...

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for carbon storage...

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical” Powered by RedCircle 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...

Don Wright

Don Wright

Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively Powered by RedCircle Don Wright is the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney University Launch...

Trevor Folsom

Trevor Folsom

Trevor Folsom discusses the challenge of securing talent for Australian startups Powered by RedCircle Trevor Folsom is Co-Founder and Chairman at Investible, an early-stage investment group that aims to connect ground-breaking companies with the capital, expertise and...

Allan O’Connor

Allan O’Connor

Allan O'Connor discusses the viability of startup careers Powered by RedCircle 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...

Sam Jockel

Sam Jockel

Sam Jockel shares her story and why it is so important to trust yourself Powered by RedCircle 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...

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter sees Australia's startup ecosystem as radically more collaborative than corporate settings Powered by RedCircle Alex Carpenter is the founder (or as he puts it, the “Initial Nudger, Steward and Groundskeeper”) of The Guild of Entrepreneurs, an...

James Fielding

James Fielding

James Fielding shares his belief that Australia's talent pool is world class Powered by RedCircle 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...

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall shares the benefits of growing your digital presence Powered by RedCircle 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...

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan shares the various software tools and platforms she utilizes Powered by RedCircle 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...

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams discusses the future of cryptocurrency across many industries Powered by RedCircle Hayden Williams is Senior Product Manager for Existing Customers at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. In...

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett discusses the trap of "tech spaghetti" Powered by RedCircle 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...

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley discusses the evolution of the startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn believes Australian states and territories should work cooperatively rather than competitively Powered by RedCircle Andrew Nunn is the co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director of JBS&G, one of Australia’s largest privately owned environmental...

Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos discusses the positive attributes Australia could learn from the US Powered by RedCircle Arthur Sinodinos is an Australian diplomat and former Liberal Party politician who has served as Ambassador to the United States since February 2020. He served as...

Lana Weal

Lana Weal

Lana Weal highlights the mental health challenges faced by founders Powered by RedCircle Lana Weal is the founder of Market Mindfully, a marketing consultancy company that aims to support impact-driven startups in Australia and New Zealand to tell their stories, make...

Petr Adámek

Petr Adámek

Petr Adámek sees the benefits of greater cohesion of the national startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter discusses how UQ Ventures was invaluable for her startup Powered by RedCircle Ashley Baxter is the founder of Monty Compost Co, a clean-tech startup building hardware and software technology for monitoring and managing organic waste recycling. With a...

Peter Devine

Peter Devine

Peter Devine discusses his move to research commercialisation Powered by RedCircle 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...

Simon Thomsen

Simon Thomsen

Simon Thomsen saw technology alter the news and publishing landscape Powered by RedCircle Simon Thomsen is editor of Startup Daily and host of the Startup Daily show which airs on the business streaming service AusBiz.com.au. He is also an investor in early stage...

Tim Fung

Tim Fung

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

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

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

Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes: Australian startup ecosystem needs to be brave enough to “think untraditionally” Powered by RedCircle Louise Nobes is the founder and CEO of KIK Innovation, an organisation that aims to end youth unemployment through enterprise. Louise is also the...

Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford believes Australian Entrepreneurs would benefit from more networking Powered by RedCircle 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...

Serina Bird

Serina Bird

Serina Bird discusses her inspiration from Taiwan's startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Moira Were

Moira Were

Moira Were discusses what metrics companies can use to measure "good" Powered by RedCircle 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...

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle sees a bias towards digital technologies in the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Bill Tai

Bill Tai

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

Craig Swann

Craig Swann

Craig Swann fears complacency may slow innovation Powered by RedCircle 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....

Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Kate Jones explains why the Tech Council of Australia was founded Powered by RedCircle 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...

Mick Liubinskas

Mick Liubinskas

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

Rohan McDougall

Rohan McDougall

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

Pete Lead

Pete Lead

Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail" Powered by RedCircle 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...

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg discusses the earliest days of the startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

James Tynan

James Tynan

James Tynan shares his unpopular views on startup accelerators Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock discusses the challenges for startups in 1998 and the evolution since Powered by RedCircle 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...

Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer discusses some common causes co-founders separate Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley explains why diversity is so important in the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Alan Noble

Alan Noble

Alan Noble discusses the contrast between Silicon Valley and Australia in the 2000's Powered by RedCircle 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...

Peter Bradd

Peter Bradd

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

Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier offers his advice to startup founders Powered by RedCircle Anthony Ferrier is an innovation and commercialisation specialist, primarily working within the intersection between startups and corporations. Anthony is the head of Innovation and...

Emily Rich

Emily Rich

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

Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce

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

Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper wants to see more non-traditional career approaches Powered by RedCircle 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...

Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic explains why diversity is crucial Powered by RedCircle 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...

Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil Hayes-St Clair: "Take care of yourself" Powered by RedCircle 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’...

Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic on the emergence of modern cloud tools Powered by RedCircle 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...

David Burt

David Burt

David Burt explains why startups are essential to our standard of living Powered by RedCircle 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...

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann explores the effects of the pandemic on startups Powered by RedCircle 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...

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper discusses Universities' role in the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Anna Wright

Anna Wright

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

Chad Renando

Chad Renando

Chad Renando talks definitions of a strong ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Annie Parker

Annie Parker

Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders Powered by RedCircle 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...

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley discusses the barriers she overcame when starting out Powered by RedCircle 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...

Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill examines the war on talent in Australia Powered by RedCircle 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...

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce discusses the organic growth of our ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull discusses innovation in the political sphere Powered by RedCircle 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...

Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby discusses the gaps in the Australian startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Baden U’Ren

Baden U’Ren

Baden U'Ren on the importance of teaching our youth entrepreneurship Powered by RedCircle 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...

Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn explains why leaders are learners Powered by RedCircle 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...

Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox highlights the contrasts between the Australian and US Ecosystems Powered by RedCircle 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...

James Alexander

James Alexander

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

Phil Morle

Phil Morle

Phil Morle explains the struggles that incubators often face Powered by RedCircle 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...

Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver discusses what investors look for in a founder Powered by RedCircle 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...

Silvia Pfeiffer

Silvia Pfeiffer

Silvia Pfeiffer discusses her first startup and the lessons it taught her Powered by RedCircle 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...

Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps discusses the barriers to growth in the startup ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Dean McEvoy

Dean McEvoy

Dean McEvoy on egos and startups Powered by RedCircle 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...

Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang explores diversity and social issues Powered by RedCircle 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...

Georgie Turner

Georgie Turner

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

Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner discusses his passion for nurturing startup communities Powered by RedCircle 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...

Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O'Brien: The startup ecosystem is overwhelmingly positive Powered by RedCircle 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...

Colin Kinner

Colin Kinner

Colin Kinner discusses the key missteps first time founders often make Powered by RedCircle 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...

Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Alan Jones: Can we talk about smartphones? Powered by RedCircle 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...

Melissa Widner

Melissa Widner

Melissa Widner discusses the huge progress of startups Powered by RedCircle 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...

Paul Bassat

Paul Bassat

Paul Bassat examines the evolution of the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis

Peta Ellis on the importance of innovation Powered by RedCircle 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....

Hamish Hawthorn

Hamish Hawthorn

Hamish Hawthorn discusses the evolution of the ecosystem Powered by RedCircle 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...

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson on the importance of cooperation and competition Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Michael Batko

Michael Batko

Michael Batko discusses the four prevalent business models of accelerators Powered by RedCircle 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...

Alfred Lo

Alfred Lo

Alfred Lo compares startup ecosystems in different nations Powered by RedCircle 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...

Julie Trell

Julie Trell

Julie Trell discusses the importance of diversity Powered by RedCircle 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...

Peter Davison

Peter Davison

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

Maxine Sherrin

Maxine Sherrin

Maxine Sherrin discusses the importance of building a community of innovators Powered by RedCircle 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...

Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin and the importance of nurturing diversity Powered by RedCircle Lauren Capelin is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist passionate about the development and application of new business models, corporate social innovation, impact...

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams on the importance of community and connection Powered by RedCircle 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,...

Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter

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

Bruce Tulloch

Bruce Tulloch

Bruce Tulloch on some of the key challenges the Australian startup ecosystem faces Powered by RedCircle 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...

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey Powered by RedCircle 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...

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future Powered by RedCircle 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...

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point Powered by RedCircle 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...

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack on building communities and her passion for supporting founders Powered by RedCircle 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...

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner says disruptive, scalable tech startups are critical Powered by RedCircle 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...

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