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The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Interview Series
The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Interview Series

In 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' podcast, join host Adam Spencer as they delve into the fascinating history of the... more

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Tis the season to be reflective - 2023 in review on First Cheque - First Cheque

SummaryCheryl Mack and Maxine Minter reflect on the year 2023 and discuss the challenges and trends in the startup ecosystem.... more

22 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
BONUS: TSP - The VC slaughterhouse - Don't let investors kill your dreams

🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ episode. Yaniv and Chris are fired up about bad VC investors, and they can't hold it in any longer!Good... more

19 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Launch Event Bonus Episode - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

This special bonus episode was recorded live at Fishburners as part of the Spark Festival in October 2022, to celebrate... more

26 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Documentary: Part 6 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

What does the future hold for the Australian startup ecosystem? After five episodes focused on the past, this episode will... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour,
The Documentary: Part 5 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

Episode 5 begins during the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic which disrupted every facet of life as we knew it.... more

19 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
The Documentary: Part 4 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

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

19 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
The Documentary: Part 3 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

In episode 3, we take a deep dive into the birth of the Australian startup ecosystem. Although everyone may have... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Documentary: Part 2 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

Episode 2 begins in the aftermath of the dot com bust. We explore the story of LookSmart through the lens... more

19 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
The Documentary: Part 1 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

In this episode, we explore the seed phase of the Australian startup ecosystem, tracing its roots to some of the... more

19 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
Steve Grace explores how covid has altered the ways companies do business

Steve Grace is CEO and founder of The Nudge Group, which works with startups and scale-ups to support them through... more

13 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
Peter Tippett discusses the future evolution of company ownership and management

Peter Tippett is a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience working in startups both in Australia and around the world.... more

06 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
John Allsopp discusses the startup ecosystem's evolution from a “community” to an “industry”

John Allsopp is an author, web developer and conference organiser who’s been working in Australia’s startup ecosystem for nearly three... more

29 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
Lars Rasmussen discusses the key ingredients for successful founders

Lars Rasmussen is a Danish computer scientist and tech angel investor with a long history of working within the startup... more

22 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Ric Richardson discusses the contrasting skills required to invent and run a company

Ric Richardson is an Australian inventor who first came to prominence as a result of his invention of Software Activation,... more

15 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Brad Parsons talks about the risk tolerances of different startup ecosystems

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

08 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall discuss how social enterprises fit within the startup community

Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall are the founders of Taboo, a social enterprise that sell organic cotton pads and tampons,... more

25 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
The Documentary: Trailer - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

What will the new economy look like? As startups become the new way of life, Australia must become more open... more

23 Oct 2022 · 2 minutes
Joshua Flannery discusses the key differences between Australia and Japan's startup ecosystems

Joshua Flannery is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Dojo, an organisation active in both Australia and Japan which was... more

23 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Markus Kahlbetzer explores support opportunities for government and universities

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

18 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Pauline Fetaui discusses the difference between the corporate and startup worlds

Pauline Fetaui is General Manager at River City Labs, a startup community hub in Brisbane, as well as founder of... more

16 Oct 2022 · 40 minutes
Kim Heras relives the major milestones he witnessed during the growth of the ecosystem

Kim Heras is Partner at 25Fifteen, a “startup studio” which as Kim describes in the episode is a model of... more

11 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Darryl Lyons believes Australia has an opportunity to lead the world in Agri-tech

Darryl Lyons is the Entrepreneur in Residence at both James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland, and at Farmers2Founders, a national... more

09 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen

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

02 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups

Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and... more

27 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth

Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups,... more

25 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem

Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for... more

20 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups

Dr Dharmica Mistry is Director of Diagnostics and Industry Engagement at MTP Connect, a not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the... more

18 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical”

Wayne Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a tech company which manages engineering information for large, complex asset owners such as... more

13 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively

Don Wright is the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney... more

11 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Trevor Folsom discusses the challenge of securing talent for Australian startups

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

06 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Allan O'Connor discusses the viability of startup careers

Allan O’Connor is Co-Executive Director for the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at the University of South Australia,... more

04 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Sam Jockel shares her story and why it is so important to trust yourself

Sam Jockel is the founder of ParentTV, which offers hundreds of on-demand videos and courses to support the parenting and... more

30 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Alex Carpenter sees Australia's startup ecosystem as radically more collaborative than corporate settings

Alex Carpenter is the founder (or as he puts it, the “Initial Nudger, Steward and Groundskeeper”) of The Guild of... more

28 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
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... more

23 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

21 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
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... more

16 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
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.... more

14 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
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... more

09 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

07 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
Andrew Nunn believes Australian states and territories should work cooperatively rather than competitively

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

02 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Lana Weal highlights the mental health challenges faced by founders

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

31 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Arthur Sinodinos discusses the positive attributes Australia could learn from the US

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

26 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Petr Adámek sees the benefits of greater cohesion of the national startup ecosystem

Petr Adámek is the CEO of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), a not for profit with the mission of empowering... more

24 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Ashley Baxter discusses how UQ Ventures was invaluable for her startup

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

19 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Peter Devine discusses his move to research commercialisation

Peter Devine is CEO of Uniseed, Australia’s longest running venture fund which works with researchers, businesses and industry to provide... more

17 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
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... more

12 Jul 2022 · 37 minutes
Simon Thomsen saw technology alter the news and publishing landscape

Simon Thomsen is editor of Startup Daily and host of the Startup Daily show which airs on the business streaming... more

10 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
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.... more

05 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
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.... more

03 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
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... more

28 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

26 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

21 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
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... more

19 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
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... more

14 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
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... more

12 Jun 2022 · 46 minutes
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... more

07 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

05 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
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... more

02 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
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... more

31 May 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

29 May 2022 · 25 minutes
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... more

26 May 2022 · 40 minutes
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... more

24 May 2022 · 30 minutes
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.... more

22 May 2022 · 34 minutes
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... more

19 May 2022 · 35 minutes
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... more

17 May 2022 · 24 minutes
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... more

15 May 2022 · 51 minutes
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... more

12 May 2022 · 38 minutes
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.... more

10 May 2022 · 32 minutes
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... more

08 May 2022 · 19 minutes
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... more

05 May 2022 · 37 minutes
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... more

03 May 2022 · 15 minutes
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... more

01 May 2022 · 22 minutes
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... more

28 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
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... more

26 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
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... more

24 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

21 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

19 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

17 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders

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

13 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
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... more

12 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
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... more

10 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

07 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
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... more

05 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
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,... more

03 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
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... more

31 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

29 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
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

27 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
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... more

24 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
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... more

22 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
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... more

20 Mar 2022 · 42 minutes
The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Interview Series
Jodie Fox highlights the contrasts between the Australian and US Ecosystems
The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Interview Series

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Jodie Fox co-founded Shoes of Prey, an innovative shoe retail company which at its peak was a global business, with more than... more